Top 25 art-house filmmakers under 40

by hansstein | created - 04 Oct 2019 | updated - 04 Oct 2019 | Public

1. Barry Jenkins

Director | If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins was born on November 19, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a director and producer, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Moonlight (2016) and Medicine for Melancholy (2008).

2. Xavier Dolan

Actor | J'ai tué ma mère

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for I Killed My Mother (2009), Tom at the Farm (2013) and Heartbeats (2010).

3. 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 ...

4. Benh Zeitlin

Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...

5. 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, ...

6. David Lowery

Editor | A Ghost Story

David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).

At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.

Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).

He often ...

7. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

8. Josh Trank

Writer | Fantastic Four

Josh Trank was born on February 19, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Benjamin Trank. He is a writer and director, known for Fantastic Four (2015), Chronicle (2012) and The Kill Point (2007). He was previously married to Krystin Ver Linden.

9. Ryan Coogler

Director | Black Panther

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California, USA as Ryan Kyle Coogler. He has been married to Zinzi Coogler since 2016.

10. Hiro Murai

Director | Atlanta

Hiro Murai is a director and producer, known for Atlanta (2016), Guava Island (2019) and Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018).

11. Justin Simien

Writer | Dear White People

Justin Simien is a writer and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Dear White People (2017) and Bad Hair (2020).

12. Gia Coppola

Director | Palo Alto

Gia Coppola was born on January 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Giancarla Coppola. She is a director and writer, known for Palo Alto (2013), Mainstream (2020) and Somewhere (2010).

13. Michael Matteo Rossi

Producer | Chase

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael has extensively been involved in writing, producing and directing and actively been involved in film projects for the last few years. At 19, Michael went on to have his first short film, Our Lost Translation, screened at the LA Shorts Fest. After completing ...

14. Antonio Negret

Director | Prodigal Son

Antonio Negret is a Suma Cum Laude graduate from the USC School of Cinema Television, with a minor from the USC School of Theatre where he was the recipient of multiple scholarships.

His first feature, "Towards Darkness," premiered in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. It dealt ...

15. Ilya Naishuller

Director | Hardcore Henry

Ilya Naishuller is a director and producer, known for Hardcore Henry (2015), Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker (2013) and I Am Losing Weight (2018).

16. Daryl Wein

Director | Breaking Upwards

Daryl Wein is an award-winning filmmaker. He is represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.

He co-wrote/co-directed/co-produced/DP'd/edited, "How It Ends"; World Premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Wilde, Helen Hunt, Fred Armisen, Nick ...

17. Samira Makhmalbaf

Director | Panj é asr

Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker

Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.

At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...

18. Mia Hansen-Løve

Director | L'avenir

Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September (1998). Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les Destinees (2000). Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real life, Mia ...

19. Antonio Campos

Producer | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Antonio Campos was born on August 24, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Afterschool (2008) and The Devil All the Time (2020). He has been married to Sofía Subercaseaux since November 28, 2015. They have one child.

20. Matt Duffer

Producer | Stranger Things

Matt Duffer was born as Matthew C. Duffer. He is a producer and writer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

21. Ross Duffer

Producer | Stranger Things

Ross Duffer was born as Ross C. Duffer. He is a producer and writer, known for Stranger Things (2016), We All Fall Down (2005) and Wayward Pines (2015).

22. Carlos López Estrada

Director | Raya and the Last Dragon

Carlos López Estrada is a director and writer, known for Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Blindspotting (2018) and Legion (2017).

23. Benny Safdie

Director | Good Time

Benny Safdie was born in 1986 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for Good Time (2017), Uncut Gems (2019) and Daddy Longlegs (2009).

24. Josh Safdie

Director | Good Time

Born and raised in New York City: in both Queens & Manhattan. He attended the school of Communication at Boston University. He often collaborates with his brother Benny Safdie. The brothers have both cited early experiences in front of their father's camera as the reasons for their pursing ...

25. Rebecca Thomas

Director | Stranger Things

Rebecca Thomas is a director and producer, known for Stranger Things (2016), Electrick Children (2012) and Limetown (2019).



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