DGA honors Columbia, NYU student helmers

Bertelsen, Ohno, Simiani, Dahan win diverse kudos

HOLLYWOOD — The Directors Guild of America has tapped two student filmmakers from Columbia and two from NYU as winners of the eighth annual DGA East Coast Student Filmmakers Award.

Nods, which include $2,500 each to the winners, are selected by an international panel of 12 DGA member judges. The winners are Phil Bertelsen of NYU, best African-American student filmmaker, for “The Sunshine”; Kazuo Ohno of Columbia, Asian-American student filmmaker, for “For Our Man”; Leon Simiani of Columbia, Latino student filmmaker, for “Dos Mas”; and Liat Dahan of NYU, woman student filmmaker, for “Climbing Miss Sophie.”

“These four individuals exemplify the best in student filmmaking, and their work demonstrates that talent, vision and ability are not limited by either race or gender,” said DGA president Martha Coolidge. “We look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.”

The films will be shown at an invitation-only screening Oct. 16 at the Directors Guild Theater in Gotham.

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