SHOOT® has announced that the 2024 SHOOT New Directors Search is open for entries. This will be SHOOT's 22nd Annual 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. If you have the talent, grab this once a year opportunity to boost your motion picture making career to the next level. SHOOT will be accepting entries until July 31, 2024 Midnight ET. 

SHOOT NDS Site
The SHOOT New Directors Showcase microsite was spun off into its own website last year. While the URL is still NDS.SHOOTONLINE.com to view past Showcases and is still EnterNDS.SHOOTonline.com for NDS Search information, YOU NEED TO REGISTER ON THE NDS SITE in order to enter SHOOT’s 22nd Annual NDS Search. 

HERE's HOW TO ENTER THE SHOOT 2024 NDS SEARCH:

  • Click Here for full information about the NDS Search with link to Registration Page. Once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
  • Click Here if you know all about the NDS Search & want to go directly to Registration Page. Click on far right person icon; once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
  • Click Here for NDS Entrants & Submissions FAQs

The 25-30 Showcase Finalists Will Receive Priceless Worldwide Exposure with in-person event, NDS website with reel & profiles and editorial coverage 
Directors who have been directing professionally less than 3 years may enter the search via SHOOT's official online entry form.  Only work entered via the official form will be considered.  All work is carefully reviewed by SHOOT's editors and after the best work is selected, they will compile the 2024 SHOOT New Directors Showcase Reel. The reel will be screened for an audience of over 400 agency, network and movie studio creative executives & heads of production, as well as production company execs. Finalists' work will be seen by major decision-makers from Madison Avenue's key advertising agencies to Hollywood's top motion picture production companies and studios at SHOOT's 2024 New Directors Showcase Event at the Directors Guild of America's DGA Theatre in New York City in the fall of 2024 (date TBA). 

The New Directors Showcase Event 
This annual industry event kicks off with an afternoon of industry panels delving into the future of production followed by the evening screening of The New Directors Showcase Reel. Following the screening is panel featuring several of the new directors and industry pros.  The evening ends with the after-party. The selected Showcase directors and a guest are invited to attend the New Directors Showcase Event.

  • Click Here to see coverage and videos from the 2023 SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event.
  • Click Here to see coverage and videos from the 2022 SHOOT New Drectors Showcase Event. 
  • Click Here for NDS Event Sponsorship information - provides high-profile industry expsoure before, during and for a full year after the event.

Directors selected for the Showcase will receive high profile editorial exposure before and after the event
Prior to the event SHOOT editors will interview the selected 2024 Showcase directors for a special feature that will appear in SHOOT Magazine's PDF Issue and on SHOOTonline.com® with links to it going out in SHOOT Dailies & SHOOT >e.dition email newsletters, bringing worldwide attention to the work and the directors. SHOOT will also send out a special NDS Directors custom email blast announcing the "NDS Class of 2024".

  • Click Here to see the "Meet the NDS Class of 2022" custom email blast 

More high profile exposure takes place after the event
Coverage of New Directors Showcase event with indepth coverage, photos & panel videos will appear on SHOOTonline to be viewed by over 50,000 unique visitors who are the motion picture industry movers and shakers. Links to the coverage will appear in the SHOOT Dailies and SHOOT>e.dition email newsletters.  And the New Directors Showcase reel, including new director profiles, will be posted on the NDS website for a full year.

  • Click Here to see the SHOOT 2023 Reel
  • Click Here to see the 2023 NDS Directors
  • Click Here to see Coverage of the 2023 SHOOT NDS Event
  • Click Here to see videos of the panels at the 2023 SHOOT NDS Event
  • Click Here to see photos from the 2023 Event
  • Click Here to see the 2022 NDS Directors
  • Click Here to see Coverage of the 2022 SHOOT NDS Event
  • Click Here to see videos of the panels at the 2022 SHOOT NDS Event
  • Click Here to see the SHOOT 2021 New Directors
  • Click Here to see the SHOOT 2020 New Directors
  • Click Here to see the SHOOT 2019 New Directors
  • Click Here for Coverage of the 2019 afternoon panels & speakers
  • Click Here for Coverage of the 2019 SHOOT New Directors Showcase Screening, panel & after-party
  • Click Here for photos from the 2019 Event

Do you -- or someone you know -- have what it takes to be the next hot New Director?
Directors selected for the Showcase typically come from diverse backgrounds. Some first established themselves as DPs, editors or are film students or on the agency side of the business. One bond the directors share is great style and vision, whether it be reflected in comedy, visuals or storytelling.  Directors, their representatives, and even friends can submit work for directors if the director and  submitted work meet the entry requirement listed below and on the entry form.  Excerpts from shorts, long form film or other entertainment fare must be NO MORE than 5 minutes in length. The Entry Deadline is July 31, 2024 Midnight EDT. Entry fee is $95.00 for first piece of work, $40.00 each additional.  (Note: To access the online entry form, the person filling out form will need to register on SHOOT NDS site for free. Payment to be made via credit card on the form.) Click Here for NDS Entrants & Submissions FAQs

The New Directors Search 2024 Entry Criteria
IMPORTANT
: To be eligible to enter...

  1. Directors must be directing any type of advertising or entertainment professionally less than three years (nothing prior to April 2021).
  2. Work entered in the Search MUST have been completed between April 2023 and July 2024.

There are three categories for entries

1. Traditional Broadcast including: television spots, spec work, cinema ads, branded content, music videos, trailers broadcast promos.
2. Alternative Media Content including: webisodes, spots created for online, mobile-phone content, in-game ads, advergaming, virals, alternate reality-gaming ads, ads created for PDAs.
3. Film/TV Entertainment Content including: feature films, independent films, short films, TV programs
 

Enter the SHOOT 2024 New Directors Search until July 31, 2024 Midnight ET

Click Here for full information about the NDS Search with link to the Registration Page. Once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
Click Here if you know all about the NDS Search & want to go directly to Registration Page. Click on the far right person icon to register or sign in to enter the NDS Search.

Directors selected for the Showcase receive enormous career-making exposure! 
Entering SHOOT's New Directors Showcase can be a big step towards being noticed by the companies that represent directors and the advertising agency creatives and commercial & entertainment producers at companies, networks, studios and brands who hire directors.

In addition to most unaffiliated directors finding production company homes/representation after the Showcase each year, many have gone on to direct great work and earn industry honors.

Here's a sampling...

  • Em Weinstein made the 2020 18th Annual New Directors Showcase cut for “In France Michelle Is A Man’s Name,” a short which has since played at AFI Fest and won the Slamdance Film Festival’s 2021 Grand Jury Prize. Weinstein is on the roster of Valiant Pictures.
  • Justyna Obasi--an alum of SHOOT’s 2020 18th Annual New Directors Showcase for Ahoj Brause’s “Jugendelexier” commercial--served as part of a collective of directors behind Meta’s “Skate Nation Ghana” for Droga5 New York, which earned a nomination in 2022 for a primetime commercial Emmy Award. Obasi is repped in the ad arena by Love Song.
  • Crystal Kayiza earned a slot in the 2019 17th Annual New Directors Showcase for the short film “Edgecombe” which screened at Sundance’s Documentary Short competition earlier that year. She returned to Sundance’s docu short lineup in 2020 for “See You Next Time.” Kayiza is handled in the ad arena by production house Little Minx.
  • Charlotte Regan--who earned inclusion in SHOOT’s 2019 17th Annual New Directors Showcase for Wretch 32’s music video, “His & Hers (Perspectives)”--kicked off 2023 with her feature film “Scrapper” winning the Grand Jury Prize in the world cinema dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Regan is repped by Knucklehead for commercials and branded content.
  • Bing Liu earned inclusion into SHOOT’s 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase on the strength of his documentary “Minding the Gap,” which has gone on to win Best Feature at the IDA Documentary Awards and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards®. “Minding the Gap” tells the story of three young men—including Liu himself—who bond with one another via skateboarding to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. However as they grow up and adult responsibilities take hold, unexpected revelations jeopardize their decade-long friendship. Liu is repped by Nonfiction Unlimited for spots and branded content.
  • Jenna Laurenzo, who made the cut for the 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase on the basis of “Lez Bomb,” has seen that film win the Jury Award for Best Feature at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. “Lez Bomb” was also an official selection at NewFest and the Frameline and Woodstock film festivals. “Lez Bomb” features an ensemble cast which includes Oscar winner Cloris Leachman, Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Kevin Kane, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollak, Elaine Hendrix, Brandon Micheal Hall and Rob Moran.
  • A.V. Rockwell--an alum of the 2017 15th Annual New Directors Showcase for her short film titled “The Gospel”--earned marquee distinction at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, taking the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. dramatic competition for the feature “A Thousand and One” (which was released theatrically in April 2023 via Focus Features). Rockwell is repped by Somesuch for commercials and branded content in the U.K.
  • Floyd Russ, an alum of the 2016 14th Annual New Directors Showcase, saw his documentary “Zion” win Best Short distinction at the 2018 IDA Documentary Awards. The film introduced audiences to Zion Clark, a young wrestler who was born without legs. Growing up in foster care, Clark struggled with fitting in his whole life—until he finds the sport of wrestling, a passion which he pursues, pushing himself to great lengths. “Zion” went on to make the shortlist (one of 10 films) in the running for the Documentary Short Subject Oscar. Russ is handled by Tool of North America for commercials and branded content.
  • Directors Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, 2016 14th Annual New Directors Showcase alumni based on their “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” saw that documentary win the Audience Award at the Bentonville Film Festival and the Judges Choice Award for Best Documentary at the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. Pioneering animator and artist Norman was the first African American to be hired by Walt Disney’s legendary animation department back in 1956. He moved up the ranks at the studio and became one of only a dozen artists over the years hand-picked by Walt Disney to work alongside him in the story department.
  • Romina Schwedler, a 2014 12th Annual New Directors Showcase alum, scored on the 2018 festival circuit as her short film, the psychological drama “The Visit”--starring Sean Maher and June Squibb (a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® nominee for “Nebraska”)--won the Millie Award for Best Director at The Milledgeville + Eatonton Film Festival. "The Visit" also won the U.S. Short Film Award Of Excellence at the Catalina Film Festival and received the Juried Short Film Competition Audience Award at the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.
  • SHOOT’s 2012 10th Annual New Directors Showcase included the directorial trio Everynone. Two-thirds of that threesome--Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer, aka the Hoffman/Metoyer duo of MJZ--earned a DGA Award commercials nomination in 2018. The third member of Everynone, Daniel Mercadante, went on to team with Katina Mercadante to form The Mercadantes, a duo which earned a DGA commercials nomination in 2015. The Mercadantes are now with Park Pictures.
  • 2010 8th Annual New Directors Showcase alum Hiro Murai has gone on to be a five-time Emmy Award nominee--four of the nods coming for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2017 and ‘18 as exec producer on “Atlanta,” and one in 2018 and another in 2022 for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Seriesfor “Atlanta.” The remaining nomination came in 2022 for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series for an episode of "Station Eleven."
  • Eddie Alcazar--an alum of SHOOT's 2012 10th Annual New Directors Showcase for an Everlast spec spot--saw his feature "Divinity" selected for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Next lineup for visionary work.
  • On rare occasion, a director earns major accolades before gaining inclusion into the Showcase. Ellen Kuras, who first established herself as an acclaimed cinematographer (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and most recently the Spike Lee-directed “David Byrne’s American Utopia”) made her directorial debut with “Nerakhoon” (the Lao word for “Betrayal”), which in 2009 scored Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominations for best documentary. A year later she garnered her first representation as a commercial director and was selected for SHOOT’s 2010 8th Annual New Directors Showcase. Now Kuras is at The Corner Shop for spots and branded content while continuing her work in features and television; on the latter score her recent directorial credits include episodes of “Catch-22.” “Brave New World,” “The Son,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “Ozark.” Last month she became the first woman to receive the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • In 2010, Ross Katz won the DGA Award for outstanding achievement in movies for TV/miniseries on the strength of his HBO film "Taking Chance," the same film which garnered him inclusion in SHOOT's 2009 7th Annual New Directors Showcase.  
  • Keith Schofield earned inclusion into SHOOT's 2008 6th Annual Showcase. Four years later, his "The Bark Side" for Volkswagen out of Deutsch LA garnered a primetime commercial Emmy nomination. Schofield is with Caviar Content.
  • Also in that 2008 6th Annual Showcase was Keith Bearden. Two years later he saw his feature film directing debut, "Meet Monica Velour," make its worldwide premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Meet Monica Velour" was one of just 14 films chosen for Tribeca's Encounters section, offering original movies that reflect pop culture and contemporary issues.
  • Another 2008 6th Annual Showcase helmer was Harold Einstein of Station who shortly thereafter saw three Crest toothpaste spots he directed for Saatchi NY earn a Gold Lion in the Campaign category at Cannes. Harold launched his own production company, Dummy.  
  • Pete Circuitt, another 2008 6th Annual Showcase inductee, went on to direct CBS-TV's half-hour primetime Xmas special "Yes Virginia" for Macy's and JWT NY, which ended up winning a One Show Entertainment Awards Gold Pencil.
  • Earning a slot in the 2006 4th Annual New Directors Showcase was the Terri Timely duo (Corey Creasey and Ian Kibbey), now with Park Pictures. Terri Timely directed Geico's "Unskippable: Family" pre-roll ad which in 2015 garnered The Martin Agency its first ever Cannes Grand Prix honor.
  • Joseph Kosinski--who made his initial industry splash with a spec commercial for Apple titled “iSpec, earning him a place in SHOOT’s 2005 3rd Annual New Directors Showcase-- has gone on to score assorted honors on the spot and feature fronts, the latter including a DGA Award nomination this year for the blockbuster hit “Top Gun: Maverick,” which was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. "Top Gun: Maverick" won the Oscar for Best Sound.  Kosinski continues to be repped in the commercialmaking space by RESET, the production company launched by David Fincher and Dave Morrison.
  • The 2005 3rd Annual New Directors Showcase also included director David Gray--at the time was a noted agency creative who had signed with Hungry Man to pursue a full-time directing career. Two years later, while still at Hungry Man, David was at the DGA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles as a nominee for Best Commercial Director of 2006. David is now with Supply&Demand.
  • Matt Ogens, an alum of the 2005 3rd Annual New Directors Showcase, earned his first career Oscar nomination--in the Best Documentary Short Subject category--for “Audible” (Netflix). Ogens is with production house m ss ng p eces for commercials and branded content. The Oscar nod is added to assorted other accolades for Ogens who won a primetime Emmy Award for his ESPN “30 for 30” piece, “From Harlem With Love,” about the famed basketball Globetrotters. He created and exec produced the two-time Sports Emmy-nominated documentary series “Why We Fight.” Ogens also has to his credit the News & Documentary Emmy-nominated “La Louvre,” an augmented reality film for RYOT and Huffington Post, and two films for the “UFC 25 Years In Short” series which was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award and won a Clio. His feature film “Home + Away,” which follows high school athletes living on the U.S./Mexico border, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
  • SHOOT’s 2nd Annual New Directors Showcase in 2004 included Elliott Lester who has gone on to an accomplished career, including helming HBO’s telefilm “Nightingale,” a one-character drama starring David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden, an emotionally damaged war veteran whose life unravels before us. "Nightingale" is an HBO Films presentation in association with Brad Pitts’ Plan B Entertainment. 
  • The 2004 2nd Annual Showcase also included Ted Melfi on the strength of "Pizza Guys," a MTV spec spot he directed. Melfi has since gone on to establish himself in commercials and as a feature filmmaker, making his theatrical movie debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with the tug-at-the-heartstrings comedy "St. Vincent." His second film, the acclaimed 2016 "Hidden Figures," earned three Oscar nominations, including two for director/producer/co-writer Melfi--Best Motion Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Melfi is a founding partner of production house brother, which he teamed with executive producer Rich Carter to launch in 2014.

Enter the SHOOT 2024 SHOOT New Directors Search through July 31, 2024 Midnight ET. 

  • Click Here for full information about the NDS Search with link to Registration Page. Once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
  • Click Here if you know all about the NDS Search & want to go directly to Registration Page. Click on far right person icon to register/sign in to enter the NDS Search.

Each and every year since its inception, SHOOT's New Directors Showcase Delivers.
Here's a look at what some past SHOOT New Directors Showcase directors have said about their New Directors Showcase experience...

Khalid Sena, 2021 New Director “Being chosen to be a part of the SHOOT 2021 New Directors Showcase, has given me a strong chance and opportunity to be seen and heard. Especially after having worked this great event for several years when I was a PA and then to be featured in the 2021 edition has been nothing short of a dream. I am thankful for Roberta and the whole crew at SHOOT. They care about giving new filmmakers a chance to shine and it’s an opportunity I won’t forget.”  (Note: Due to the pandemic, SHOOT did not hold the 2021 Showcase Event so sadly the selected directors missed out on the great in-person experience.  SHOOT heavily promoted the Showcase to the industry to bring attention to the directors and was happy to speak to and offer advice to all who contacted us.)

Foley Ellis Ibidapo, 2020 New Director "Being a part of the SHOOT 2020 New Directors Showcase was a fantastic experience for me. It validated my work and put me in rooms that I wasn't invited to a year earlier. Not only that, I really like Roberta (Editorial Director at SHOOT)! She created a warm and supportive environment for a newbie like myself and explained how to navigate the business side of the commercial space.”  (Note: Due to the pandemic, SHOOT had to cancel the 2020 Showcase Event so sadly the selected directors missed out on the great in-person experience.  SHOOT heavily promoted the Showcase to the industry to bring attention to the directors and was happy to speak to and offer advice to all who contacted us.)

RAY SISTERS, 2019 New Co-Directors "The industry keeps a keen eye on the SHOOT New Directors Showcase. Production companies know to trust its selection of directors as a litmus test of fresh and exciting new talent. It signals that you’re Ones to Watch, and is a stamp of legitimacy to your work.  Having the DGA as hosts, industry veterans on the panels, and high-caliber sponsors all add a level of professionalism and prestige to the showcase."

Zack Grant, 2019 New Director "As an established agency producer, the SHOOT New Directors Showcase was an amazing opportunity to introduce myself as a director and independent filmmaker to my peers in the commercial world.  Screening my deeply personal documentary at the DGA Theatre – amongst the work of a class of incredibly talented and diverse filmmakers – was a humbling experience and a true honor. The showcase also provides a wonderful forum to get to know the next generation of directorial talent. I am inspired by my new peers and look forward to tracking their accomplishments for years to come." 

Tamika Miller, 2019 New Director, “It was such a great honor to be included in the SHOOT New Directors Showcase. The exposure I received from having my commercial work screen at the Director’s Guild in New York, as well as participating in a panel discussion alongside other directors and commercial executives were invaluable.  This recognition garnered me attention from commercial sales reps, production company owners and executive producers alike.  What a wonderful platform to be seen as a creative!"

Brett Warkentien, 2018 New Director "To be included in the SHOOT 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase was an incredible honor and has unlocked a tremendous amount of opportunities for me. The association that comes with such a prestigious award at the beginning of your career is unparalleled. I am grateful for the recognition and look forward to seeing the next class of directors.” 

Erica Eng, 2018 New Director "Being a part of SHOOT Magazine's 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase was such a dream come true for me. I've followed the careers of past accepted directors, and I'm honored to be among such an esteemed group of talent."  

Brad Raider, 2018 New Director “It was such an honor to return to NYC and be included with my fellow directors at the 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase — I was truly blown away by my colleagues’ talents.  I was also asked to be a part of the directors’ panel and it was a thrill to contribute to that dialogue. I’m really proud to be a part of the SHOOT family .” 

Jenn Shaw, 2017 New Director “The SHOOT New Director’s Showcase offers directors a platform to be championed. It was incredible to be awarded the opportunity to stand-out amongst my talented colleagues and participate as a fresh new visionary within the industry. I’ve could have never imagined the doors that the showcase would open and am forever grateful to have SHOOT in my corner as my career continues to flourish."

Kiran Koshy, 2017 New Director "The SHOOT New Directors Showcase is an essential curatorial filter in the very saturated world of aspiring directors, and a sign that you’re not a hack headed in the wrong direction. Being a part of it changed my life, and validated all my efforts. I received the email about my inclusion on my birthday, prompting me to throw caution to the wind and eat another slice of cake."

Jendra Jarnagin, 2017 New Director, Floating Camera, "As a cinematographer for the past 20 years, I have attended the SHOOT NDS as one of my favorite industry events every year, and have had several projects I shot be featured in the showcase over the years.  So to be selected and take the stage at the DGA as a New Director was a dream come true.  It was great exposure that has garnered a lot of interest in me and where my career is headed, and opened the door to new relationships with several new production companies."

Michael Fiore, 2016 New Director, Michael Fiore Films  "The SHOOT New Directors Showcase celebrates the on-going evolution in visual storytelling, in both the short and long forms.  I can't think of any other event where a curated selection of top commercials, documentaries, and narrative movies from around the world collide on the big screen.  To have one's work selected for the DGA-staged event is a major stamp of approval.  Directors are introduced to top commercial reps and agencies, among other production entities.  To have been selected as a New Director for my work on "Floyd Norman:  An Animated Life" was an absolute honor that also injected the documentary with early PR buzz."

Sonejuhi Sinha, 2016 New Director "The SHOOT New Directors Showcase offers so much more than just validation of directorial talent. It was great exposure to showcase our work. The work is so inspiring, and so diverse. I loved meeting the various directors in the showcase. I can't think of another showcase reel that can match its broad range in subject matter, style, approach and tone."

Joe Pernice, 2015 New Director "SHOOT has created an amazing platform to showcase the work of some of the world's most talented emerging directors and it was an honor to be included in SHOOT'S 2015 New Director's Showcase. As an up and coming director, working both in commercial and features, SHOOT provided me with an extraordinary opportunity to share my work with leading industry professionals. This opportunity extended from an amazing night hosted at the DGA theater to continued press after the event. I am honored to be named one of SHOOT's New Directors as it is a title that does not get overlooked by the industry."

Erin Li, 2015 New Director "Having previously directed independent films, the SHOOT New Directors Showcase provided a rare opportunity to introduce my work to key players in the commercial world. SHOOT’s stamp of approval helped me to connect with production companies, agencies, and directors reps, and I’m excited to say that I’ve since been hired for several directing assignments.”

Aaron Kodz, 2014 New Director  "The SHOOT New Directors Showcase was a phenomenal opportunity, and has been a huge force in launching my career. It opened doors to me with some of the best production houses, agencies, and creatives in the industry, and did an amazing job of bringing all these people together under one roof. The panel speakers were amazing, giving their insight into the rapidly changing nature of the advertising and entertainment world. It's a refreshing, inspiring look into the next wave of filmmakers that I'm honored to be a part of."

Michele Atkins, 2013 New Director, Kaboom Productions "SHOOT Magazine provided me with a fabulous platform in the New Directors Showcase to show my work. The event itself had inspiring speakers with wonderful insight on their particular expertise in the filmmaking world. It's a terrific way to meet a significant amount of talented people all under one roof who give their time in a thoughtful manner."

Martin Rodahl, 2012 New Director, 71 Degrees North "The SHOOT New Directors Showcase offers so much more than just validation of directorial talent. I met some incredible industry professionals...the whole place is buzzing, the work is so inspiring, and you walk away feeling like a major milestone has been reached. What surprised me the most was the variety of directors--male, female, international, American, young, and old. The same goes for the work. I can't think of another showcase reel that can match its broad range in cinematography, subject matter, and tone."

Elizabeth Orne, 2011 New Director, Freelance "Being included in the SHOOT New Director Showcase was absolutely brilliant for me, as it tempted the smart people I did not know, but desperately wanted to see my film, into watching it! As a result, I met many of the owners and execs of the production companies I admire."

Varda Bar-kar, 2010 New Director "It was quite an honor to be selected to participate in the 2010 SHOOT New Directors Showcase. I am especially humbled to join the ranks of the super creative and innovative directors with whom I share this special honor. Being selected for the showcase affirmed for me the value of my determined effort to create work that's not just "good enough", but better than anyone imagined. Thanks for the shot in the arm, SHOOT!" 

Kevin Kerwin, 2009 New Director, Authentic Films "Being included in SHOOT's New Directors Showcase is one of those great touchstones. Besides the breadth of industry exposure only SHOOT can provide, it provides a very real increase in offers for work as well as the validation that you're doing something right. I will always count it as a big moment in my career."

Harold Einstein, 2008 New Director, Dummy "There are many wonderful phone calls one can receive in life. But I have to say, few feel as good as, 'Hello, you've just been included in SHOOT's New Directors Showcase.' Like the chicken and the egg, I'm still not sure which came first: getting to direct good scripts or getting into SHOOT's New Directors Showcase."

Jason & Matt Docter, 2008 New Directors, DOCTER TWINS As directors, we are continually inspired by the imagination of our peers. SHOOT Magazine does a fantastic job of filling our brains with the most exciting, creative ideas of the day and it's New Director's Showcase is no exception. We were thrilled and honored to be included in such a highly talented event. It was almost like telling our Grandmother we had won an Academy Award... or two."

Nir Bashan, 2007 New Director "I have read SHOOT magazine for many years, and being included in the 2007 New Director's Showcase was truly an honor. SHOOT consistently has an eye out on fresh and exciting new talent, and this showcase does not disappoint. It is one of the finest new talent presentations in our business." 

Harry Cocciolo, 2005 New Director, Bob Industries "It's always invigorating to see new work and exchange ideas. The showcase is an ideal opportunity for new directors, industry leaders and agency producers to come together for the first time."

  • Click Here for full information about the NDS Search with link to Registration Page. Once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
  • Click Here if you know all about the NDS Search & want to go directly to Registration Page. Click on far right person icon to register/sign in to enter the NDS Search.

Become a Sponsor or Supporter of the 2024 22nd Annual SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event
Your company will receive enormous promotion value prior to, during and for a full year after the event in ads, online promotion, event invitations, press releases, programs, signage & on screen credits at the DGA Theater, articles and the New Directors Showcase web reel.

  • 2023 Event Sponsors: Directors Guild of America, harvest, Krankfurth Kurnit, The-Artery, Universal Production Services. NDS Supporters: charlieuniformtango, Commercial directing film school
  • 2022 Event Sponsors:  Directors Guild of America, harvest, Krankfurth Kurnit, The-Artery. NDS Supporters: charlieuniformtango, Commercial directing film school, Community Films, Hound, The Team Companies + CAPS
  • 2020 & 2021 NDS Supporters: Due to the pandemic we were unable to hold the annual NDS Event at the DGA in NYC in 2020 or 2021- we appreciate the companies who stepped up to be a SHOOT NDS Supporter including, Directors Guild of America, harvest, Commercial Directing Film School, x4y.com, Chelsea, Partizan, charlieuniformtango, Universal Studios, golden, Cap Gun Collective
  • 2019 Event Sponsors: Directors Guild of America, charlieuniformtango, Frankfurt Kurnit, Gartner, McCann Worldgroup, The-Artery, The Devil You Know
  • 2018 Event sponsors: Directors Guild of America, charlieuniformtango, Frankfurt Kurnit, McCann Worldgroup, Jordan Brady's Commercial Directing Bootcamp, The Mill, Superlounge 
  • 2017 Event Sponsors: Directors Guild of America, Company 3, Madison + Vine, Frankfurt Kurnit, YouTube Red, brother, Company Films, Montana Film Office and MediaVision
  • 2016 Event Sponsors:  Directors Guild of America, harvest films, Company 3, Gartner, The Devil You Know, Frankfurt Kurnit and the Palace Production Center
  • Other Past Sponsors: Anonymous Content, Argyle Bros., ARRI, Backyard Productions, Biscuit Filmworks, Crossroads, CT Film Office, Deluxe Entertainment Services, Eastman Kodak, FilmUS Virgin Islands, Form, Getty Images, Hungry Man, Light Iron, Method Studios, Moxie Pictures, Nevada Film Office, OneatOptimus, RSA Films, Sony, T3Media, Tool of NA, West VA Film Office.

With a sponsor level for every budget we please consider joing us in 2024! 
For info please Click Here or contact SHOOT Publisher Roberta Griefer at 203-227-1699 x701 or via email

About The Annual SHOOT New Director Search 
To discover and showcase the next generation of filmmaking talent, each year for the past 22 years, 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.  Entries can be in any of three categories of motion pictures directing. Criteria for entry is directing any type of advertising or entertainment content professionally less than 3 years.
Categories of entry include:

  • Traditional Broadcast: TV Spots, spec work, cinema ads, branded content, music videos, trailers, broadcast promos
  • Alternative media content: webisodes, spots created for online, mobile phone content, in-game advertising, advergaming, virals, alternative reality gaming, ads created for PDAs
  • Film/TV Entertainment: Feature films, independent films, short films, TV programs.

For more information about the SHOOT Annual New Directors Search, open until July 31, 2024 Midnight ET, and official Entry Form, please visit: 

  • Click Here for full information about the NDS Search with link to Registration Page. Once registered, log in and you'll be able to enter the NDS Search.
  • Click Here if you know all about the NDS Search & want to go directly to Registration Page. Click on far right person icon to register/log in to enter the NDS Search.

About The SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event
The debut Screening of the 2024 New Directors Showcase Reel will take place at the 2024 SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event at the DGA in NYC in the fall of 2024 (Date TBA) The recognized Showcase work spans varied disciplines from TV commercials to shorts, music videos, spec spots, excerpts from feature films, cinema ads, branded entertainment and webisode fare. It’s a body of work that like in past Showcase years figures to make an impact on the advertising and entertainment marketplaces. To view last year's NDS reel visit https://nds.SHOOTonline.com
An annual tradition at the event is to ask all the new directors from the Showcase in attendance to individually stand and then have several four of the new directors and two industry pros join us on stage for the "Meet the New Directors" panel.  We hear from the directors about their work and goals.  Prior to the screening are several panels where we hear from industry pros about working with directors and  the opportunities and challenges for new directors today. Following the evening New Directors panel is the annual After-party.  

  • Click Here to see coverage and videos from the 2023 SHOOT New Drectors Showcase Event.
  • Click Here to see coverage and videos from the 2022 SHOOT New Drectors Showcase Event.

Here's a look at just some of the companies who attended some of the past NDS Showcase events at the DGA in New York City including titles such as CEOs, vice presidents, broadcast & content managers, network executive and agency producers, creative directors, entrepreners, directors, editors, VFX artists, music editors, copywriters, actors, and other motion picture industry managers &  talents.

360i
5 ENTERTAINMENT
A:D TALENT MANAGEMENT
ABC
ADOBE
ADOLESCENT CONTENT
AFTERSHOCK DIGITAL
AICE
AICP
ALKEMY X
ALREADY ALIVE
AMERICAN EXPRESS
ANALOGUE MUSE
ANARCHY INTERNATIONAL
ANCHOR EDITORIAL
ANIMATICMEDIA
ANOMALY
ANU ENTERTAINMENT
ARC9
ARNOLD
ARNOLD NYC
ARRI
ARRI RENTAL
ARTS & SCIENCES
ASBURY SHORTS USA
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY & MACGUFFIN FILMS
ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCERS
BANG NY
BARRIE ISAACSON MANAGEMENT
BBDO
BEING ME PRODUCTIONS
BELMONDO PICTURES - THE GOODS PRODUCTIONS
BEN DOLPHIN PRODUCTIONS
BERGER PRODUCTIONS
BEYONDNICE PRODUCTIONS
BIG PICTURE MEDIA
BIRD BONETTE STAUDERMAN
BLEND IMAGES
BLONDE + CO
BLOOMBERG LP
BLUE BARN PICTURES, INC.
BLUEROCK
BODEGA STUDIOS
BROKENTOY
BT FILMS
CALVIN KLEIN
CAPS PAYROLL
CAROLYNREPS
CAUSE & EFFECT
CBS
CCM CREATIVE MGT
CENA ENTERTAINMENT
CHARLIE UNIFORM TANGO
CHELSEA PICTURES
CHESHER CAT PRODUCTIONS
CINEMA UNION
CLICK 3X
CLP INC.
COMBE, INC.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE PROD'S
COMMUNITY FILMS
COMPANY 3
COMPLETE PRODUCTION GROUP
COOLEY LLP
COOPERBEY ASSOCIATES LLC
CORBIS ENTERTAINMENT
CREATIVE MIXING
CREW CUTS
CROWNED KINGS PRODUCTION
CULTIVATE.MEDIA
CUTTER PRODUCTIONS
CUTTERS STUDIOS
D-SQUARED MEDIA NYC
DEEDS NOT WORDS, LLC
DELLA FEMINA
DELUXE ENTERTAINMENT
DERBY CONTENT
DEUTSCH
DIGITAS HEALTH
DIGO
DIMENSION FX
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA
DON'T PANIC PRODUCTIONS
DONNA MCKENNA PRODUCTIONS
DOUBLE E COMMUNICATIONS
DRIVE ELEVEN
DROGA5
ECB FILMS
EJR PRODUCTIONS
EPIDEMIC SOUND
ERICA PALGON CASTING & BEYOND
EXECUTIVE CASTING AND PROD.
EYE CANDY EDIT
EZELL MEDIA
FANCY CONTENT
FCB
FIGMENTS
FINAL CUT
FINNEGANS WAKE FILMS
FIRST LOOKS ADVERTISING
FLYING WOMAN PRODUCTIONS
FORTUNA ENTERTAINMENT
FOUND OBJECTS
FRAMEPOOL STOCK FOOTAGE
FRAMESTORE
FRANKFURT KURNIT
GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL
GARDNER NELSON + PARTNERS
GARTNER
GET KINETIC
GGPR & SOCIAL
GIRALDI MEDIA
GKIERNAN CREATIVE
GLUCKSTERN FILMS, LLC
GO EAST FILMS
GOOD ENGINE MEDIA
GOODSTORY FILMS
GOOGLE
GREENCARD PICTURES
GREENER MEDIA
GREENLIGHT

GREY
GROOVE GUILD
GUM STUDIOS
HAPPY UNITED
HARDTRYER ENT.

harvest
HBO
HEARD CITY
HELLO TOMORROW
HELO
HIDEOKI PRODUCTIONS LTD
HOMESTEAD
HONOR SOCIETY
HUMBLE TV
HUNGRY MAN
HUNT&GATHER
HUSTLE
HYBRID EDIT
IAN LONDON PRODUCTIONS
ICROSSING
INCENSED MEDIA
INDUSTRIAL COLOR
INTL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD
J. WALTER THOMPSON
JENNIFER AJEMIAN CASTING
JG PRODUCTIONS, LLC
JUICE MEDIA
JUMP
JWT
KIDS AT PLAY MEDIA
KNOCK IT OUT MUSIC
KORNWOLF LTD
KRANKY KONTENT / TENT CONTENT
LAIR
LEGS MEDIA // MILK STUDIOS
LEW & CO
LIBERAL MEDIAL FILMS
LIGHT IRON
LINDA MCALISTER TALENT
LITTLE RED ROBOT
LIVELY GROUP
LIZ LEWIS CASTING PARTNERS
LOCAL 600
LOGICAL CHAOS
LOREN SMITH.TV
LORI BENSON & CO
LOTUS FILMS
LOXLEY PICTURES
LUX CONTENT
LYONS TRAIL COMMUNICATIONS
M SS NG P ECES
MACGUFFIN FILMS
MAD MONK
MAKE TV PRODUCTIONS
MARCATO INC.
MARINEO PICTURES
MARRO ASSOCIATES/SMP
MATADOR INC
MAVEN LABEL
MAX EDIT / MICHAEL HOERNER
MELLOW ELEVEN PRODUCTIONS
MERKLEY & PARTNERS
METHOD STUDIOS
MICAH3
MICHAEL FIORE FILMS
MINERVA CONTENT
MINO PICTURES, INC.
MIRSKY REPS
MIRTH ENTERPRISES
MISS SMITH
MJZ
MOHAWK VISUALS
MOTHER WEST
MULLENLOWE
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
NAPOLEON GROUP
NBC SPORTS
NBCUNIVERSAL
NEED FINANCIAL SERVICES
NETAPR
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
NICE LITTLE PICTURE
NICE SHOES
NICKELODEON
NICKELODEON CREATIVE ADV.
NLP PRODUCTIONS
NOMADA FILMS
NORTH END PICTURES
NORTH OF NEW YORK
NORTHERN LIGHTS
NYC.LOCATIONSCOUT.US
NYLON MEDIA
NYPRODUCER
NYU GRADUATE FILM PROGRAM
OGILVY & MATHER
OGILVY NY
ORKAILA PRODUCTIONS
PAI HOLDINGS - BAD MEDIA PROD.
PALACE PRODUCTIONS
PANAVISION
PARAMOUNT
PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT INC.
PEREZ BROS
PETER SANG COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.
PLAN B
POLLOCK SPARK
POP FILM INC.
POP SOUND
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA
PUBLICIS HEALTHCARE
PUBLICIS KAPLAN THALER
 

PULSE MUSIC
PUBLICIS HEALTHCARE
PUBLICIS KAPLAN THALER
PULSE MUSICPURE GROWTH
QUIETMAN
QURIOSITY PRODUCTIONS
QVC
R/GA
RABBIT
RADIOAKTIVE FILM
RED ZEPPELIN PROD'S
REVEAL
REVEAL 42, INC.
RICARDO CAUSO PROD'S
RIGHT WORD MEDIA
RMG
ROCKAWAY PRODUCTIONS
ROY EATON MUSIC
RUTH A. GUTMAN PROD'S
SAATCHI & SAATCHI
SAATCHI NY
SAG-AFTRA
SAINT JAMES STUDIOS
SANCTUARY
SANCTUARY CONTENT
SAPIENTNITRO
SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY
SASS MEDIA
SAVAGE
SCHAFFERROGERS
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
SHADOWFISHER PRODUCTIONS
SHOOT FIRST ENTERTAINMENT
SICMANTA
SILBERMAN PRODUCTIONS
SILVER SPOON
SIRK PRODUCTIONS
SKY OVER PRODUCTIONS LLC
SKYFRAME PICTURES
SKYLIGHT PRODUCTIONS
SLIM PICTURES
SMOKE & MIRRORS
SNAPSONIC
SOLANO MEDIA
SONIC UNION
SONY
SONY ELECTRONICS
SOUL WAVE PRODUCTIONS
SOUTHEAST PROD. SERVICES
SOUTHWEST PRODUCTIONS
SPECTACLE
SPITFIRE FILMS
SPONTANEOUS/SCARLETT
SPY FILMS
STINK
STRIKE MEDIA
SUFFOLK COUNTY FILM COMM.
SUIRAD PRODUCTIONS
SUNFLOWER ENTERTAINMENT
SUPERPOWERS
SUPERPOWERS NYC
SYNCRO SERVICES, INC.
SYNTHETIC PICTURES
TABLE OF CONTENT
TAYLOR JAMES
TBWA
TBWA/CHIAT/DAY
THE BEACH
THE COLONY
THE DRAFTING BOARD
THE EMMER GROUP
THE EMMER GROUP
THE FIELD
THE FIRCHOW COMPANY
THE IHA INC.
THE IN-HOUSE AGENCY INC.
THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO
THE MILL
THE MOLECULE
THE ORCHARD
THE RICHARDS GROUP
THE SHED
THE SHED MEDIA LLC
THE STUDIO
THE TEAM COMPANIES
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
THEBRIDGE.CO
THEORY FILMS
TIERNEY
TINYGIANT
TOKYOPOP
Tool of North America
TOWN & COUNTRY CREATIVE..
TRANSLATION
TRAVELING PICTURE SHOW
UNAFILLIATED
UNCLE LEFTY
UNITED NATIONS
UNLEADED MUSIC
UPRISING CREATIVE
VISSION
VOYAGER
WALTER PICTURES
WARNER BROTHERS
WASHINGTON SQUARE FILMS
WATER INTO WINE
WE FLY COACH
WEBER SHANDWICK
WIEDEN + KENNEDY
WONDER BOY AUDIO
XY CONTENT
Y&R
ZIASCOPE

 

 

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