Three Columbia Filmmakers Win DGA Student Film Awards

BY Ijaaz Noohu, December 8, 2017

Three Filmmakers from the School of the Arts Film program took home top prizes at the DGA Student Film Awards. Suzanne Andrews Correa ‘17, current student Sudarshan Suresh, and Raylene Jin ‘17 all received the top prizes in their respective categories.


Suzanne Andrews Correa won the award for Best Latino Student Filmmaker: East Region with her film La Casa de Beatriz. “When a bitter separation threatens to strip Beatriz of everything she holds dear, she recruits Isabel, her live-in housekeeper of 30 years, to help her in a desperate attempt to preserve her way of life. The results open her eyes to the possibility of a different life altogether,” according to a synopsis of the film.


Sudarshan Suresh won the award for Best Asian American Student Filmmaker: East Region for Absent. Its synopsis is: “Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush.”


Raylene Jin’s film Shuai won the award for Best Women Student Filmmaker: East Region. “8-year-old Shuai is a sensitive kid who is abused by his teacher and neglected by his single father. However he believes that he is a hero,” according to the film's synopsis.


Each year, the Directors Guild of America holds an annual celebration for Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and women filmmakers. The awards, which bring the winners prizes of $2,500 from the DGA, are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in film schools and other select universities.