Jennifer is an Australian actress, writer and director, best known for her directorial debut, the horror film THE BABADOOK (2014). Her second film, THE NIGHTINGALE, premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival was released this summer. When asked "Why aren’t there more female horror directors? Kent [said she] believes the shortage is a reflection of the dearth of women with power in the film industry in general. “It’s a bigger problem,” she says, noting there have been some great recent counterpoints to the horror-movie boys’ club... It will shift, as the world shifts,” Kent says, noting that there’s no lack of female horror fans. “Women do love watching scary films. It’s been proven, and they’ve done all the tests. The demographics are half men, half women. And we know fear. It’s not like we can’t explore the subject.” Read more on her thoughts on female horror directors here. THE NIGHTINGALE is set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. Critics say it's "a masterful display of cinematic craft, an astonishing feat considering this is only her second feature, though her first - the eerie and more supernatural "The Babadook" from 2014, also about a woman in serious trouble - showed she was a talent to watch."
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Sara was born and raised in Mexico City and attended a German boarding school for high school before moving to NYC to pursue her career in filmmaking. She attended New York Film Academy, and after graduation, Sara worked in production and development at Pearl Street Films under the wing of Jennifer Todd, while writing and directing her own projects. Sara sold her first screenplay, PLAN V to No Dancing Today, and was awarded Tribeca Film Institute’s TAA grant for her feature COYOTE LAKE. She also won the Gold Lion Award at the Barcelona International Film Festival for her short film DIEGO (link below). Sara has also worked in on-set production on several TV series, including THE MINDY PROJECT, AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON, GETTING ON and THE FOSTERS. She is attached to direct SANTA MUERTE with Third Wheel Films (SLENDER MAN) producing. Coyote Lake will be on HBO later this fall as a new movie release!
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Gabriela Calvache was born and raised in Ecuador. “La Mala Noche”, her debut feature, premiered at SXSW 2019 and was nominated for the GameChanger Award. It also won Best International Film at the NYLFF 2019 and is now the Ecuadorean Oscar entry for 2020 Best Foreign Language Film. This intense thriller tells the story of a woman who turns to prostitution and then must surrender her income to the leader of a human trafficking ring. But when her daughter's illness and a drug addiction prevent her from delivering her usual share, she will have to find a way to stop obeying and take justice into her own hands.
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Carla Simón grew up in a small Catalan village, and graduated in Film Studies from the University of Barcelona, and after that she also studied at the University of California and at the London Film School. Inspired by her own childhood, Carla’s debut feature Summer 1993 tells the story of a six-year-old orphan who is forced to live with her aunt and uncle after her parents die of AIDS. It premiered at the Berlinale 2017 where it won the Best First Film Award and the Generation Kplus Grand Prix Jury Award. In 2018, Carla received the Women in Motion Young Talent Prize at Cannes. Summer 1993 was received by critics as a luminous, moving –but never sentimental– debut, which also represented Spain in the foreign-language Oscar race in 2017.
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Alejandra Márquez Abella
Raised in Mexico City by historian parents, writer-director Alejandra Márquez Abella studied filmmaking at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematographics de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Inspired by international art film directors and the French New Wave in particular — “They felt like a drug exploding in my brain,” she says — the emerging Mexican auteur debuted her first feature, “Semana Santa,” at the Toronto film festival in 2015. This September, she was back at TIFF with “The Good Girls,” which premiered in the prestigious Platform competition.
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Jones is an Australian director, producer and actress. She is best known for her film FUN MOM DINNER and the TV-series Queen America. Jones's first short film, 'When the Wind Changes' (which she directed and edited), premiered at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival and in 2011 won the prestigious Inside Film (IF) Award for Best Short Film as well as the Most Popular Film Award at Flickerfest and Best Comedy and People’s Choice awards at the St Kilda Film Festival. Her big break was directing the short film 'Lemonade Stand,' which won first prize at the 2012 Tropfest Film Festival. Her first feature film was FUN MOM DINNER, starring Toni Collette, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott and Adam Levine. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, Jones directed the Facebook Watch series, Queen America.
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Jordana attended the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs with the project and previously wrote, directed and produced several short films, including acclaimed Sundance short, SKIN. The co-writer Angelica Nwandu is the founder of The Shade Room, a social media site for African American culture which has over 15 million followers. NIGHT COMES ON had its World Premiere in the NEXT section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Dominique Fishback from HBO’s The Deuce in a tour-de-force performance, which landed her on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of breakout stars to watch. NIGHT COMES ON follows Angela as she is released from juvenile hall on her 18th birthday with a single focus: shoot her father who killed her mother. As she confronts her rebellious past and empty future, her plans derail when her little sister Abby reenters the picture.
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Ana Lily Amirpour
Amipour is an English-born Iranian-American director, writer, producer and actor. She's best known for making A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, which debuted at Sundance in 2014. “Making a film is like putting on a perfume — you see who it attracts,” says Amirpour, whose “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT has been amassing passionate devotees since its premiere at Sundance this year. “I make films to make friends,” Amirpour continues. “It’s just me, lonely, trying to figure out how to be a human being. When making a film, something in your brain caves: you invite people in and those people are part of it for a while. And then you’re done, it’s over, and you have to do it all over again.” A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is an astonishing debut feature that contains the dark beauty of old-school vampire films, the cool rigor of the Iranian New Wave, and the culturally aware wit of someone with killer taste in music and movies.
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Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage
Britt and Dan are both writers and directors. After studying International Relations at UC Berkeley, Britt left politics to pursue film and completed her MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She wrote PROFILE, a female-driven political thriller that played at both Berlinale and South by Southwest in 2018. THEM THAT FOLLOW is their first feature-length screenplay and marks their directorial debut. The film premiered in US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW and the Edinburgh Film Festival. It is currently out in theaters! Dan is currently adapting V.E. Schwab's forthcoming novel, The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, for Entertainment One.
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Annabelle grew up in Los Angeles before attending NYU where she began writing, directing, and starring in short films and plays. Her first short film, "Frankie Keeps Talking" has played at over 30 festivals and won awards including Best Female Protagonist at NFFTY. Her first feature film, MICKEY AND THE BEAR, had an acclaimed world premiere at SWSW 2019 before being picked up by Utopia for worldwide distribution at Cannes. The movie's ground crew was comprised 70% of women and qualified for the ReFrame Stamp, which is mark of distinction for films that have demonstrated success in hiring gender-balanced crews.
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Ash Mayfair was born and raised in Vietnam, and received her MFA in filmmaking from NYU. Her short films — including “The Silver Man” and “No Exit” — have been screened at numerous international film festivals. THE THIRD WIFE is Mayfair’s first feature film, and the screenplay won the Spike Lee Production Fund in 2014. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the NETPAC Jury Award, and also won awards at the San Sebastian, Milano, Chicago, Minsk, Kolkata and Cairo film festivals. Ash is working on her second feature, tentatively titled SKIN OF YOUTH, about an all-consuming love story between a transgender singer and a dog-cage fighter set in 1990s Saigon, Vietnam. When asked about advice she has for other female directors, Ash replied "preserve your own voice. Fight for it. Lift other women around you. Fight for them." Read her full interview here!
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Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," Josephine Decker has directed three feature narrative thriller films: BUTTER ON THE LATCH (2013), THOU WAST MILK AND LOVELY (2014), and MADELINE'S MADELINE (2018). She also co-directed the documentary BI THE WAY (2008) with Brittany Blockman.
Her film THOU WAST MILK AND LOVELY, starring Joe Swanberg and inspired by a character from John Steinbeck's East of Eden, was said by The New Yorker to be ushering in a "new grammar" of narrative. MADELINE'S MADELINE premiered at Sundance in 2018, and also screened at Berlin where it was nominated for the CICAE award.
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Sofia Coppola is a writer, director, and producer, known best for her films THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999) and LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003). In 2004, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for LOST IN TRANSLATION, and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. Coppola followed with the critically-acclaimed MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), and SOMEWHERE (2010), the latter of which earned her the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival - the first American woman to do so. Coppola then directed THE BLING RING (2013) and THE BEGUILED (2017), which premiered at Cannes and won Coppola the Best Director award. She is currently working on the A24/Apple feature titled ON THE ROCKS, starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray.
Choe's debut feature NANCY premiered at Sundance in the 2018 US Dramatic Competition, where it won the Waldo Salt Best Screenplay Award. The film is a psychodrama about a woman who blurs the lines between reality and fiction, a line that has become difficult to distinguish at times. NANCY was nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards and named one of the "Best films of 2018" by Indiewire, The Village Voice and the A/V Club with Choe named one of Indiewire's "20 Rising Female Directors”. In 2017, her docu-series WELCOME TO THE DPRK, a personal portrait of North Korea, was acquired by First Look Media/Topic Studios and is currently streaming online. Choe is currently developing her next feature film, an original TV series, and recently directed episodes of TV anthologies, Hulu’s THE ACT, and Jordan Peele’s reboot of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
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Brühlmann's career in film began as an actress. Although she was doing well, scoring a slew of appearances in film and television, she grew frustrated. "I quickly felt a desire to tell stories myself," she said. "The more I was on set and saw different directors at work, the more I thought that I could do it too. And I thought about how I would stage it myself. I just did it, I made a short film and I realized that's what's fulfilling to me. I like to be involved in the whole process, thus giving space to my voice as an artist. So I decided to go to film school and learn the craft from scratch." The Swiss filmmaker's debut feature film, BLUE MY MIND, premiered at the San Sebastián Film Festival to rave reviews and many international accolades, including Best Film at the 2018 Swiss Film Awards and the Critics' Choice Award at the 2017 Zurich Film Festival. Most recently Lisa directed episodes of Killing Eve's second season. Read Lisa's interview here!
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Jamie Babbit has directed several features and produced and directed multiple award winning television shows. She works as a Co-Executive Producer and Series Director of Silicon Valley, which is currently heading into its 6th season and has been nominated for 23 Primetime Emmys and 2 Golden Globes. Jamie was nominated for an Emmy for her work on episode 403, which she also directed. In addition to her work in television, Jamie directed ADDICTED TO FRESNO, starring Natasha Lyonne and is currently in post-production on THE STAND-IN, which will star Drew Barrymore. She is known for directing the queer comedy BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER. Babbit began her career as Martin Scorsese's intern on THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and worked underneath David Fincher on THE GAME. Babbit has been profiled in The New York Times, Out Magazine, Time Out, The LA Times, Filmmaker magazine, The Huffington Post.
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Kim is one of the preeminent feminists and LGBTQ voices in Hollywood. BOYS DON'T CRY was her first film and led to an Oscar nomination for Chloe Sevigny and a win for Hilary Swank. She followed it up with STOP-LOSS and the 2013 remake of CARRIE. In the television space, Kimberly has directed critically acclaimed dramas and comedies, such as Six for A&E, Halt and Catch Fire for AMC, and I Love Dick for Amazon. Most recently, her second season episode of Dear White People has been one of the buzziest and best reviewed of the season. Currently, she is directing an episode of Pussy Valley for Starz.
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Nahnatchka is the series creator and executive producer of the ABC comedy FRESH OFF THE BOAT, which is going into its 5th season. Prior to that, she was the creator and executive producer of DON’T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23, which aired for two seasons on ABC from 2011-2012. Before creating her own series she served as an executive producer on the FOX animated show AMERICAN DAD! for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Nahnatchka has co-written the feature GOOD KIDS with Matthew Negrete (THE WALKING DEAD), for Joy Gorman and Kerry Roberts at Anonymous Content, which is currently being set up for her to direct. She most recently directed ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE starring Ali Wong and Randall Park for Netflix-- it currently has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's a fun interview with Nahnatchka!
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Hikari’s debut feature film, 37 SECONDS, premiered this year at the Berlinale to rave reviews and won the Panorama Audience Award. Netflix acquired the film and is positioning it to be an awards film this fall. 37 SECONDS follows a 23-year-old graphic novel artist, Yuma, who is physically disabled due to cerebral palsy and emotionally stunted by her well-meaning but overly protective mother. In an effort to find herself, Yuma forges her own unusual path to sexual awakening and independence while at the same time discovering love and forgiveness. "In a Japanese society, it is a big challenge to depict people with disabilities in a film,” Hikari said in her speech after winning the prizes. “Every culture has something they don’t want to talk about,” said Hikari, “people with a disability and their sexuality is definitely not something that people would talk about in Japan.” Prior to 37 SECONDS, Hikari has directed many shorts and commercials, including TSUYAKO which won 47 awards and visited over 100 film festivals worldwide. Her 2015 short WHERE WE BEGIN, was nominated for Best International Short Film at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Hikari is fluent in English and Japanese and lives in LA.
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