The Directors Guild of America (DGA) issued a call for entries for the 21st Annual DGA Student Film Awards for women and minority directors. The awards are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to exceptional diverse directors in film schools and select universities across the country.
Applications will be accepted from April 22-Oct. 9, and the winners in each category will be announced in November. Winners of the DGA Student Film Awards in each category will receive a $2,500 prize from the DGA and have their films screened in a special ceremony at the DGA Theater. Jury award winners will receive a $1,000 prize and screen clips of their films at the ceremony.
The DGA Student Film Awards have highlighted dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino and Women filmmakers over the years. A number of past winners have gone on to enjoy successful directing careers, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station); Patricia Riggen (The 33, Lemonade Mouth, Under the Same Moon); John 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).
Eligible films must be made in the 2014/2015 school year and produced as a student project under the supervision of a faculty member. Dramas, comedies and documentaries are all eligible. Animated and experimental films are not eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in, or be a recent graduate from, an accredited post-secondary institution in California or a DGA-selected university offering a degree in film or television.
For more information, visit www.dga.org.