Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini

At the film festivals so far this year we have seen plenty of excitement surrounding the work of female filmmakers.

And that excitement looks set to continue throughout the rest of 2013 as there are some fantastically talented women at the helm of some of the most anticipated films.

So we take a look at some of the female filmmakers that you should be keeping an eye out for this year.

- Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini made her directorial debut back in 2009 when she helmed Tanner Hall but now she is back with Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes.

Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year and was also screened at Sundance London.

Gregorini has also penned the screenplay to the indie drama/thriller as she has brought together a great cast.

Kaya Scodelario continues to make a name for herself as she take on the central role of Emanuel while Jessica Biel is also on board - this is not the type of movie or role that you expect to see the A-lister star in.

Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes has been whipping up a storm on the festival circuit and it is set to show of Gregorini at her very best. Fingers crossed we will be seeing more of her over the next couple of years.

- Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola became only the third woman in history to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar when she made her breakthrough with Lost In Translation.

This summer sees her return to the director's chair with her new film The Bling Ring; which is only her fifth movie.

The Bling Ring played at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend and brings the true story of a group of fame obsessed teenagers who rob the home of the rich and famous.

Coppola has also penned the screenplay for the film while Emma Watson and Katie Chang are just two of the names aboard the project.

Coppola is one of the most exciting directors of her generation as she works sporadically and yet always delivers something special.

- Kimberly Peirce

Carrie is one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2013 and marks the return to the director's chair for Kimberly Peirce.

Peirce grabbed everyone's attention with Boys Don't Cry but Carrie is her first film since Stop-Loss as well as being her first foray into the horror genre.

Carrie is a big screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name and will see Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore star.

There is already a lot of excitement surrounding this movie as the early trailers have promised much. This could well be the movie that puts Peirce back on the map.

- Ana Piterbarg

Ana Piterbarg is back in the director's chair next week with her feature film directorial debut Everybody Has A Plan.

Piterbarg has forged a career in television and now she makes the leap into film as she teams up with Oscar winning actor Viggo Mortensen.

The writing skills of Piterbarg are also on show with this project as she has penned the screenplay along with Anna Cohan.

If you are looking for something a little different to watch on the big screen this summer - the superhero/blockbusters can get a little tiring - then Everybody Has A Plan could well be perfect alternative viewing.

- Haifaa Al-Mansour

Haifaa Al-Mansour is another director to watch out for this summer as she makes her debut with Wadjda.

This director is really whipping up a storm as she is the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia - she is one of the country's most famous and controversial directors.

Her film Wadjda is the first film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the film arrived on the festival circuit last year.

Wadjda does tackle women's issues in Saudi Arabia and has really grabbed the film industry's attention over the last twelve months.

Haifaa Al-Mansour is one of those fearless filmmakers and hopefully she is going to see her career go from strength to strength.

- Amy Seimetz

Amy Seimetz is more famous for her work in front of the camera having appeared in the likes of Upstream Colour as well as TV series The Killing and Family Tree.

She made her feature film directorial debut last year with Sun Don't Shine - this film followed on from three short projects and a documentary short.

While Seimetz has not directing projects at the moment she is one to watch out for both in front of the camera and behind over the next couple of years.

Other female filmmakers to watch out for include Lake Bell, Sarah Gavron, Hanan Abdalla and Dominga Sotomayor.


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