20 (5) Rising Female Directors You Should Know

It's 2018, but somehow only three women are directing major studio releases this year. And yes, you read that correctly. Indiewire rounded up twenty up-and-coming female directors to check out, five of whom are highlighted here:

Kay Cannon

  • Wrote on all three Pitch Perfect films and directed Blockers, a raunchy comedy with a feminist voice.

  • One of only three women with major studio releases in 2018.

Christina Choe

  • Directed an episode of Queen Sugar this year, and has directed several short films.

  • Made her feature debut with Nancy, which was shown at Sundance and released last week in select theaters.

Nia DaCosta

  • Directed the short film "Night and Day".

  • Won the Nora Ephron Award at Tribeca Film Festival this year for her feature directorial debut, Little Woods.

Karen Gillan

  • Has directed a couple of short films ("Conventional", "Coward").

  • Debuted her well-received first feature The Party's Just Beginning at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Cathy Yan

  • Directed the Sundance-winning drama Dead Pigs.

  • Is now set to direct the Harley Quinn-centric Birds of Prey.


How sad is it that only three women are directing major studio releases this year? Who is your favorite female director, ONTD?