DGA Student Film Awards


For more than two decades, the DGA Student Film Awards have spotlighted dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino and Women filmmakers. Winners of the DGA Student Film Awards in each category will receive a $2,500 prize from the DGA.


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

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