Breakthrough Film Directors of 2020

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1. Josh Ruben

Actor | Scare Me

Josh Ruben is an award-winning actor, writer, and director whose feature film "SCARE ME" which he wrote, directed and starred alongside Aya Cash and Chris Redd, debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Shudder, AMC's horror platform, bought the feature in advance of the festival premiere. For ...

Scare Me

2. Tony Cervone

Producer | Duck Dodgers

Tony is a 25-year animation veteran. He is a leading expert on the Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tune franchises for Warner Brothers Animation.

His first job was in Chicago on Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs as an animator and storyboard artist. He eventually ended up on the Warner...


Saint Frances

4. Dave Franco

Actor | Neighbors

David John Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, an author, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. He has two older brothers, actors James Franco and Tom Franco. His father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and his mother is Jewish. Dave made ...

The Rental

5. Andrew Heckler

Director | Burden

Andrew Heckler is an actor and director, known for Burden (2018), Armageddon (1998) and Ally McBeal (1997).


6. Jason Orley

Actor | The Intern

Jason Orley is known for his work on The Intern (2015), Big Time Adolescence (2019) and It's Complicated (2009).

Big Time Adolesence

7. Joe Robert Cole

Writer | Black Panther

Joe Robert Cole is a writer and producer, known for Black Panther (2018), American Crime Story (2016) and Amber Lake (2011).

All Day & a Night

8. Brandon Trost

Director | An American Pickle

Brandon Trost was born on August 29, 1981. He is known for his work on An American Pickle (2020), The Disaster Artist (2017) and This Is the End (2013).

an American Pickle

9. Sam Hargrave

Actor | Extraction

Sam Hargrave is known for his work on Extraction (2020), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Atomic Blonde (2017).


10. Karen Maine

Writer | Yes, God, Yes

Karen Maine is a writer and director, known for Yes, God, Yes (2019), Obvious Child (2014) and Obvious Child (2009).

Yes, God, Yes

The Fuck It List

12. Aaron Schneider

Director | Two Soldiers

Aaron Schneider is a cinematographer and director, known for Two Soldiers (2003), Get Low (2009) and Greyhound (2020).


& Danielle Krudy

Blow the Man Down

14. Matthew John Lawrence

Producer | Larry Gone Demon

Matthew John Lawrence is a 30-something filmmaker hailing from the great state of New Jersey. He writes, directs, produces, and edits micro-budget movies and is an Assistant Professor at The College of New Jersey where he teaches courses in media studies and production.

Matthew received his MFA in ...

Uncle Peckerneck

15. Ricky Tollman

The Words

Ricky Tollman is an actor and producer, known for The Words (2012), Lawless (2012) and Run This Town (2019).

Run This Town

16. Max Barbakow

Director | Palm Springs

Max Barbakow is a director and writer, known for Palm Springs (2020), The Duke: Based on the Memoir 'I'm The Duke' by J.P. Duke (2016) and Mi Dulcinea (2017).

Palm Springs

John Henry

18. Benjamin Kasulke

Director | Banana Split

Benjamin Kasulke is known for his work on Banana Split (2018), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) and Laggies (2014).

Banana Split

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