Exciting New Filmmakers.

The 90's gave us Tarantino, Fincher, PTA and the rise of the Coen Brothers. Then we got the emergence of directors such as Nolan, Aronofsky, Reitman, Inarritu, and Apatow in the 2000's. So let's explore some fresh new faces who could be on the rise next. Some of these directors have already established fine careers, while others show true promise to join them, but all have done less than a handful of films and have eager to see what they do next. Feel free to add names of filmmakers in the comments section that you believe in so that everyone has a chance to learn about them and experience their movies.
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1.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
“ Filmography: The Pusher Trilogy, Bleeder, Fear X, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive

Upcoming: Only God Forgives


***This is the most experienced director on this list, but I really feel like he is about to explode in American Cinema so I felt it was necessary to have him on here. ” - TMRode
 
2.
“ Filmography: I Killed my Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways'


*** Has done three great films and is still just 23 years old. Has the potential to be the next master of international cinema. ” - TMRode
 
3.
“ Filmography: Capote, Moneyball

Upcoming: Foxcatcher ” - TMRode
 
4.
“ Filmography: Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Upcoming: Killing Them Softly ” - TMRode
 
5.
“ Filmography: Hunger, Shame

Upcoming: 12 Years a Slave ” - TMRode
 
6.
Todd Field
Director, Little Children
William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician...
“ Filmography: In the Bedroom, Little Children

Upcoming: Creed of Violence ” - TMRode
 
7.
“ Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Upcoming: The World's End, Ant Man ” - TMRode
 
8.
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...
“ Filmography: Gone Baby Gone, The Town

Upcoming: Argo


***Already an established actor, and won an academy award in the 90's for Good Will Hunting (screenplay), but now has the chance to emerge as a very good director if he continues on the path he is on. ” - TMRode
 
9.
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Filmography: Moon, Source Code

Upcoming: Untitled Ian Fleming Project ” - TMRode
 
10.
“ Filmography: The Messenger, Rampart

Upcoming: Berlin, I love You ” - TMRode
 
11.
“ Filmography: Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre. ” - TMRode
 
12.
“ Filmography: District 9

Upcoming: Elysium ” - TMRode
 
13.
José Padilha
He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the Netflix original series Narcos, starring frequent collaborator Wagner Moura.
“ Filmography: Bus 174, Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Upcoming: Robocop ” - TMRode
 
14.
“ Filmography: Ratcatcher, Movern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Upcoming: Jane Got a Gun ” - TMRode
 
15.
“ Filmography: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win ” - TMRode
 
16.
“ Filmography: In Bruges

Upcoming: Seven Psychopaths ” - TMRode
 
17.
Andrea Arnold
Actress, No 73
“ Filmography: Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights ” - TMRode
 
18.
“ Filmography: 500 Days of Summer

Upcoming: The Amazing Spiderman ” - TMRode
 
19.
“ Filmography: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Upcoming: Janis Joplin Biopic ” - TMRode
 
20.
“ Filmography: Control, The American

Upcoming: A Most Wanted Man ” - TMRode
 
21.
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Filmography: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter

Upcoming: Mud ” - TMRode
 
22.
“ Filmography: The Orphanage

Upcoming: The Impossible ” - TMRode
 
23.
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Filmography: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Upcoming: Iron Man 3


****Already has had a successful writing career with Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero. ” - TMRode
 
24.
“ Filmography: A Single Man ” - TMRode
 
25.
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ Filmography: Brick, The Brothers Bloom

Upcoming: Looper ” - TMRode
 
26.
“ Filmography: Tron Legacy

Upcoming: Oblivion ” - TMRode
 
27.
“ Filmography: Margin Call

Upcoming: All is Lost ” - TMRode
 
28.
Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ Filmography: Brother Tied, Blue Valentine

Upcoming: The Place Beyond the Pines ” - TMRode
 
29.
Richard Ayoade
Writer, Submarine
Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty Python's Eric Idle...
“ Filmography: Submarine

Upcoming: The Double ” - TMRode
 
30.
“ Filmography: The Square

Upcoming: Untitled Lucky Project

**** Has also done 9 short films including Spider, Bear, Fuel, and Lucky. ” - TMRode
 
31.
“ Filmography: Crazy Heart

Upcoming: Out of the Furnace ” - TMRode
 
32.
“ Filmography: Bellflower ” - TMRode
 
33.
“ Filmography: Fired Up, Easy A, Friends With Benefits

Upcoming: About Last Night ” - TMRode
 
34.
“ Filmography: Animal Kingdom

Upcoming: The Rover ” - TMRode
 
35.
“ Filmography: In the Loop


*** Has directed a lot of television including I'm Allan Partridge and Veep. ” - TMRode
 
36.
“ Filmography: Zombieland, 30 minutes or Less

Upcoming: Gangster Squad ” - TMRode
 
37.
“ Filmography: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50

Upcoming: Warm Bodies ” - TMRode
 
38.
“ Filmography: Sound of my Voice

Upcoming: The East ” - TMRode
 
39.
Nicholas Jarecki
Writer, Arbitrage
A New York native, twenty-five year old Nicholas Jarecki is the author of the 2001 Doubleday book Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start. A graduate of NYU film school, Jarecki has directed several music videos and commercials. The Outsider is his first feature film.
“ Filmography: The Outsider

Upcoming: Arbitrage ” - TMRode
 
40.
Mike Mills
Director, Beginners
Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989. He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker. Architecture of Reassurance...
“ Filmography: Thumbsucker, Beginners ” - TMRode
 
41.
“ Filmography: Bullhead ” - TMRode
 
42.
“ Filmography: Attack the Block ” - TMRode
 
43.
“ Filmography: Down to the Bone, Winter's Bone ” - TMRode
 
44.
“ Filmography: The Contestant, Buried

Upcoming: Red Lights ” - TMRode
 
45.
“ Filmography: Down Terrace, Kill List

Upcoming: Sightseers, The ABC's of Death ” - TMRode
 
46.
“ Filmography: Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Easy Money, Safe House ” - TMRode
 
47.
“ Filmography: She's Out of My League, Butter ” - TMRode
 
48.
“ Filmography: The King of Kong, Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses

Upcoming: Identity Thief ” - TMRode
 
49.
Christopher Morris
Actor, Four Lions
Morris, the oldest son of two GPs, was educated at Stonyhurst College and Bristol University, where he read Zoology. His upbringing, and in particular, his education, has been the source of much media speculation, especially after the post-Brass Eye Special tabloid backlash. The tabloids focused on Stonyhurst...
“ Filmography: Four Lions ” - TMRode