DGA rewards students from UCLA, USC


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."