DGA rewards students from UCLA, USC

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Students from Biola University, USC and UCLA were among the winners in the DGA's 12th annual student filmmaker awards.

The program is open to student filmmakers who are black, Asian- American, Latino or female. It offers cash prizes of $2,500 each plus a $1,000 Kodak product grant to winners and a $500 product grant to those earning honorable mention.

Those selected for prizes this year included:

  Best black student filmmaker: Winner -- Matthew Jones of Biola for "Be the Man." Honorable mention -- Hezekiah Lewis of UCLA for "Memoirs of a Smoker."

  Best Asian-American student filmmaker: Winner -- Vineet Dewan of USC for "Clear Cut, Simple." Honorable mention -- Arvin Chen of USC for "Mei."

  Best Latino student filmmaker: Winner -- Xochitl Dorsey of UCLA for "Tears & Tortillas." Honorable mention -- Erika Bagnarello of Florida State University for "The Melting Pot."

  Best woman student filmmaker: Winner -- Daphne Lambrinou of USC for "Paperboat." Honorable mention -- Diane Lisa Johnson of USC for "Swimming."
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