Female directors

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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.
“ The Virgin Suicides
The Bling Ring
Lost in Translation
Marie Antoinette ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Efter brylluppet
Elsker dig for evigt
Things We Lost in the Fire ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ The Portrait of a Lady
The Piano
Holy Smoke ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Maya Deren
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939...
“ Meshes in the Afternoon
At Land
Ritual in Transfigured Time ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood, co-written...
“ Sleepless in Seattle
You've Got Mail ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Amy Heckerling
Writer, Clueless
Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and people started to take notice. In 1987, while Amy was pregnant, she got the idea for Look Who's Talking...
“ Clueless
Look Who's Talking ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Thirteen
Twilight ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Sunshine Cleaning
Sylvia ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Parent Trap
The Holiday ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Girlfight
Jennifer's Body ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida and Across the Universe. She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a teacher of political science...
“ Frida ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Andrea Arnold
Actress, No 73
“ Fish Tank ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Julie Delpy
Actress, Before Sunset
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 at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers, Killing Zoe...
“ 2 Days in Paris ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Mansfield Park ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Ballad of Jack and Rose ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ Little Man Tate ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Nathalie... ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Last Supper ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ The Hurt Locker ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Desert Flower ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Grzeli nateli dgeebi ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Luzhin Defence ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Ava DuVernay
Producer, Selma
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...
“ Selma ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Mia Hansen-Løve
Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September. Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les destinées. Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real life, Mia and Olivier becoming life companions...
“ Un Amour de jeunesse ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Lost and Delirious ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ Wadjda ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Floria Sigismondi
Director, The Runaways
Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors since...
“ The Runaways ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ Ginger & Rosa ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Mr. Morgan's Last Love ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Patty Jenkins
Director, Monster
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, helming the pilot episode of AMC's hit show The Killing and as the director of the upcoming Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers. Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City...
“ Monster ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Winter's Bone ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Nanny Diaries ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ A mi madre le gustan las mujeres ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ A mi madre le gustan las mujeres ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Cate Shortland
Director, Lore
“ Somersault ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Jessica Sharzer
Producer, Speak
Grew up in New York City. Holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. from Berkeley and an M.F.A. in film from NYU.
“ Speak ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in a series of shorts...
“ Mabel's Blunder ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Marina de Van
Marina de Van was born in France in 1971, her father being a musicologist. She studied at the Lycée Henri IV and at the Sorbonne University where she earned a degree in philosophy. Then, in 1993 she became a student at the FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies, where she graduated in 1996....
“ Ne te retourne pas (Don't Look Back) ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Onegin ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Desperately Seeking Susan ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Lou ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Fina Torres
FINA TORRES is currently a director/producer who brings experience from all areas of filmmaking to the role. After studying design, photography and journalism in Venezuela, Torres moved to Paris, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in cinematography from the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques...
“ Woman on Top ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Naissance des pieuvres ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ My Life without Me ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Babadook ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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,...
“ Yentl ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Française ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Valerie Faris
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums. After introducing bands such as REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in music television directing music videos and documentaries for bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins...
“ Little Miss Sunshine (with Jonathan Dayton) ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Pieds nus sur les limaces (Lily Sometimes) ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Slums of Beverly Hills ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Martha Coolidge
Director, Valley Girl
Coolidge's diverse project range has given her a reputation for eclectic taste. Among a long list of working with Hollywood's finest, Coolidge also discovered great talents like Nicolas Cage (Valley Girl), Val Kilmer (Real Genius) and James GandolfiniAngie). In addition to working with talented artists...
“ Tribute ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ De jueves a domingo ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Children of a Lesser God ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Director, Mustang
In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings. While there she met fellow director Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film Augustine. After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Winocour suggested she write a more intimate piece leading the two to begin work on the script for Mustang...
“ Mustang ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Lisa Cholodenko
Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art" and Laurel Canyon (2002) premiered at Cannes Director's Fortnight.
“ The Kids Are All Right ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Artemisia ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing films...
“ Triumph des Willens ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gurinder Chadha
Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company: Umbi Films.
“ Bend It Like Beckham ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Sleeping Beauty ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Cristina Comencini
Writer, Don't Tell
Cristina Comencini was born in Rome in 1956. Her father was the Italian director Luigi Comencini and with him she began her career as a screenwriter, co-writing Il matrimonio di Caterina (1982), Buon Natale... Buon anno (1989), Quattro storie di donne (1986), Cuore and La Storia. Graduated in Economics...
“ Il più bel giorno della mia vita ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Miranda July
Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004! She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards. Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard Grossinger, writers and publishers who founded North Atlantic Books.
“ Me and You and Everyone We Know ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Baise-moi ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Les Sentiments ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Dear Lemon Lima ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Lovely & Amazing ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Boys Don't Cry ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Sister My Sister ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Malgorzata Szumowska
Director, W imie...
One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She's been directing, writing and producing feature and documentary films. Her movies have received many awards, for example Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "33 Scenes from Life" or Teddy Award at the Berlinale for "In the Name of...
“ Elles ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Last Night ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Cidade de Deus ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Belle Épine ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Voskhozhdeniye ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Rush ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Little Women (1994) ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ En ville ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Stella ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Ida Lupino
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
“ The Hitch-Hiker ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Na Putu ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ The Prince of Egypt ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Hysteria ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ Fire ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ D.E.B.S. ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Anne Wheeler
Born in Alberta, to a doctor father and musician mother, Anne earned degrees in mathematics and music, putting her way through university as a performer. She came to film-making after working and traveling around the world for a couple of years, exploring Europe, Asia and Africa. She returned home to join a collective focused on making political documentaries...
“ Better Than Chocolate ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ We Need to Talk about Kevin ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Patricia Birch
Miscellaneous Crew, Grease
“ Grease 2 ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ Wendy and Lucy ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Vse umrut, a ya ostanus (Everybody Dies But Me) ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ Jeanne Dielman ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Mai Zetterling
Actress, The Witches
Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja, she made quite an impact...
“ The Girls ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Marguerite Duras
Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris...
“ India Song ” - a_z_a_r_y_a