DGA reveals student film honorees

Winning pics to be screened Oct. 13

The New York office of the Directors Guild of America has announced the winners of its 1999 East Coast Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women filmmakers.

The awards, which include a prize of $2,500 for the winner in each category, are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in East Coast film schools.

“The DGA East and West Coast Student Film Awards are a great way to showcase new ethnic minority and women filmmakers,” said DGA president Jack Shea. “I’m pleased that these four extremely talented filmmakers are representative of the Guild’s ongoing commitment to equality of opportunity.”

The winners of the Directors Guild of America 1999 East Coast Student Film Awards are:

  • African-American student filmmaker — Caran Hartsfield (NYU), “Kiss It Up to God”;

  • Asian-American student filmmaker — Kevin Feng Ke (NYU), “The Official Account”;

  • Latino student filmmaker — Alfredo de Villa (Columbia U.), “Neto’s Run”;

  • female student filmmaker — Nicole Kassell (NYU), “Jamie.”

The winning films will be screened beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the DGA’s New York Theatre and will be followed by an awards reception.

The Guild’s West Coast Student Film Awards event will be held on Nov. 9 at the DGA in Los Angeles.

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