DGA Accepting Applications for Student Film Awards

The longstanding DGA program honors minority and women film students across the nation.

The Directors Guild of America announced Monday that the application period for the 20th Annual DGA Student Film Awards now is open.

Currently in its 20th year, 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 receive a $2,500 prize and have their films screened in a ceremony at the DGA Theater. The winners of the jury awards in each category receive $1,000 and have screen clips shown at the DGA.

A number of previous winners have gone on to enjoy successful directing careers, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Patricia Riggen (The 33, Lemonade Mouth, Under the Same Moon), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Step Up 3D), Nicole Kassell (The Following, The Killing, The Americans, Suits, The Closer, Cold Case, The Woodsman) and Sylvain White (Hawaii Five-0, Person of Interest, Covert Affairs, CSI: Miami, Stomp the Yard).

Applications are due Oct. 6, and the winners in each category will be announced in November.

Eligible films must be made in the 2013-14 school year (September 2013 through August 2014), and must be produced as a student project under the supervision of a faculty member. Dramas, comedies and documentaries are all eligible, but animated and experimental films are not. Applicants must be enrolled in, or be a recent (one-year) graduate from, an accredited post-secondary institution in California or a DGA-selected university offering a degree in film or television. Eligible films are those in which a student holds every major crew position.

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