Women Film Directors: Active in past decade+

We're throwing another #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party September 1 - 30, 2016 http://directedbywomen.com

Make this happen in your part of the world. Create an event - large or small - celebrating women filmmakers and their work. This list might help you find films by women directors working in the past 10+ years (2003 - 2014) - a work in progress.

Expanded list w/ additional film directors + social media links: http://directedbywomen.com/en/directedby.html The expanded list is close to 9,000 directors and growing...
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Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
 
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Brit Marling
Actress, Another Earth
Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist. She moved to Los Angeles to act and...
 
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Tamra Davis
Director, Billy Madison
Began her career directing music videos for acts like Tone Loc, Depeche Mode, NWA and Sonic Youth and made her first feature in 92 with Guncrazy starring Drew Barrymore. Ms Barrymore received a Golden Globe Nomination. She then went on to direct feature films starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and Britney Spears...
 
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Jane Campion
Writer, The Piano
Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early 1980s...
 
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Vera Chytilová
Director, Daisies
Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film Studios in Prague. There she continued as a writer, actress, and assistant director...
 
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Ava DuVernay
Miscellaneous Crew, Spider-Man 2
A filmmaker, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which included My Mic Sounds Nice (2010) which aired on BET...
 
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“ The World Before Her will premiere on POV: September 16, 2013 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Svetlana Cvetko
Cinematographer, Inside Job
“ Director: She Kept Silent (2006) and She Kept Silent (2004)
Cinematographer - extensive credits including Inside Job ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: A River Changes Course (2013) and Between Earth & Sky (2009)

Also Cinematographer, Producer. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
 
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Maja Borg
Cinematographer, Future My Love
 
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“ Director: I Remember (short) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: Dorme (short) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Mina T. Son
Director, Top Spin
“ Director: Top Spin, etc. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision, Anita, etc. (2013) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: Walking the Camino... (2013) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Television producer and writer, usually developing TV shows for strong female characters.
“ Director: Bridegroom (2013) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: Farah Goes Bang (2013) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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“ Director: Angela ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ Director: Yentl ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Ondi Timoner
Director, Dig!
Ondi Timoner is a director, writer and producer who takes on the impossible and makes it possible! She creates award-winning documentaries (features and shorts) which illustrate complex and polarizing people who are redefining culture. A force of nature unto herself, Ondi harnesses her passion to create...
 
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Vanessa Gould
Camera and Electrical Department, Between the Folds
 
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Mira Nair
Director, Monsoon Wedding
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay...
 
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Deepa Mehta
Director, Water
Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and accolades...
 
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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...
 
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Jane Weinstock
Director, Easy
 
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Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for best performance in her supporting role, opposite George Clooney, in Up in the Air. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Clifton (Passaic County), New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian parents...
 
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“ director: Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Marie Ullrich
Producer, The Alley Cat
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Ullrich received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She freelanced in production for years before getting a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Video Writing and Directing from Columbia College Chicago...
 
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Jessie Ennis
Actress, G.B.F.
 
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Brie Larson
Actress, Room
Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
 
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Blerta Zeqiri
Director, Kthimi
Blerta Zeqiri, born in 1979 is an award-winning Kosovar Director and Scriptwriter. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many International Festivals, such as: Sundance Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Bradford Film Festival, etc., winning prizes in a number of them. She works and lives in Prishtina, Kosovo.
 
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Kelly Reichardt
Director, Wendy and Lucy
Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston...
 
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Haifaa Al-Mansour
Director, Wadjda
Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney...
 
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Amy Seimetz
Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film Festival...
 
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Dee Rees
Director, Bessie
 
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families. Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation, which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence...
“ 02013.06.09: Watched her documentary Miss Representation. At the moment that is her only directing credit. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
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Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
 
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Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
 
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Alix Lambert
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary The Mark of Cain was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on Nightline. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as 7 segments for the PBS series LIFE 360...
 
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Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as having been seen as a "goody two-shoes" in her youth who was nominated for the local Harvest Queen...
 
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Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy...
 
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Diablo Cody
Writer, Juno
Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts. She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged and was something she did not particularly care for...
 
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Amma Asante
Director, Belle
Amma Asante is a screenwriter and director Known for Belle, and A Way of Life. . She is a former child actress who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life which she wrote and directed won her numerous awards. Both in the UK and Internationally.
 
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Sally Potter
Director, Orlando
Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including THRILLER and PLAY) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, music...
 
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Alexandra Kondracke
Writer, The L Word
Alex Kondracke attended NYU Graduate Film School. Her student film, Ice Fishing won a jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. Alex worked as a cinematographer on several documentaries and verité television shows until she became an ABC/Disney directing fellow. Alex then went on to write and produce Showtime's The L Word and later HBO's Hung...
 
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Alexandra Billington
Alexandra Billington is a British-Australian writer, director and producer. Formerly a producer and writer with major channels such as MTV, Paramount, Showtime, the Movie Channel and more. Born in Manchester, England, then raised on a coffee farm in East Africa, Alexandra has since lived in numerous cities...
 
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Megan Griffiths
Director, Lucky Them
Megan Griffiths has been a director, writer and producer in the independent film community for over a decade. Her most recent feature is The Night Stalker, which stars Lou Diamond Phillips as famed serial killer Richard Ramirez alongside Bellamy Young as a defense lawyer who visits Ramirez on death row to elicit a confession. The film premiered on Lifetime Television in 2016...
 
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