DGA Student Film Awards


The 26th Annual DGA Student Film Awards
Application Period Is Now Closed.

Thank you to all those who applied. Good luck!

Winners will be announced in December 2020.

Each year the Directors Guild of America holds its annual Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and women filmmakers. The awards, which bring the winners prizes of $2,500 from the DGA, are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in film schools and other select universities.

You can browse through a year by year history of the DGA Student Film Awards by clicking on the timeline below to view winners and photos.


2019 Student Film Award Winners

25th Annual DGA Student Film Awards in Los Angeles  
Best African American Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Darius D. Dawson of AFI – A Rodeo Film
  • Jury Award: Khaled Ridgeway of USC – Night Diner

East Region

  • Award Winner: Adewale Olukayode of Columbia University – Home
  • Jury Award: Justin Fairweather of Towson University – Dog Person

Best Asian American Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Jing Ai Ng of AFI – Fleck
  • Jury Award: Yubo Song of California College of the Arts, San Francisco – A Winter Without Snow

East Region

  • Award Winner: Yuan Yuan Zhang of New York University – Heading South
  • Jury Award: Kevin Wang of New York University – Secret Lives of Asians at Night

Best Latino Student Filmmakers

West Region

  • Award Winner: João Felipe Dall'Stella of AFI – Día De Las Carpas
  • Jury Award: Samir Oliveros of AFI – Cactus Blossom

East Region

  • Award Winner: Gustavo Milan of New York University – Under the Heavens
  • Jury Award: Natalia Luque of Columbia University – Soy Sola

Best Women Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Sabina Vajrača of USC – Variables
  • Jury Award: Caroline Friend of USC – Under Darkness

East Region

  • Award Winner: Kyra Gardner of Florida State University – Phoebe
  • Jury Award: Addison Dlott of Ithaca College – Queen of the Dinosaurs: A Wrestler's Story

photo by Shane Karns

Click here for more photos from the 2019 Los Angeles and New York ceremonies and receptions.

Brandon Goco
Manager, Committee Events
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DGA Student Film Awards - Eligible Schools

Click here to review the list of schools eligible for the 2020 Awards.