The Directors Guild of America announced the application period for the 20th Annual DGA Student Film Awards is now open. The DGA Student Film Awards offer prizes including a $2,500 prize for all category winners, as well as a special ceremony in the DGA Theater where winning films are screened. The winners of the jury awards in each category receive $1,000 and can screen clips of their films 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 and Under the Same Moon; John M. Chu, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and Step Up 3D; Nicole Kassell, The Following, The Killing, The Americans, Suits, The Closer, Cold Case and The Woodsman; Sylvain White, Hawaii Five-0, Person of Interest, Covert Affairs, CSI: Miami and Stomp the Yard.
The 2014 application period runs from April 7 – Oct. 6. The winners in each category will be announced in November. Eligible films must be made in the 2013/2014 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. Animated and experimental films are not eligible. 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.
For more information or to download an application, please visit www.dga.org.