future favorite directors

by zoelu | created - 09 Jun 2016 | updated - 19 Jul 2016 | Public

Lake Mungo

2. Mike Flanagan

Editor | Oculus

Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...

Absentia, Oculus, Hush

3. J.T. Petty

Writer | Soft for Digging

J.T. Petty is a writer and director, known for Soft for Digging (2001), The Burrowers (2008) and Hellbenders (2012).

The Burrowers

4. Adrián García Bogliano

Writer | Ahí va el diablo

Adrián García Bogliano was born on July 4, 1980 in Madrid, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Ahí va el diablo (2012), 36 pasos (2006) and The ABCs of Death (2012).

Here Comes the Devil, Late Phases

5. Alexandre Bustillo

Writer | À l'intérieur

Alexandre Bustillo is a writer and director, known for Inside (2007), Aux yeux des vivants (2014) and ABCs of Death 2 (2014).

Inside

6. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Sinister

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Sinister (2012), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

Sinister

7. Alexandre Aja

Director | Haute tension

Alexandre Aja was born on August 7, 1978 in Paris, France as Alexandre Jouan Arcady. He is a producer and director, known for High Tension (2003), Piranha 3D (2010) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006). He is married to Laïla Marrakchi.

High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes

8. James Wan

Producer | The Conjuring 2

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

Dead Silence, Insidious

9. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth

10. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have one child.

Moon, Source Code

11. Pascal Laugier

Director | Martyrs

Pascal Laugier is a director and writer, known for Martyrs (2008), The Tall Man (2012) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001).

Martyrs

12. Jorge Michel Grau

Director | Somos lo que hay

Jorge Michel Grau obtains a B.A. in Communication from the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 1994-1998 and then graduates with honors in Film Direction from the Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC); in his professional career he has started as a producer of documentaries and ...

We Are What We Are

13. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

Monsters

14. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Fyra nyanser av brunt (2004).

Let the Right One In

15. Ti West

Director | The Innkeepers

Ti West was born on October 5, 1980 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. He is a director and writer, known for The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013) and The House of the Devil (2009).

House of the Devils, The Innkeepers

16. Vincenzo Natali

Director | Cube

Vincenzo Natali was born on January 6, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Cube (1997), Cypher (2002) and Splice (2009).

Cube, Splice

17. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

Gone Baby Gone, The Town

18. Eli Roth

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Eli Raphael Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Cora (Bialis), a painter, and Sheldon H. Roth, a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor. His family is Jewish (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland). He began shooting Super 8 films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley ...

Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hostel II

19. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

Knocked Up, Funny People, Trainwreck

20. Kim Chapiron

Director | Dog Pound

Kim Chapiron was born on July 4, 1980 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Dog Pound (2010), Sheitan (2006) and La crème de la crème (2014).

Sheitan

21. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), Monster (2005) and Murder Call (1997).

The Bababook

22. David Robert Mitchell

Writer | It Follows

David Robert Mitchell is an American director mainly known for the breakout horror film ''It Follows'' which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. in 2002, Mitchell wrote and directed ''Virgin'' a short film featuring Carolina Castro and Cameron Diskin about a local legend...

It Follows

23. Zack Parker

Producer | Scalene

A native of the Midwest, Zack Parker is originally from the small town of Richmond, Indiana where he began making films at age 11. Acquiring a deep passion and interest in film as he grew, Zack went on to study filmmaking at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and later at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. ...

Proxy

24. Severin Fiala

Director | Ich seh ich seh

Severin Fiala was born in 1985 in Horn, Lower Austria, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for Goodnight Mommy (2014), The Lodge and The Fortress.

Goodnight Mommy

25. Veronika Franz

Writer | Ich seh ich seh

Veronika Franz was born in 1965 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Goodnight Mommy (2014), Paradies: Glaube (2012) and Paradies: Liebe (2012).

Goodnight Mommy

26. Robert Eggers

Director | The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Robert Eggers is a production designer and costume designer, known for The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015), The Tell-Tale Heart (2008) and Nosferatu.

The Witch

27. Christopher Smith

Director | Triangle

Christopher Smith was born in 1970 in Bristol, England. He is a director and writer, known for Triangle (2009), Severance (2006) and Black Death (2010).

Creep, Triangle

28. Rian Johnson

Director | Looper

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

Brick

29. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Y Tu Mama Tabien, Children of Men

30. Andy Muschietti

Director | Mama

Andy Muschietti is a director and writer, known for Mama (2013), It (2017) and Mamá (2008).

Mama

31. George Ratliff

Director | Joshua

George Ratliff was born on October 11, 1968. He is a director and producer, known for Joshua (2007), Plutonium Circus (1994) and Hell House (2001).

Hell House, Joshua

32. James Ward Byrkit

Director | Coherence

James Ward Byrkit is a director and writer, known for Coherence (2013), Rango (2011) and The Forest (2016).

Coherence

33. Mary Harron

Director | American Psycho

Mary Harron was born on January 12, 1953 in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. She is a director and writer, known for American Psycho (2000), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and The Moth Diaries (2011). She has been married to John Walsh since August 15, 1998. They have two children.

American Psycho

34. David Mackenzie

Director | Perfect Sense

David Mackenzie was born on May 10, 1966 in Scotland. He is a director and writer, known for Perfect Sense (2011), Hell or High Water (2016) and Starred Up (2013).

Young Adam

35. Andrea Arnold

Director | Fish Tank

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for Fish Tank (2009), Red Road (2006) and American Honey (2016).

Red Road, Fish Tank

36. Jeremy Saulnier

Cinematographer | Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier has slyly defined a unique cinematic aesthetic that complements his idiosyncratic narrative premises. His sophomore feature, Blue Ruin (2013) a quirky, crime drama set in a pretty, but grimier part of suburban America was a festival darling and supplanted his name within the ...

Green Room

37. Adam Green

Writer | Frozen

Adam Green is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor known for his success within the horror genre with films like the "Hatchet" franchise, "Frozen," and "Digging Up The Marrow." He is also the creator, writer, director, star, and show runner of the television comedy series "...

Spiral, Hatchet