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by Paula Bernstein
October 21, 2013 10:47 AM
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40 Female Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter: A Crowdsourced List

Director Jill Soloway's "Transparent" pilot was picked by Amazon Studios.

We recently compiled a list of 10 Female Filmmakers to follow on Twitter and asked for suggestions of others to add. So here's an updated list of 40 Female Filmmakers to follow on Twitter (with the newest additions at the top followed by the original list). Once again, this is not a comprehensive list, nor is it ranked. 

In some cases, the filmmakers listed below are also be actresses and/or writers, but they have all directed and/or produced films. We also checked to make sure they all have active Twitter presences. So go ahead and follow these 40 female filmmakers:

1. Stacie Passon @StaciePasson

2. Jill Soloway @jillwaysolo

3. Diablo Cody @diablocody

4. Lake Bell @lakebell

5. Megan Griffiths @thecinechick

6. Deepa Mehta @iamdeepamehta

7. Victoria Mahoney @VictoriaMahoney

8. Mira Nair @MiraPagliNair 

9. Haifaa Al Mansour @HaifaaMansour

10. Brit Marling @britmarling

11. Ondi Timoner @onditimoner

12. Nadine Labaki @NadineLabaki

13. Megan Ellison @meganeellison

14. Cherien Dabis @CherienDabis

15. Catherine Hardwicke @C_Hardwicke

16. Callie Khouri @CallieKhouri

17. Tiffany Shlain @Tiffanyshlain

18. Lynda Obst @lyndaobst

19. Angela Robinson @robinsonangela

20. Liz Garcia @lizwgarcia

21. Christine Vachon @kvpi

22. Asia Argento @AsiaArgento

23. Elle Schneider @elleschneider

24. Sally El Hosaini @sallyelhosaini

25. Miranda Bailey @ambushent

26. Lydia Dean Pilcher @queendean

27. Penny Lane @lennypane

28. Nancy Schwartzman @fancynancynyc

29. Paola Mendoza @paolamendoza

30. Barbara Kopple @barbarakopple

31. Gale Anne Hurd @GunnerGale

32. Miranda July @Miranda_July

33. Sarah Polley @SarahEPolley

34. Lena Dunham @LenaDunham

35. Jane Rosenthal @JaneTribeca

36. Lucy Walker@LucyWalkerFilm

37. Ava DuVernay @AVAETC

38 Katie Aselton @duplaselton

39. Allison Anders @MsAllisonAnders

40. Lynn Shelton@lynnsheltonfilm


  • Anon | June 26, 2014 2:17 AMReply

    Wendy Dent; @WendyDent, @WendyDentFilms, Australian doc and drama filmmaker, USC Visiting Scholar 2012-2013 and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2013-2018

  • Scott | January 23, 2014 9:35 AMReply

    This list should definitely include Jehane Noujaim @JehaneNoujaim. Director of The Square which is up for an Oscar.

  • Anonymous | January 8, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    @berishalmashi, building a film industry in Kurdistan - Iraq.

  • Alexia Anastasio | November 2, 2013 1:45 AMReply

    So many other. This is a good start.
    Cheryl Dunye @cdunye
    Leslie Linka Glatter @LeslilinkaG
    Susan Skoog @susanskoog
    Jen Senko @BrainwashingDad
    Joan Sekler @sekler2001
    Holly Hardman @holly_hardman
    Leah Meyerhoff @LeahMeyerhoff
    Alexandra Roxo @AlexandraRoxo
    Xan Aranda @XanAranda
    Signe Baumane @SigneAnimated
    Alexia Anastasio @alexiaanastasio

  • Eugene Haynes | October 31, 2013 12:10 PMReply

    Wow- Ms. Bernstein!
    :) Where the hell is @AVAETC (Ava DuVernay- who even distributes her own films). You're kidding; Not even in the top 40. This is "," right? Research, Research, Research.


  • Anna Darrah | October 23, 2013 6:14 PMReply

    And Jane Campion... maybe if we all follow her she'll tweet. @jane_campion

  • Barbara Ann O'Leary | October 22, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    I've been building this Twitter list of Women Filmmakers. 859 on the list at the moment.

  • Paula Bernstein | October 22, 2013 10:10 AMReply

    Biz, these is not a ranked list and the last 10 were the initial 10 we started with in our earlier article:

  • Santapace | October 21, 2013 10:46 PMReply

    Francesca Archibugi @farchibugi , one of the best Italian movie director

  • Withnail and moi | October 21, 2013 9:37 PMReply

    You forgot one of the best directors out there (imo) Kelly Reichardt. And I would add Claire Denis, Agnes Varda, Chantal Akerman,etc, but I guess that they havent got much of a presence on twitter

  • biz | October 21, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    This order is nuts. Your last 10 are the most fascinating and you have them... well, last?

  • Damon | October 21, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    @JeanieFinlay is also another

  • Damon | October 21, 2013 7:24 PMReply

    @AmmaAsante is another!

  • Paula Bernstein | October 21, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    I'm really appreciating all of the helpful feedback. As noted in the story, this list is by no means comprehensive, so of course, there are worthy filmmakers who have been left off. Perhaps we'll keep expanding until we create a comprehensive list of female filmmakers on Twitter. Thanks again everyone for keeping this conversation civilized and respectful.

  • Pat | October 21, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    Just out of curiosity, how were names filtered from the suggestions? I agree with another commenter that this list offers a more comprehensive view of female filmmakers, but there are names that were offered that are surprisingly absent even though the filmmakers have a considerable body of work and are active on social media... and use it as a tool to promote other filmmakers and causes.

  • Jenni Olson | October 21, 2013 4:07 PMReply

    Nice to see the bump up from 10 to 40 but still seems kind of arbitrary (I posted suggesting Gurinder Chadha — — and whatever criteria one might apply it's hard to imagine why she would be left off this list, she is certainly one of the leading international feature film directors and is very active on Twitter). I would love to see Indiewire invest even more energy in this angle and in general would be great to see even more stepped-up coverage of women directors. For folks wanting to connect with more than 40 women filmmakers on Twitter you can check out Barbara Ann O'Leary's very heartening list (with 183 accounts listed) right here:

  • Marian | October 21, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Good on you Paula! These posts and comments have made some terrific connections! And there's now this daily women directors paper too, made from their tweets!

  • TheDirectorList | October 21, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    That's more like it! Thanks for adding more great names to an already impressive list. There were even a few we didn't have on our Twitter list, so we updated it (463 total now):

  • Carrie Wheeler | October 21, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    @carriewheeler Carrie Wheeler, Canadian producer attending #AFM2013

  • ArabellaStrange | October 21, 2013 12:29 PMReply

    Millicent Shelton is also on Twitter. @1wildchld

  • Elena Rossini | October 21, 2013 11:41 AMReply

    Great list!

    Following all the suggestions from your original post, I created this Twitter list of "women in film"... with over 100 names:

    This way, their tweets are easier to follow :)

  • hnim | October 21, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    "My Brother the Devil"-Director Sally El Hosaini is also on Twitter:

  • Anon | June 26, 2014 2:16 AM

    @WendyDent, Australian Filmmaker, USC Visiting Scholar 2012-2013 and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2013-2018