The DGA announced the winners of its best female and minority student films today, with AFI and Columbia University leading the way with three awards each.
“The DGA Student Film Awards recognize talented new student filmmakers, and we congratulate this year’s exceptional recipients,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “The DGA is committed to calling attention to new talent and encouraging greater inclusion in the entertainment industry. It’s not an accident that many of our past winners have made their marks on our business. We look forward to seeing what these awardees do next.”
AFI students won three prizes in the Western region, Columbia University students won three in the Eastern region. USC students nabbed two prizes, and a UCLA Bruin won one.
Past DGA female and minority student film award winners who have gone on to successful directing careers include Ryan Coogler, Nicole Kassell, Patricia Riggen, Sylvain White and John M. Chu.
Here is the complete list of winners of 2016 DGA Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino and Women directors.
BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
Award Winner: Jackson Young of AFI for Trouble Man
Jury Award: Rachel Bass of Chapman University for Black Magic
Award Winner: Kevin Giles of Drexel University for The Blaise EP
Jury Award: Daniella Hobbs of Ithaca College for The City of Good Neighbors
BEST ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
Award Winner: Auden Bui of USC for The Lost City of Tomorrow
Jury Award: Yizhou Xu of Art Center College of Design for Shop of Eternal Life
Award Winner: Yudho Aditya of Columbia University for Pria
Jury Award: Christina Liao of School of Visual Arts for My Grandma’s House
BEST LATINO STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
Award Winner: Juan Martinez Vera of USC for SPARK
Jury Award: Santiago Paladines of AFI for The Fare
Award Winner: Jimmy Keyrouz of Columbia University for Nocturne in Black
Jury Award: Ivo Huahua of Florida State University for Stutter
BEST WOMEN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
Award Winner: Kelly Pike of UCLA for Owen
Jury Award: Mia Niebruegge of AFI for Snowplow
Award Winner: Ugla Hauksdóttir of Columbia University for How Far She Went
Jury Award: Hannah Engelson of Emerson College for Jonah Stands Up