Current Columbia Film students and recent alumni have been awarded top honors in three of the four categories at the 2016 DGA Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women directors. Jimmy Keyrouz '16, whose Nocturne in Black also took Gold at the Student Academy Awards, won the award for Best Latin Filmmaker in the East region. Ugla Hauksdottir '16 won the prize for Best Woman Filmmaker for How Far She Went. Current student Yudho Aditya won the award for best Asian-American Student Filmmaker for Pria.
'The DGA Student Film Awards recognize talented new student filmmakers, and we congratulate this year’s exceptional recipients,' DGA president Paris Barclay said in a statement. 'The DGA is committed to calling attention to new talent and encouraging greater inclusion in the entertainment industry. It’s not an accident that many of our past winners have made their marks on our business. We look forward to seeing what these awardees do next."
Past winners include Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Nicole Kassell (The Following, The Americans) and Film Program alumna Patricia Riggen '03 (The 33, Under the Same Moon).