REMINDER: 23rd Annual DGA Student Film Awards – Submission Deadline: October 6th

In All by Richard Gonzales

For more than two decades, the 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 and have their films screened in a special ceremony at the DGA Theater.

A number of previous winners have gone on to enjoy successful directing careers, including:

  • Ryan Coogler (CreedFruitvale Station)
  • Patricia Riggen (Miracles From HeavenThe 33Lemonade MouthUnder the Same Moon)
  • Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me: The Second ActG.I. Joe: RetaliationJustin Bieber: Never Say NeverThe LXDThe Legion of Extraordinary DancersStep Up 3D)
  • Nicole Kassell (VinylBetter Call SaulThe FollowingThe KillingThe AmericansSuitsThe CloserCold Case; The Woodsman; A Little Bit of Heaven)
  • Sylvain White (Rush HourEmpireSleepy HollowHawaii Five-0Person of InterestCovert AffairsCSI: MiamiStomp the YardMajor Crimes)

This year’s application period runs until October 6, 2017, and the winners in each category will be announced in November.

Students can access the application and submit electronically on the DGA website at

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Eligible films must be made in the 2016/2017 school year (September 2016 through August 2017), and must be produced as a student project under the supervision of a faculty member. Dramas, comedies, and documentaries are all eligible. Animated and experimental films are not eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in, or be a recent (one-year) graduate from, an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States and selected by the DGA. Eligible films are those in which a student holds every major crew position.

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