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DGA Selects Winners for 21st Annual Student Film Awards

DGA Selects Winners for 21st Annual Student Film Awards

The DGA’s 21st annual Student Film Awards has selected 16 winners from its diverse pool of talented filmmakers — with eastern and western region finalists representing Columbia, NYU, UCLA, USC, Chapman and Florida State University.

The 2015 winners, selected by blue ribbon DGA member panels, are:

BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
West Region
Award Winner: Meja Shoba of UCLA for “Dear Pearl”
Jury Award: Dehanza Rogers of UCLA for “The Youth”

East Region
Award Winner: Kiel Adrian Scott of NYU for “Samaria”
Jury Award: Alcee H. Walker of School of Visual Arts for “Inferno”

BEST ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
West Region
Award Winner: Xi Guan of USC for “Mandala”
Jury Award: Thy Riedel of Chapman University for “Long Lost”

East Region
Award Winner: Saad Nawab of Florida State University for “Frankenstein’s Light”
Jury Award: Yingxiang Huang of Florida State University for “Isa and the Frog Prince”

BEST LATINO STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
West Region
Award Winner: Keegan Mullin of Chapman University for “The Last Words”
Jury Award: Jazmin Diaz of University of Texas at Austin for “Carne Seca”

East Region
Award Winner: Michael Molina Minard of Columbia University for “Standing8”
Jury Award: Clara Roquet of Columbia University for “El Adios”

BEST WOMEN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:
West Region
Award Winner: Margaret Anderson of Chapman University for “Casey and the Death Pool”
Jury Award: Westin Ray of Chapman University for “The Listening Box”

East Region
Award Winner: Federica Gianni of Columbia University for “The Friend From Tel Aviv”
Jury Award: Clara Maria Diez of Florida State University for “A Skeleton Named Oliver”

The award-winning films will be screened and the awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles on November 12, 2015 and at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York on December 10, 2015.

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