International List of Living Women Directors

WOMEN DIRECTORS CHALLENGE!

We’re compiling the most comprehensive list ever of international, living women directors. Please help add names, make corrections & comment!

Our list is all-inclusive, but discretionary: we include women directors of features, experimental films, documentaries, episodic TV, and commercials. The work of the directors must have been commercially released and/or the director must have received notoriety.

LIST OF ALL WOMEN DIRECTORS (Work-In-Progress):
Hiam Abbass

Emily Abt
Laurie Agard.
Anne Aghion
Marilyn Agrelo
Chantal Akerman
Desiree Akhavan
Haifaa Al Mansour
Hala Alabdalla
Lexi Alexander
Elizabeth Allen
Debbie Allen
Allison Anders
Urszula Antoniak
Natalia Almada
Raja Amari
Ayten Amin
Jane Anderson
Maya Angelou
Annette Apon
Gillian Armstrong
Andrea Arnold
Lisa Aschan
Katie Aselton

Barbara Atti
Shona Auerbach
Lisa Azuelos
Jamie Babbitt
Yada Badoe
Alison Bagnall
Troy Byer Baily
Lisa Barbash
Neema Barnette
Shirley Barrett
Drew Barrymore
Sophie Barthes
Dianne Bartlow
Christina Beck
Aida Begic
Mary Lou Belli
Zoe Beloff
Jessica Bendinger
Shari Springer Berman
Amy Berg
Natalia Beristain
Amber Bensen
Lisa Biagiotti
Barbara Białowąs
Susan Bier
Kathryn Bigelow
Patricia Birch
Antonia Bird
Jane Birkin
Bobbie Birleffi
Anne-Sophie Birot
Simone Bitton
Anna Boden
Virgina Bogert
Iciar Bollain
Lizzie Borden
Shonali Bose
Hinde Boujemaa
Katrin Bowen
Charlotte Brandstrom
Catherine Breillat
Valerie Breiman
Zabou Breitman
Pietra Brettkelly
Zana Briski

Tracy Lynch Britton
D.G. Brock
Tricia Brock
Rita Broka
Katrina Holden Bronson
Katherine Brooks
Hilary Brougher
Jutta Bruckner
Ann Marie Bryan
Anne Buford
Nanette Burnstein
Rama Burshtein
Gabrielle Burton
Maria Burton
Ursula Burton
Christie Callan-Jones
Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Rebecca Cammisa
Jane Campion
Caroline Camya
Patricia Cardoso
Niki Caro
Xan Cassavetes
Zoe Cassvetes
Liliana Cavani
Gurinder Chadha
Ilya Chaiken
Judy Chaiken
Mimi Chakarova
Kate Chaplin
Brenda Chapman
Jasmine McGlade Chazelle
Lee Shallat Chemel
Cher
Vigil Chime
Lisa Cholondenko
Deborah Chow
Jane Clark
Barrie Cohen
Kat Coiro
Isabel Coixet
Laura Colella
Laura Collyer
Vittoria Colonna
Angela Garcia Combs
Kate Conner
Janice Cooke
Martha Coolidge

Gia Coppola
Sophia Coppola
Heather Courtney
Emma-Kate Croghan
Hanelle Culpepper
Kim Cummings
Aleksandra Czenczek
Cherien Dabis
Ursula Dabrowsky
Holly Dale
Trish Dalton
Tsitsi Dangarembga
Peggy Rogers Daniels
Julie Dash
Nina Davenport
Julie Davis
Tamra Davis
Roxann Dawson
Donna Deitch
Ariana Delawari
Jenny Deller
Julie Delpy
Claire Denis
Drew Denny
Laura Dern
Katherine Dieckmann
Valerie Donzelli
Doris Dorrie
Lena Dunham
Cheryl Dunye
Ava DuVernay
Jennifer Dworkin
Alison Eastwood
Sally El Hosaini
Marty Elcan
Jan Eliasberg
Anne Emond
Heidi Ewing
Jan Eliasberg
Song Fang
Valarie Faris
Vera Farmiga
Linda Fefferman
Rachel Feldman
Shana Feste
Hannah Fidell
Jeanie Finlay
Anne Fletcher
Sheree Folkson
Anne Fontaine
Jodie Foster
Lee Friedlander
Su Friedrich
Zetna Fuentes
Kathleen Gallagher
Maya Gallus
Nisha Ganatra
Liz Garbus
Nicole Garcia
Liz W. Garcia
Karen Gaviola
Jennifer Getzinger
Maria Giese
Sari Gilman
Lesli Linka Glatter
Sandra Goldbacher

Janet Goldwater
Marleen Gorris
Rachel Grady
Debra Granik
Susannah Grant
Lauren Greenfield
Katherine Griffin
Janet Grill
Malgorzata Gryniewicz
Aurora Guerrero
Emily Hagins
Randa Haines
Tamar Halpern
Barbara Hammer
Terri Hanauer
Mia Hansen-Love
Catherine Hardwicke
Danielle Harris
Leslie Harris
Mary Harron
Selma Hayek
Julie Hebert
Amy Heckerling

Chris Hegedus

Robin Hessman
Victoria Hochberg
Joanne Hock
Tamar Simon Hoffs
Agnieszka Holland
Gwenyth Horder-Payton
Nicole Holofcener
Heddy Honigmann
Simone Horrocks
Angelica Huston
Cynthia Hsiung
Emily Hubley
Tatiana Huezo
Bronwen Hughes
Ann Hui
Bonnie Hunt
Courtney Hunt
Helen Hunt
Laura Innes
Debbie Isitt
Julia Ivanova
Annemarie Jacir
Agnes Jaoui
Christine Jeffs
Patty Jenkins
Jamie Jensen
Vicky Jenson
Jae-eun Jeong
Liza Johnson
Hella Joof
Maureen Judge
Miranda July
Deborah Kampmeier
0lga Kałagate
Betty Kaplan
Bess Kargman
Nicole Kassell
Marta Kauffman
Naomi Kawase
Diane Keaton
Dorota Kędzierzawska
Elodie Keene
Elza Kephart
Joanna Kerns
Mayam Keshavarz
Callie Khouri
Beeban Kidron
Lella Kilani
Clare Kilner
So Yong Kim
Alison Klayman
Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Barbara Kopple
Marie Kreutzer
Diane Kurys
Karyn Kusama
Lee Kyoung-mi
Nadine Labaki
Diane Ladd
Aimee Lagos
Christine Lahti
Karen Lam
Mary Lambert
Sara Lamm
Laura Lau
Linda Laundra
Adi Lavy
Clara Law
Mimi Leder
Kasi Lemmons
Roseanne Liang
Leslie Libman
Allison Liddi-Brown
Lynne Littman
Phyllida Lloyd
Julia Lokyev
Małgorzata Łupina
Jennifer Lynch
Shola Lynch
Tina Mabry
Alison Maclean
Madonna
Maria Maggenti
Victoria Mahoney
Anne Makepeace
Samira Makhmalbaf
Nancy Malone*

Alina Marazzi
Ami Canaan Mann
Kirstin Marcon
Arlene Marechal
Lily Mariye
Penny Marshall
Lucrecia Martel

Maria Matteoli
Darnell Martin
Melissa Martin
Destri Martino
Elaine May
Dominga Soto Mayor
Melanie Mayron
Sharon McGuire
Kate Clere McIntyre
Tawnia Cannell McKiernan
Nancy Meckler
Deepa Mehta
Ursula Meier
Nina Menkes
Anu Menon
Nancy Meyers

Jody Lauren Miller
Rebecca Miller
Maja Miloš
Cecilia Miniucchi
Martha Mitchell
Freida Mock
Julie Moggan
Karen Moncrieff
Mariette Monpierre
Rosario Garcia Montero
Christine Moore
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Carol Morley
Zanele Muholi
Lucy Mulloy
Nadia Munla
Ruba Nadda
Mira Nair
Najwa Najjar
Rola Nashef
Shirin Neshat
Sandra Nettlebeck
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Galt Niederhoffer
Miwa Nishikawa
Katherine Nolfi
Lynn Nottage
Nisha Pahuja
Marta Pajek
Euzhan Palcy
Nina Paley
Véréna Paravel
Pratibha Parmar
Barbara Peeters
Lucy Massie Phenix
Gabriel Pichler
Kimberly Pierce
Ana Piterbarg
Agnieszka Piotrowska
Sarah Polley
Sally Potter
Lea Pool
Lori Precious
Carrie Preston
Gaylene Preston
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Yvonne Rainer
Lynne Ramsay

Jude Ray
Julie Ann Robinson
Amy Redford
Valarie Red-Horse
Kimberly Reed
Dee Rees
Jan Reesman
Kelly Reichardt
Anne Renton
Rosemary Riddell
Patricia Riggen
Marialy Rivas
Angela Robinson
Julie Ann Robinson
Rosemary Rodriguez
Mariana Rondon
Bethany Rooney
Alison Rose
Lee Rose

Elena Rossini
Dana Rotberg
Alexander Roxo
Patricia Rozema
Ry Russo-Young
Liz Ryan
Maria Sadowska
Dyamila Sahraoui
Susan Saladoff
Zulfah Otto Sallies
Arlene Sanford
Valeria Sarmiento
Barbara Sass
Marjane Satrapi
Nancy Savoca

Hanna Sawka
Lorene Scafaria
Therese Schecter
Lone Scherfig
Celine Sciamma
Kari Skogland
Amber Sealey
Susan Seidelman
Coline Serreau
Millicent Shelton
Kat Shea
Gauri Shinde
Tiffany Shlain

Floria Sigismondi
Joan Micklin Silver
Kate Shortland
Becky Smith
Jill Soloway
Eva Sørhaug
Jen and Silvia Soska

Jane Spencer
Elisabeth Sperling
Penelope Spheeris
Jill Sprecher
Wendy Stanzler
Maya Stark
Jennifer Steinman
Barbara Stepansky
Mora Stephens
Rena Sternfeld
Barbara Streisand
Kris Swanberg
Mary Sweeney
Robin Swicord
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Małgorzata Szumowska
Massy Tadjedin
Gabriela Tagliavini
Renee Tajima-Pena
Sophia Takal
Rachel Talalay
Amancay Tapia
Sam Taylor-Wood
Julie Taymor
Betsy Thomas
Betty Thomas
Ondi Timoner
Stacy Title
Janet Tobias

Ilana Trachtman
Rose Troche
Athine Rachel Tsangari
Ann Turner
Guinevere Turner
Nora Twomey
Sima Urale
Sloane U’ren
Isold Uggadottir

Liv Ullmann
Orkide Unsur
Yesim Ustaoglu
Heidi Van Lier
Agnes Varda
Tara Veneruso
Ingrid Veninger
Emilie Verhamme
Sylvie Verheyde
Suju Vijayan
Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Katja von Garnier
Margarethe von Trotta
Michaela von Schweinitz
Lana Wachowski
Cynthia Wade
Rachel Ward
Jennifer Warren
Gillian Wearing
Claudia Weill
Valerie Weiss
Yvonne Welbon
Lina Wertmuller
Jennifer Westfeldt
Tanya Wexler
Anne Wheeler
Susanna White
Mary Wigmore
Chandra Wilson
Juanita Wilson
Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Kate Woods
Woszek
Alice Wu
Treva Wurmfeld
Campbell X

Dafna Yachin
Tali Yankelevich
Keren Yedaya
Suzi Yoonessi
Susan Youssef
Jessica Yu
Jennifer Yuh
Marina Zenovich
Ana Zins

2 thoughts on “International List of Living Women Directors”

  1. Hi, can I get on this list? 20 yrs and counting of directing films. I have a new feature at TIFF 15.

    Anything else I need to add? Sharing this on fb now!

    Thanks Mina

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