Women Film Directors: Active in past decade+by writingarises | created - 05 May 2013 | updated - 18 May 2017 | Public
We're throwing another #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party September 1 - 30, 2017 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: 10,200+ directors and growing...
Actress | The Godfather: Part III
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 (2010), Lost in Translation (2003), and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two daughters, Romy and ...
4. Kasi Lemmons
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress and director, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Harriet (2019). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since August 19, 1995. They have two children.
5. Niki Caro
Director | Whale Rider
Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...
7. Brit Marling
Producer | 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.
8. Tamra Davis
Director | Crossroads
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...
9. 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...
10. Vera Chytilová
Director | Sedmikrásky
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 ...
12. Ava DuVernay
Producer | Queen Sugar
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This is 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 ...
15. Nisha Pahuja
Director | The World Before Her
The World Before Her will premiere on POV: September 16, 2013
16. Svetlana Cvetko
Cinematographer | Inside Job
Svetlana Cvetko, Director / DP
Svetlana's feature-length directorial debut is the award-winning "Show Me What You Got". An ode to "Jules et Jim" and the rule-breaking French New Wave, the film has been called "A work of courage in search of the meaning of life" by MadMass Cinema in Italy and "a ...
Director: She Kept Silent (2006) and She Kept Silent (2004) Cinematographer - extensive credits including Inside Job
17. Kalyanee Mam
Cinematographer | A River Changes Course
Director: A River Changes Course (2013) and Between Earth & Sky (2009)
Also Cinematographer, Producer.
18. Kathryn Bigelow
Director | Near Dark
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 ...
Director: I Remember (short)
21. Sylvia Binsfeld
Producer | Dorme
Director: Dorme (short)
22. Mina T. Son
Director | Top Spin
Director: Top Spin, etc.
23. Freida Lee Mock
Producer | Return with Honor
Director: Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision, Anita, etc. (2013)
Writer | Designing Women
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was born on April 15, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA as Linda Joyce Bloodworth. She is a writer and producer, known for Designing Women (1986), Bridegroom (2013) and Evening Shade (1990). She has been married to Harry Thomason since July 23, 1983.
Director: Bridegroom (2013)
26. Meera Menon
Director | Farah Goes Bang
Meera Menon is an Indian-American director, writer, and editor. Her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize by Tribeca and Vogue. She resides in Los Angeles.
Menon cited her father as her earliest ...
Director: Farah Goes Bang (2013)
28. Roberta Torre
Director | Tano da morire
After studying philosophy at the University of Milan, he specialized in the Paolo Grassi School of dramatic art in dramaturgy and film direction at the Civic School of Cinema Luchino Visconti. At the same time he participated in the collective workshop Ipotesi Cinema, founded by Ermanno Olmi . Hers...
29. Barbra Streisand
Soundtrack | 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,...
31. Shamim Sarif
Director | Despite the Falling Snow
Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and director for film and TV. She is also a long-time advocate for the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community. Her new book, The Athena Protocol, is a feminist thriller released by HarperCollins in October 2019 as the ...
32. Ondi Timoner
Producer | Mapplethorpe
Ondi Timoner is known to be one of the greatest talents in non-fiction filmmaking. She often takes on the stories of visionaries fighting against all odds with a gripping and unique mixed-media, narrative style.
Ondi has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film ...
38. Mira Nair
Director | Salaam Bombay!
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 ...
39. Deepa Mehta
Producer | Fire
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 ...
40. Sophie Huber
Director | Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Sophie Huber was born in 1971 in Bern, Switzerland. She is an actress and director, known for Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018), Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012) and Make My Day (2004). She has been married to Cherry Jones since 2015.
43. 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 ...
45. Vera Farmiga
Actress | Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who has received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Up in the Air (2009) and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her roles in Bates Motel (2013) and When They See Us (2019).
She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, ...
47. Cindy Kleine
Director | Phyllis and Harold
Cindy Kleine is a director and producer, known for Phyllis and Harold (2008), Doug and Mike, Mike and Doug (1989) and Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013). She has been married to Andre Gregory since 2000.
director: Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner
48. 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 ...
51. 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...
53. Blerta Zeqiri
Director | Martesa
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, ...
55. 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 ...
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 ...
57. Amy Seimetz
Actress | Upstream Color
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 ...
60. Dee Rees
Director | Mudbound
Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.
In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...
Producer | The Great American Lie
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the First Partner of California, is a filmmaker, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation (2011). ...
02013.06.09: Watched her documentary Miss Representation. At the moment that is her only directing credit.
73. Jodie Foster
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). In 1975 Jodie was offered the role of prostitute Iris Steensma in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received ...
74. Alix Lambert
Producer | The Mark of Cain
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...
77. Elizabeth Banks
Actress | The Hunger Games
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 ...
78. Betty Thomas
Self | Howard Stern
Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 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...
80. Susanne Bier
Director | Hævnen
Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...
82. Naomi Foner
Producer | Running on Empty
Naomi Foner was born on March 15, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Naomi Achs. She is a producer and writer, known for Running on Empty (1988), Very Good Girls (2013) and Moon Flower of Flying Tigers. She was previously married to Stephen Gyllenhaal and Eric Foner.
83. 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 ...
84. Amma Asante
Director | Belle
Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). 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...
85. 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, ...
86. Jennifer Lee
Writer | Frozen
Jennifer Lee was born on October 22, 1971 in Barrington. Rhode Island, USA as Jennifer Michelle Rebecchi. She is a writer and producer, known for Frozen (2013), Frozen II (2019) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012). She has been married to Alfred Molina since August 2021. She was previously married to Robert ...
87. Lynn Shelton
Director | Humpday
Two time Emmy-nominated actress and director Lynn Shelton fell ill and was taken to a Los Angeles, California hospital. During her medical examination it was found that she had been suffering, without diagnosis or any apparent symptoms, from acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood. She died ...
90. Salomé Breziner
Producer | MOOP
Salome Breziner is a multi-lingual director, writer and producer of award-winning shorts, music videos, and feature films , both narrative and documentary, with a degree from NYU Film School. She has directed six feature films, produced nine feature films and various commercial and music video ...
91. Karyn Kusama
Director | The Invitation
Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Destroyer (2018) and Girlfight (2000). She has been married to Phil Hay since October 2006. They have one child.
Writer | Ice Fishing
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 ...
96. Jenée LaMarque
Director | The Pretty One
Jenée LaMarque was born on February 2, 1980 in West Covina, California, USA. She is a director and writer, known for The Pretty One (2013), The Feels (2017) and Room 104 (2017). She has been married to Julian Wass since November 4, 2006. They have two children.
Writer | Nut Cracker
Alexandra Billington is an award-winning British-Australian screenwriter and producer for film and television. Formerly a producer and writer working with channels such as MTV, Paramount, Showtime, the Movie Channel, etc..., Alexandra's focus is on emotionally-driven character-driven stories ...
99. Megan Griffiths
Director | Lucky Them
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She has directed shows for HBO (Room 104), EPIX (Graves), TNT (Animal Kingdom), Hulu (Looking for Alaska), USA (Dare Me), Fox (Prodigal Son), Netflix (The Society, Trinkets), and Amazon (Panic). Prior to this, she wrote and ...
100. Celina Murga
Director | Ana y los otros
Director Martin Scorsese was so impressed with the Argentinian's offbeat movie A Week Alone (2008) (A Week Alone), he invited her to spend 7 weeks on the set of his Shutter Island (2010) as a guest observer. This position - production assistant - Scorsese first created when he invited Amy Holden ...