For more than two decades, the Student Film Awards have spotlighted dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino and Women filmmakers. Winners of the DGA Student Film Awards in each category will receive a $2,500 prize from the DGA.

A number of previous winners have gone on to enjoy successful directing careers, including:
Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II; Grown-ish; Rapture; The Land)
Jon M. Chu (In the Heights; Home Before Dark; Crazy Rich Asians; Now You See Me 2)
Ryan Coogler (Black Panther; Creed; Fruitvale Station)
Nicole Kassell (Watchmen; Castle Rock; Westworld; The Americans)
Patricia Riggen (Surveillance; Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan; Miracles From Heaven; The 33)
Justin Tipping (Twenties; Dare Me; Dear White People; The Chi)
Sylvain White (The Rookie; Fargo; The Umbrella Academy; Amazing Stories)
This year’s application period runs until October 8, 2021, and the winners in each category will be announced in the Winter.
Students can access the application and submit electronically on the DGA website at


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