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.


2018 Student Film Award Winners

24th Annual DGA Student Film Awards

Best African American Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Rachel Bass of Chapman University – Thicker than Water
  • Jury Award: Andrew Reid of USC – ASIA A

East Region

  • Award Winner: Rashad Frett of New York University – K.I.N.G.

Best Asian American Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Sohil Vaidya of USC – Difficult People
  • Jury Award: Lin Sun of Art Center College of Design – AI-Pocalypse

East Region

  • Award Winner: Chieh Yang of Columbia University – Tail End of the Year 

Best Latino Student Filmmakers

West Region

  • Award Winner: Brian Robau of Chapman University – Esta es tu Cuba
  • Jury Award: Victor Alonso-Berbel of USC – Perfectly Natural

East Region

  • Award Winner: Victoria Rivera of Columbia University – Verde

Best Women Student Filmmakers:

West Region

  • Award Winner: Kelley Kali of USC – Lalo’s House
  • Jury Award: Dilek Ince of CSUN – Amal

East Region

  • Award Winner: Paola Ossa of Montclair University – Catalina
  • Jury Award: Samantha Geis of Savannah College of Art and Design – Rock and a Hard Place

photo by Marcie Revens

Click here for more photos from the 2018 Los Angeles and New York ceremonies and receptions.

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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.