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...

1. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

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 children. She was ...

3. Jerusha Hess

Writer | Austenland

Jerusha Hess was born on July 12, 1980 in Olathe, Kansas, USA as Jerusha Elizabeth Demke. She is a writer and producer, known for Austenland (2013), Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Nacho Libre (2006). She is married to Jared Hess. They have one child.

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 Eve's Bayou (1997). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since 1995. They have two children.

5. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro was born in 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a director and writer, known for Whale Rider (2002), The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) and McFarland, USA (2015).

7. 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.

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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 | Dedictví aneb Kurvahosigutntag

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 ...

11. Lake Bell

Actress | In a World...

Lake Bell was born on March 24, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA as Lake Caroline Siegel Bell. She is an actress and director, known for In a World... (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and It's Complicated (2009). She has been married to Scott Campbell since June 1, 2013. They have two ...

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 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 ...

13. Eliza Hittman

Director | Beach Rats

Eliza Hittman is a director and writer, known for Beach Rats (2017) and It Felt Like Love (2013).

14. Campbell Ex

Director | Stud Life

Campbell Ex is known for her work on Stud Life (2012), Different for Girls (2017) and The Owls (2010).

15. Nisha Pahuja

Director | The World Before Her

Nisha Pahuja is a director and writer, known for The World Before Her (2012), Diamond Road (2007) and Bollywood Bound (2002).

The World Before Her will premiere on POV: September 16, 2013

16. Svetlana Cvetko

Cinematographer | Inside Job

Director: She Kept Silent (2006) and She Kept Silent (2004) Cinematographer - extensive credits including Inside Job

17. Kalyanee Mam

Cinematographer | A River Changes Course

Kalyanee Mam is a cinematographer and producer, known for A River Changes Course (2013), Time to Choose (2015) and Inside Job (2010).

Director: A River Changes Course (2013) and Between Earth & Sky (2009)

Also Cinematographer, Producer.

18. 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 ...

19. Maja Borg

Cinematographer | Future My Love

Maja Borg is an editor and cinematographer, known for Future My Love (2012), Man (2016) and Ottica Zero (2007).

Director: I Remember (short)

21. Sylvia Binsfeld

Producer | Dorme

Sylvia Binsfeld is a producer and director, known for Dorme (2006), Who Framed Mary Magdalene? (2017) and Leonard Cohen: Dance Me to the End of Love (1995).

Director: Dorme (short)

22. Mina T. Son

Director | Top Spin

Mina T. Son is known for her work on Top Spin (2014), Making Noise in Silence (2011) and Top Spin (2010).

Director: Top Spin, etc.

23. Freida Lee Mock

Producer | Return with Honor

Freida Lee Mock is a producer and director, known for Return with Honor (1998), Anita (2013) and Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994). She is married to Terry Sanders.

Director: Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision, Anita, etc. (2013)

Director: Walking the Camino... (2013)

25. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

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 editor and director, known for Farah Goes Bang (2013), Equity (2016) and Blood Drive (2017).

Director: Farah Goes Bang (2013)

27. Naomi Kawase

Director | An

Naomi Kawase was born on May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Futatsume no mado (2014) and Moe no suzaku (1997). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

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...

Director: Angela

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,...

Director: Yentl

30. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Actress | Il est plus facile pour un chameau...

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born on November 16, 1964 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. She is an actress and director, known for Il est plus facile pour un chameau... (2003), La pazza gioia (2016) and Il capitale umano (2013).

31. Shamim Sarif

Writer | Despite the Falling Snow

Shamim Sarif was born on September 24, 1969 in England. She is a writer and director, known for Despite the Falling Snow (2016), The World Unseen (2007) and I Can't Think Straight (2008). She is married to Hanan Kattan. They have two children.

32. Ondi Timoner

Producer | Mapplethorpe

ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice - for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and ...

33. Lucy Walker

Director | The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker was born in London, England. She is a director and producer, known for The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010) and Blindsight (2006).

35. Courtney Hunt

Director | Frozen River

Courtney Hunt was born in 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Frozen River (2008), The Whole Truth (2016) and Fear the Walking Dead (2015).

36. Vanessa Gould

Camera_department | Between the Folds

Vanessa Gould was born on January 30, 1974 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA. She is known for her work on Between the Folds (2008), Obit. (2016) and Independent Lens (1999).

37. Verena Paravel

Director | Leviathan

Verena Paravel is a director and producer, known for Leviathan (2012), Foreign Parts (2010) and Caniba (2017).

38. Mira Nair

Director | Mississippi Masala

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

Director | 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 After Effect (2007). She has been married to Cherry Jones since 2015.

41. Lorene Scafaria

Actress | Coherence

Lorene Scafaria is a writer and actress, known for Coherence (2013), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Meddler (2015).

42. Bronwen Hughes

Director | The Journey Is the Destination

Bronwen Hughes is a director and producer, known for The Journey Is the Destination (2016), Forces of Nature (1999) and Motive (2013).

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 | The Departed

Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air (2009) and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel (2013).

She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the ...

46. Jannicke Systad Jacobsen

Director | Få meg på, for faen

Jannicke Systad Jacobsen is a director and writer, known for Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011), Klovnebarna (2005) and Scener fra et vennskap (2009).

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 ...

49. Maria White

Producer | The Debutante Hunters

Maria White is an actress and producer, known for The Debutante Hunters (2013), Tackle Box (2004) and The Final Adventure of John & Eleanor Greene (2016).

50. Jessie Ennis

Actress | Hits

Jessie Ennis is an actress and director, known for Hits (2014) and The Arm (2012).

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...

52. Sarah Ramos

Actress | American Dreams

Sarah Ramos was born on May 21, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sarah Emily Ramos. She is an actress and writer, known for American Dreams (2002), Parenthood (2010) and The Arm (2012).

53. Blerta Zeqiri

Director | The Marriage

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 ...

56. 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 ...

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 ...

58. Sally El Hosaini

Director | My Brother the Devil

Sally El Hosaini is known for her work on My Brother the Devil (2012), Green Zone (2010) and The Fifth Bowl (2008).

59. Anne Fletcher

Actress | The Proposal

Anne Fletcher was born on May 1, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on The Proposal (2009), Step Up (2006) and Hairspray (2007).

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, ...

62. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Producer | The Mask You Live In

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 (2011), which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the ...

02013.06.09: Watched her documentary Miss Representation. At the moment that is her only directing credit.

63. Helen Hunt

Actress | As Good as It Gets

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.

67. Josephine Decker

Director | Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Josephine Decker is an actress and director, known for Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014), Madeline's Madeline (2018) and Collective: Unconscious (2016).

68. Adina Pintilie

Director | Touch Me Not

Adina Pintilie was born on January 12, 1980 in Bucharest, Romania as Adina-Elena Pintilie. She is a director and writer, known for Touch Me Not (2018), Nu te supara, dar... (2007) and Balastiera #186 (2009).

73. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

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...

75. Nicolina Lanni

Director | Lost & Found

Nicolina Lanni is known for her work on Lost & Found (2014), The Detectives Club: New Orleans (2017) and Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case (2012).

76. Rebecca Fishman

Director | Teddy Bears

Rebecca Fishman is an actress and director, known for The Big Ask (2013), A Dream Like You (2005) and Everything Must Go (2003). She is married to Thomas Beatty. They have two children.

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...

79. Kimberly Peirce

Director | Boys Don't Cry

Kimberly Peirce was born on September 8, 1967 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Boys Don't Cry (1999), Stop-Loss (2008) and Carrie (2013).

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 ...

81. Maggie Carey

Director | The To Do List

Maggie Carey was born in 1975 in Boise, Idaho, USA. She is a director and writer, known for The To Do List (2013), Silicon Valley (2014) and The Last Man on Earth (2015). She was previously married to Bill Hader.

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 | Young Adult

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 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 wrote and directed won her ...

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 known for her work on Frozen (2013), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Zootopia (2016).

87. Lynn Shelton

Director | Humpday

Lynn Shelton is a director and actress, known for Humpday (2009), Laggies (2014) and Your Sister's Sister (2011).

88. Sophie Barthes

Director | Cold Souls

Sophie Barthes is a director and writer, known for Cold Souls (2009), Madame Bovary (2014) and Happiness (2006). She is married to Andrij Parekh. They have one child.

89. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Thirteen

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Thirteen (2003), Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011).

90. Salomé Breziner

Director | Helicopter Mom

Salomé Breziner is a director and producer, known for Helicopter Mom (2014), Butch Walker: Out of Focus (2013) and Fast Sofa (2001).

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 writer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Æon Flux (2005).

92. Amy Berg

Producer | Deliver Us from Evil

Amy Berg was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Deliver Us from Evil (2006), West of Memphis (2012) and Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015).

93. Deborah Kampmeier

Writer | Hounddog

Deborah Kampmeier was born on November 21, 1964. She is a writer and director, known for Hounddog (2007), Virgin (2003) and Split (2016).

94. Alexandra Kondracke

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 ...

95. Anne Fontaine

Writer | Coco avant Chanel

Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is an actress and writer, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Innocents (2016) and Marvin ou la belle éducation (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.

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 Happy Deathday (2007). She has been married to Julian Wass since November 4, 2006. They have two children.

98. Alexandra Billington

Writer | Nut Cracker

Alexandra Billington is a writer and producer with a genuine passion for the written word. She's an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has screened at such festivals as Cannes, Palm Springs, Sydney International Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival and many more. . ...

99. Megan Griffiths

Director | Lucky Them

Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She recently directed two episodes of the Duplass Brothers' HBO anthology series Room 104 and an episode of the Epix comedy Graves, starring Nick Nolte. Prior to this, she wrote and directed the thriller The Night Stalker, ...

100. Celina Murga

Director | Ana y los otros

Director Martin Scorsese was so impressed with the Argentinian's offbeat movie Una semana solos (2007) (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 ...



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