SHOOT Unveils 2019 New Directors Showcase Lineup
32 solo filmmakers, 2 duos make the final cut; DGA screening event set for May 30
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SHOOT Magazine has revealed the names of the 32 individual directors and two directing duos who made the final cut to be included in the SHOOT 2019 17th Annual New Directors Showcase.

The debut screening of the Showcase Reel will take place during SHOOT’s Annual New Directors Showcase Event on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-9:30pm at the DGA Theatre in New York City.  A special “Meet the Directors” panel and After-Party will follow the Screening.  Several panels will take place in the afternoon before the SHOOT New Directors Showcase screening. 

See event information (final schedule to be posted by May 17th) and Register For Your Ticket here.

The SHOOT 2019 17th Annual New Directors Showcase includes the following directors:

  • Jess Coulter
  • Caitlin Cronenberg
  • Lisa D’Apolito
  • Mary Dauterman
  • Bernd Faass
  • David Findlay
  • Jonny Gentry
  • Zack Grant
  • Brian Hall
  • Rachel Annette Helson 
  • Alexandra Henry
  • Mackenzie Hilton
  • Jose Ho-Guanipa
  • Crystal Kayiza
  • Emmett Kerr-Perkinson
  • Ji Hyun Kim
  • Nadav Kurtz
  • Monty Marsh
  • Jonny Mass
  • Michael Medoway
  • Tamika Miller
  • Andre Muir
  • Jamieson Mulholland
  • Katie O’Grady
  • Jane Qian
  • RAY SISTERS (Austin and Westin Ray)
  • Charlotte Regan
  • Alfredo Rodriguez-Allen
  • Samantha Scaffidi
  • Cuba Tornado Scott
  • Dylan Trussell & David Dinetz
  • Dimitri Tsvetkov
  • Mikael Tyrsen
  • Jake Zalutsky

As is the tradition, company affiliations and selected work are being kept under wraps until SHOOT’s May/June Issue is published on May 24.  Suffice it to say that this year’s NDS Class of 2019 is a fantastically diverse group of directors including recent film school grads, agency creatives, experienced cinematographers, photographers and editing talent, and other artisans who are making the transition to director. There are commercials, spec spots, shorts, documentaries, features, promos, music videos and branded content reflected in the reel.  There’s nearly a 50/50 split with 19 male and 17 female directors; 18 have production company affiliations and 18 are currently unaffiliated. 

Each year the mix of work on the SHOOT New Directors Showcase Reel is a reflection of the industry at large--as is SHOOT itself as exemplified by its multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, multi-platform coverage, perhaps most notably the Directors Issues in which  profiles of feature, TV and commercial directors reside side by side.  As embodied in our coverage and underscoring the relevance of our NDS competition and event, SHOOT’s mission is to connect the worlds of advertising and entertainment while also bringing content creators together with the collaborators who can hire them.  On May 31, the day after the debut screening of this year’s reel, SHOOT’s New Directors Showcase website will go live where the industry will be able to view the NDS Reel along with individual profile pages on each director with headshot, video of selected work, additional Q&As, and contact information. 

Confirmed 2019 Event Sponsors include:

Attend the SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event on May 30 at the DGA in NYC. Come to the DGA, See The Showcase Reel, Meet The Class of 2019, and enjoy the reception after. Click Here to register to attend the SHOOT 17th Annual New Directors Showcase Event. Join directors, producers, cinematographers, Ad Agency Creative & Production execs, network executives, editors, VFX artists, music editors & other motion picture industry execs & artisans. Register today for a ticket here: (tickets are free of charge to qualified industry members)

About The New Directors Search / Showcase Reel...
Each year SHOOT conducts a worldwide search to discover the best up-and-coming directors who, based on their initial work, show promise to soon make major positive contributions to advertising and/or entertainment in its traditional and emerging forms. This year’s search was conducted from January 15-March 31, 2019. Criteria for entry is directing any type of advertising or entertainment content professionally less than 3 years and submitted work must have been produced between January 2018 and March 2019.

For more information see the NDS SHOOT Publicity Release 


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