#screensparks: directors guild of america names best student filmmakers

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced the winners of the 2016 Student Awards for minorities and women. The ceremony honors emerging filmmakers across distinct categories and represents African American, Asian American, Latino and Women directors. DGA states that ‘the awards are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to exceptional diverse directors in film schools and select universities across the country.’

BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:

West Region

Award Winner: Jackson Young, Trouble Man (AFI)

Jury Award: Rachel Bass, Black Magic (Chapman University)

East Region

Award Winner: Kevin Giles, The Blaise EP (Drexel University)

Jury Award: Daniella Hobbs, The City of Good Neighbors (Ithaca College)

BEST ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:

West Region

Award Winner: Auden Bui, The Lost City of Tomorrow (USC)

Jury Award: Yizhou Xu, Shop of Eternal Life (Art Center College of Design)

East Region

Award Winner: Yudho Aditya, Pria (Columbia University)

Jury Award: Christina Liao, My Grandma’s House (School of Visual Arts)

BEST LATINO STUDENT FILMMAKERS:

West Region

Award Winner: Juan Martinez Vera, SPARK (USC)

Jury Award: Santiago Paladines, The Fare (AFI)

East Region

Award Winner: Jimmy Keyrouz, Nocturne in Black (Columbia University)

Jury Award: Ivo Huahua, Stutter (Florida State University)

BEST WOMEN STUDENT FILMMAKERS:

West Region

Award Winner: Kelly Pike, Owen (UCLA)

Jury Award: Mia Niebruegge, Snowplow (AFI)

East Region

Award Winner: Ugla Hauksdóttir, How Far She Went (Columbia University)

Jury Award: Hannah Engelson, Jonah Stands Up (Emerson College)