Chloe Sarbib '20 Wins Jury Prize at DGA Student Film Awards

BY William Hutton, February 28, 2022

Alumna Chloe Sarbib ’20 has been awarded the Jury Award for her short film, Jensen, in the Women’s Category at the 2022 DGA Student Film Awards. The film was co-written by Chloe & Gina Hackett '20 and produced by Waleed Alqahtani '20.


The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards honor diverse filmmakers, with winners in each category receiving a $2,500 cash prize.


Chloe Sarbib is an American and French-Algerian writer, director, and editor based in Brooklyn. An alumna of Yale (BA) and Columbia (MFA, screenwriting/directing), Chloe’s work often explores blurred identities. Her films have played and won awards at festivals in the US and internationally, including Palm Springs International ShortFest, Seattle International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Provincetown Film Festival, NewFest, Brooklyn Film Festiva; and the Bushwick Film Festival. Her short film, Girl Friend, was Best Student Short at Provincetown Film Festival and Best New York Short at NewFest. 


Chloe has been supported by the Janowsky Screenwriting Fellowship, the Indian Paintbrush Production Grant, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Catwalk Institute. Her screenplay Les Événements, about an Algerian in Paris in the 1960s, was a finalist for the 2021 Jerusalem Film Lab. It also won the Zaki Gordon Memorial Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting and was chosen for Faculty Selects at Columbia. Additional projects include Her Tender Eyes, a feature screenplay about two competitive female musicians which was a finalist for the 2020 Nantucket October Colony, the 2020 Oxbelly Lab, and the 2021 Sundance Development Track; Calvados, a French feature selected for 2021’s Cine Qua Non Storylines Lab; and Luna Glen, a pilot about inherited trauma. She taught an undergraduate screenwriting lab while at Columbia, and has also studied at La Fémis in Paris and at FAMU in Prague.