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.


2005 Student Film Award Winners


African American


Ya'Ke Smith of University of Texas at Austin for "Hope’s War"

Honorable Mention

Andre Mallette, Jr of UCLA for "Closer"

Asian American


Jenn Kao of UCLA for "Outside



Cristy Paez of Florida State University for "My Golden Cage"

Honorable Mention

Veronica Shamo-Garcia of USC for "De Las Calles"



Jennifer Arzt of Florida State University for "Cake"

Honorable Mention

Susan Bell of Florida State University for "The Resurrectionist"

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.