Still from Verde, by Current Student Victoria Rivera

Current Film Students Victoria Rivera & Chieh Yang Win 2018 DGA Student Film Awards

December 7, 2018

This year, two current Columbia Film students were recognized at the 2018 DGA Student Film AwardsVictoria Rivera and Cheih Yang. The Directors Guild of America holds Annual DGA Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Women Directors. DGA President Thomas Schlamme said, "Highlighting emerging talent is a vital part of the DGA's ongoing commitment to inclusion."


Victoria Rivera won in the DGA Latino Category for her film, Verde. Verde had its world premiere at Festival Internacional de Cine en Cartagena de Indias (FICCI), and was also an official selection at both Palm Springs ShortFest and Bogota Short Film Festival. A trailer for Verde can be seen hereVerde was directed by Victoria Rivera, written by fellow Current Student Neda Jebelli and produced by Current Student Camila Zavala.

Victoria Rivera is a New York-based writer and director, who hails from Colombia. She focuses on documentary and narrative films that tackle social issues and personal stories. She is currently writing her first feature script, as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Mentorship program. Her previous short documentary, Skull and Bone was an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, New Orleans Film Festival, Chicago International, and the winner of both the Special Jury Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Bogota Short Film Festival.


Still from Tail End of the Year

From the set of Tail End of the Year, by current student Chieh Yang


Chieh Yang won in the DGA Asian American Category for Tail End of the Year (年尾巴), which was written & directed by Chieh Yang and co-produced by fellow Current Student Sandra Mitrović, also recently won the Jury Prize at the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan. Yang also received a PTS original short film grant. A trailer for Tail End of the Year can be seen here


Before attending Columbia, Chieh graduated from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. She wrote and produced the short film Ping Pong Coach, which won the best student short film award in Tribeca Film Festival. Cronos, the short film she wrote and directed, was a semifinalist in the Student Academy Awards. She also won the best editing prize in Golden Harvest Award. She became the member of Golden Horse Film Festival Academy in 2016.