Exciting New Filmmakers.by TMRode | created - 03 Jul 2012 | updated - 31 Jul 2012 | Public
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.
Writer | The Neon Demon
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...
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.
2. 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), Heartbeats (2010) and I Killed My Mother (2009).
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.
Director | Foxcatcher
Bennett Miller is an American film director, best known for Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise.
In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson.
Miller has ...
Filmography: Capote, Moneyball
Director | Chopper
Andrew Dominik was born on October 7, 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director and writer, known for Chopper (2000), Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).
Filmography: Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Upcoming: Killing Them Softly
Director | 12 Years a Slave
Filmography: Hunger, Shame
Upcoming: 12 Years a Slave
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 ...
Filmography: In the Bedroom, Little Children
Upcoming: Creed of Violence
7. Edgar Wright
Director | Shaun of the Dead
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Upcoming: The World's End, Ant Man
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...
Filmography: Gone Baby Gone, The Town
***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.
9. Duncan Jones
Director | Moon
Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have one child.
Filmography: Moon, Source Code
Upcoming: Untitled Ian Fleming Project
10. Oren Moverman
Writer | The Messenger
Filmography: The Messenger, Rampart
Upcoming: Berlin, I love You
Producer | Beasts of No Nation
Filmography: Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre.
12. Neill Blomkamp
Director | District 9
Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.
Filmography: District 9
13. José Padilha
Producer | Tropa de Elite
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 ...
Filmography: Bus 174, Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
14. Lynne Ramsay
Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002).
Filmography: Ratcatcher, Movern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Upcoming: Jane Got a Gun
15. Tom McCarthy
Writer | The Station Agent
Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.
Filmography: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win
16. Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).
Filmography: In Bruges
Upcoming: Seven Psychopaths
17. Andrea Arnold
Director | American Honey
Filmography: Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights
18. Marc Webb
Director | (500) Days of Summer
Filmography: 500 Days of Summer
Upcoming: The Amazing Spiderman
19. Sean Durkin
Director | Martha Marcy May Marlene
Filmography: Martha Marcy May Marlene
Upcoming: Janis Joplin Biopic
20. Anton Corbijn
Director | Control
Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).
Filmography: Control, The American
Upcoming: A Most Wanted Man
21. Jeff Nichols
Writer | Take Shelter
Filmography: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter
22. J.A. Bayona
Director | El orfanato
Filmography: The Orphanage
Upcoming: The Impossible
23. Shane Black
Writer | The Nice Guys
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...
Filmography: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Upcoming: Iron Man 3
****Already has had a successful writing career with Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero.
24. Tom Ford
Director | A Single Man
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label.
Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were...
Filmography: A Single Man
25. Rian Johnson
Director | Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...
Filmography: Brick, The Brothers Bloom
26. Joseph Kosinski
Director | Tron
Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style has quickly made a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, "Tron Legacy" for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for ...
Filmography: Tron Legacy
27. J.C. Chandor
Producer | A Most Violent Year
J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.
Filmography: Margin Call
Upcoming: All is Lost
28. Derek Cianfrance
Director | Blue Valentine
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 (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...
Filmography: Brother Tied, Blue Valentine
Upcoming: The Place Beyond the Pines
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 ...
Upcoming: The Double
30. Nash Edgerton
Director | Gringo
Filmography: The Square
Upcoming: Untitled Lucky Project
**** Has also done 9 short films including Spider, Bear, Fuel, and Lucky.
31. Scott Cooper
Director | Crazy Heart
Filmography: Crazy Heart
Upcoming: Out of the Furnace
32. Evan Glodell
Actor | Bellflower
33. Will Gluck
Producer | Easy A
Will Gluck is a writer/director/producer known for Easy A (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Annie (2014), Peter Rabbit (2018), and a number of TV shows including The Michael J. Fox Show (2013). He runs the production company Olive Bridge Entertainment which has partnerships with Sony Pictures ...
Filmography: Fired Up, Easy A, Friends With Benefits
Upcoming: About Last Night
34. David Michôd
Writer | The Rover
Filmography: Animal Kingdom
Upcoming: The Rover
35. Armando Iannucci
Writer | Veep
Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), The Death of Stalin (2017) and In the Loop (2009). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.
Filmography: In the Loop
*** Has directed a lot of television including I'm Allan Partridge and Veep.
36. Ruben Fleischer
Director | Zombieland
Ruben Fleischer was born on October 31, 1974 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Ruben Samuel Fleischer. He is a producer and writer, known for Zombieland (2009), Gangster Squad (2013) and 30 Minutes or Less (2011). He has been married to Holly Shakoor Fleischer since November 10, 2012.
Filmography: Zombieland, 30 minutes or Less
Upcoming: Gangster Squad
37. Jonathan Levine
Writer | The Wackness
Filmography: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50
Upcoming: Warm Bodies
38. Zal Batmanglij
Writer | The OA
Filmography: Sound of my Voice
Upcoming: The East
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 (2005) is his first feature film.
Filmography: The Outsider
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 (2005). Architecture ...
Filmography: Thumbsucker, Beginners
Director | The Drop
42. Joe Cornish
Writer | Attack the Block
Joe Cornish was born on December 20, 1968 in London, England as Joseph Murray Cornish. He is a writer and director, known for Attack the Block (2011), Ant-Man (2015) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).
Filmography: Attack the Block
43. Debra Granik
Director | Winter's Bone
Filmography: Down to the Bone, Winter's Bone
44. Rodrigo Cortés
Editor | Buried
Filmography: The Contestant, Buried
Upcoming: Red Lights
45. Ben Wheatley
Director | Free Fire
Filmography: Down Terrace, Kill List
Upcoming: Sightseers, The ABC's of Death
46. Daniel Espinosa
Director | Snabba cash
Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Snabba cash (2010), Life (2017) and Safe House (2012). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.
Filmography: Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Easy Money, Safe House
47. Jim Field Smith
Director | Stag
Filmography: She's Out of My League, Butter
48. Seth Gordon
Director | Identity Thief
Filmography: The King of Kong, Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses
Upcoming: Identity Thief
Writer | 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...
Filmography: Four Lions