Top 25 UP-and-COMING Directors to Look out for

*First Film must have been within last 5 years
*Listed by Date of First Film(aka Newness)

Honorable Mentions of UP-and-COMING directors that made 1 film more than 5 years ago and therefore had to be excluded
1) Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) - Excluded due to "The Pallbearer (1996)"
2) Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad) - Excluded due to "The Daytrippers (1996)"
3) James Gunn (Slither, Super) - Excluded due to "Tromeo & Juliet (1996)"
4) Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) - Excluded due to "Gossip (2000)"
5) Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) - Excluded due to "Brother Tied (1998)"
6) Mike Cahill (Another Earth) - Excluded due to "Boxers & Ballerinas (2004)"
7) Lee Daniels (Precious) - Excluded due to "Shadowboxer (2005)"
8) Bobcat Goldthwait (Worlds Greatest Dad) - Excluded due to "Shakes The Clown (1991)"
9) David Yates (Harry Potter) - Excluded due to "The Tichborne Claimant (1998)"
10) Rian Johnson (Brick, Brothers Bloom) - Excluded due to "Brick (2005)"
11) Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) - Excluded due to "Capote (2005)"
12) Andrew Domink (Assassination of Jesse James) - Excluded due to "Chopper (2000)"
13) Johnathan Dayton/Valarie faris (Little Miss Sunshine) - Excluded due to Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
14) Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 year old virgin) - Excluded due to "40 Year old Virgin (2005)"
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Benh Zeitlin
Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...
“ First Film Directed: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)(USA)
Upcoming Film: N/A ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: The Guard (2011)(UK)
Last Film Directed: The Guard (2011)(UK)
Upcoming Film: Calvary (2013)(UK) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Attack the Block (2011)(UK)
Last Film Directed: Attack the Block (2011)(UK)
Upcoming Film: N/A (Possibly Attack the Block Sequel or Die Hard 5) ” - HLMPartDeux
Dee Rees
Director, Bessie
“ First Film Directed: Pariah (2011)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Pariah (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Bolo (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Margin Call (2011)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Margin Call (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: All Is Lost (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: The Muppets (2011)(USA)
Last Film Directed: The Muppets (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: The Muppets 2 (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Animal Kingdom (2010)(Australia)
Last Film Directed: Animal Kingdom (2010)(Australia)
Upcoming Film: Sydney Unplugged (segment)(2013)(Australia); The Rover (2013)(Australia) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Zombieland (2009)(USA)
Last Film Directed: 30 Minutes of Less (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Gangster Squad (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ First Film Directed: Moon (2009)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Source Code (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Mute(Sequel to "Moon") (2011)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Sin Nombre (2009)(USA/Mexico)
Last Film Directed: Jane Eyre (2011)(USA/UK)
Upcoming Film: No Blood, No Guts, No Glory (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: 500 Days of Summer (2009)(USA)
Last Film Directed: 500 Days of Summer (2009)(USA)
Upcoming Film: The Amazing Spiderman (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)(USA)
Last Film Directed: 21 Jump Street (2012)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Lego: The Piece of Resistance (2014)(USA)

*Phil Lord and Chris Miller are kind of a package deal so I think they count as one. ” - HLMPartDeux
Nicholas Stoller
Nicholas Stoller is an English-American screenwriter and director. He is known best for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and writing/directing its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek. He also wrote The Muppets and directed the Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors. He is a frequent creative partner of Jason Segel.
“ First Film Directed: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Get Him to the Greek (2010)(USA)
Upcoming Film: The Five-Year Engagement (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Rupert Wyatt
Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England. He is the founding member of the film collective Picture Farm that along with its prolific Commercial output has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning DARK DAYS (2001)...
“ First Film Directed: The Escapist (2008)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: Hunger (2008)(UK)
Last Film Directed: Shame (2011)(UK)
Upcoming Film: 12 Years A Slave (2013)(UK/USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: In Bruges (2008)(UK)
Last Film Directed: In Bruges (2008)(UK)
Upcoming Film: Seven Psychopaths (2012) (UK) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006-completed, 2008-released)(USA)
Last Film Directed: 50/50 (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Warm Bodies (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Tate Taylor
Director, The Help
“ First Film Directed: Pretty Ugly People (2008)(USA)
Last Film Directed: The Help (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Peace Like a River (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: The Contestant (2007)(Spain)
Last Film Directed: Buried (2010)(Spain)
Upcoming Film: Red Lights (2012)(USA/Spain) ” - HLMPartDeux
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ First Film Directed: Shotgun Stories (2007)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Take Shelter (2011)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Mud (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: The Orphanage (2007)(USA)
Last Film Directed: The Orphanage (2007)(USA)
Upcoming Film: The Impossible (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ First Film Directed: Gone Baby Gone (2007)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Town (2010)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Argo (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Tony Gilroy
Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate and The Cutting Edge.
“ First Film Directed: Michael Clayton (2007)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Duplicity (2009)(USA)
Upcoming Film: The Bourne Legacy (2012)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
“ First Film Directed: No End in Sight (2007)(USA)
Last Film Directed: Inside Job (2010)(USA)
Upcoming Film: Untitled HBO Wikileaks Movie (2013)(USA) ” - HLMPartDeux
Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
“ First Film Directed: Away From Her (2006)(Canada)
Last Film Directed: Away From Her (2006)(Canada)
Upcoming Film: Take This Waltz (2012)(Canada) ” - HLMPartDeux