The 40 most promising New Directors

by jeff-turner | created - 05 Oct 2013 | updated - 07 Oct 2013 | Public

This is the list of new emerging filmmakers that promise a great future. These directors are chosen based on their outstanding creativity and the expectation that their upcoming film projects are creating.

1. Harmony Korine

Director | Gummo

Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids (1995) for director Larry Clark....

2. Benh Zeitlin

Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild

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...

3. Eugene Jarecki

Director | Why We Fight

Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first in 2005 for Why We Fight (2005) and again in 2012 for The House I Live In (2012)

A public intellectual on domestic and ...

4. John Asher

Director | A Boy Called Po

John is a writer / director who has spent, literally, his entire life in the business. His father, William Asher, was the original director of I Love Lucy (1951) and creator of Bewitched (1964). John himself can boast some notable accomplishments, having directed his first film at 21, Kounterfeit (...

5. Jared Leto

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

In the vein of musicians-turned-actors, Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto is an accomplished actor merited by the numerous, challenging projects he has ...

8. Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Director | Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz was born on August 29, 1969 in Jerusalem, Israel. He is a director and writer, known for Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh (2003), Shilton Ha Chok (2011) and Martin (1999).

9. Brandon Cronenberg

Director | Antiviral

Brandon Cronenberg is a director and writer, known for Antiviral (2012), eXistenZ (1999) and Dragon (2018).

10. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom à la ferme (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

11. Michael Sladek

Director | Con Artist

Filmmaker and theater director Michael Sládek's feature-length films include Con Artist (New Yorker Films, The Orchard), BAM150 (Cinema Guild), and Devils Are Dreaming (Dances With Films Jury Award). A 2013 Acker Award recipient, he recently completed the narrative short All Against the Sea (...

12. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

14. Ryan Coogler

Director | Creed

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California, USA as Ryan Kyle Coogler. He is a director and writer, known for Creed (2015), Fruitvale Station (2013) and Black Panther (2018).

15. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Selma

A director, producer, writer, 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 ...

16. Colin Trevorrow

Writer | Jurassic World

Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the ...

17. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and Smashed (2012). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

18. David Lowry

Visual_effects | Paul

20. Sebastián Silva

Writer | La Nana

Sebastián Silva was born on April 9, 1979 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a writer and director, known for The Maid (2009), Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2012 (2013) and Magic Magic (2013).

21. Christoph Rainer

Director | Requiem for a Robot

Christoph Rainer is a director and writer, known for Requiem for a Robot (2013), Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (2015) and Fawn (2007).

22. Joon-ho Bong

Writer | Okja

Joon-ho Bong was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Mother (2009) and Snowpiercer (2013).

23. Tara Johns

Director | The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

Tara Johns is a director and writer, known for The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011), Killing Time (2001) and A Nutshell of Infinite Space.

24. Ash Baron-Cohen

Director | Pups

Ash Baron-Cohen was born in 1967 in London, England as Ashley Baron Cohen. He is a director and writer, known for Pups (1999), This Girl's Life (2003) and The Blind Bastard Club.

25. Marco Cabriolu

Producer | Mosaic

Marco Cabriolu was born in Iglesias (Sardinia) Italy and from a very early age, he demonstrated an interest in music and cinema. When he was only 4 years old, his mother took him to "The Goonies" and from that moment his passion for movies was ignited so much so that he returned to the movie 5 more...

27. Fatih Akin

Director | Gegen die Wand

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...

29. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

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 ...

30. Ingrid Veninger

Actress | I am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person

Born in Bratislava, and raised in Canada, Ingrid Veninger is a Producer with numerous award-winning credits to her name. In 1991, she produced the Gemini nominated performance-documentary 'Standards' with Jeremy Podeswa, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Holly Cole and Molly Johnson. Since then, she has ...

31. Jacob Tierney

Actor | The Trotsky

Jacob Tierney was born on September 26, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jacob Daniel Tierney. He is an actor and director, known for The Trotsky (2009), Letterkenny (2016) and Preggoland (2014).

32. Justin Kreinbrink

Art_department | Brothers

Born into a family of stunt men, stunt drivers and horse wranglers, Justin's filmmaking roots stem from an early age. At 10, he started visiting his father on major Hollywood movie sets and discovered a passion for acting in and creating films. He directed his first short film at age 17.

Justin has ...

33. Hong-jin Na

Writer | Chugyeogja

Na Hong-jin born in 1974 is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His debut film The Chaser (2008) won Best Director at the 45th Grand Bell Awards in 2008. The film also won the award for Best Film. His follow up film, The Yellow Sea, was released in South Korea on December 15, 2010. It is...

34. Gia Milani

Producer | All the Wrong Reasons

Gia Milani was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She is a producer and writer, known for All the Wrong Reasons (2013), A Dark Radius (2009) and Bathroom Stalled (2006).

36. Daniel Luke Rogers

Cinematographer | Untitled Film: 44 (Mother & Son)

Daniel Luke Rogers is known for his work on Untitled Film: 44 (Mother & Son) (2011), The Falceto Jazz Club (2014) and Mover (2013).

37. Kyle Portbury

Director | Tell the World

Kyle Portbury is an award-winning writer/director whose work encompasses a diverse range of storytelling.

Kyle studied at the Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and shot his first short film, "Swan Song", following his graduation. Several commissions followed ...

38. Stephen de Villiers

Director | 3 Cigarettes

Stephen de Villiers is a South African born, Australian based director. Born and raised in Durban, he spends his time between Australia and South Africa. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2009, and is now based in Adelaide. While at AFTRS, Stephen was one ...

39. Richard Williamson

Director | Black and White

Richard Williamson grew up in Canberra, Australian and lives and produces in Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Richard was trained at the Victorian College of the Arts after completing a theoretical degree at the Australian National University majoring in English Literature, Theatre Studies and Film ...

40. Ben West

Visual_effects | Otherhalf

Award-winning filmmaker Ben West has been described as Christopher Guest meets Chris Cunningham. His work illustrates a mastery of filmmaking and visual effects.

Ben started his career as an Architect. Developing cutting edge techniques for visual effects he won a European Junior Animator ...