Young Taiwanese director Yang Chieh wins DGA student award

New York, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwanese director Yang Chieh (楊婕) has won the 2018 Best Asian American Student Filmmakers award granted by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Yang won the award for her film “Tail End of the Year” (年尾巴), which is based on her own experience and tells the story of a 10-year-old girl waiting for her single mother to come home on Chinese New Year Eve in a traditional Taiwanese family in 1988.

“Highlighting emerging talent is a vital part of the DGA’s ongoing commitment to inclusion,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “We’re proud that a number of our past winners found success in film and television. We look forward to following the careers of these promising directors.”

The 29-year-old Yang is pursuing a master’s degree in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York.

In June, she received a National Board of Review (NBR) Student Grant in the U.S. for the film, and in October was awarded the Jury Prize for Taiwan Competition at the Kaohsiung Film Festival.

Each year the DGA holds its annual Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and women filmmakers, to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and female students in film schools and at other select universities, according to the organizers.