Aspiring filmmakers honored by DGA

Eight to receive Student Film Awards

Eight aspiring minority and women filmmakers from the east and west coast have been honored with the DGA Student Film Awards, the guild announced Thursday.

The award spotlights promising new directors from film schools and universities throughout the U.S.

"We're honored to call attention to these exciting young filmmakers and to encourage diversity in the entertainment industry at the same time," said DGA president Michael Apted. "We look forward to seeing more of their work in the future."

The best African-American student filmmakers are William Sutphin of Columbia University for "Uncle Killa" and Hezekiah Lewis of UCLA for "Warrior Queen." Anthony Onah of UCLA received honorable mention for "The Cure."

The DGA's best Asian-American student fillmmakers are Wei-Hsin Yang of Columbia University for "Passing Fancy" and Ching-Yao Koh of Academy of Art for "Overnight, a Rose." Ross Ching of San Diego State University received honorable mention in that category for "The Perfect Frame."

Marco Garcia of North Carolina School of the Arts received DGA honors for best Latino student filmmaker for "1915" as well as Adriana Montenegro of UCLA for "From the Core." The DGA gave honorable mention to Roberto Gudino of the University of Arizona for "Below the Fold: The Pulitzer that Defined Latino Journalism."

The best women student filmmakers are Elina Fessa of Columbia University for "Still Water" and Miranda Yousef of UCLA for "Collectibles."

Alexander Fisher of UCLA received honorable mention for "Desert Wedding."

Criteria for the awards included the competing films made in the 2007/08 school year and included dramas, comedies and documentaries (but excluded animated or experimental films). Winners were either enrolled in or recently graduated from post-secondary accredited schools in California or DGA-selected universities offering degrees in film and TV. The winners also held every major crew position in the film.

Winners will be honored at ceremonies at the DGA's east and west coast theaters.