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Attention, Student Filmmakers: Applications Now Open for the Directors Guild's Student Film Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 7, 2014 at 4:53PM

Applications are now open for the Directors Guild’s 20th Annual DGA Student Film Awards.
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The Los Angeles DGA Student Film Award winners from 2013
The Los Angeles DGA Student Film Award winners from 2013

Applications are now open for the Directors Guild’s 20th Annual DGA Student Film Awards.

Now in its 20th year, the DGA’s Student Film Awards seek to put a spotlight on diversity, with dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino, and women filmmakers having been past recipients of the top prizes. 

Winners in each category receive a $2,500 cash prize, with their films screened in a special ceremony at the DGA Theater. Winners of the jury awards in each category receive $1,000 and screen clips of their films at the DGA.

Recent Indie Spirit winner Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) is a previous recipient of the Student Prize.

The application period runs from April 7 through October 6, 2014, with winners announced in November. More info on contest rules and how to apply is here.

This article is related to: News, DGA, Directors Guild, Directors Guild Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.