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by Paula Bernstein
October 18, 2013 2:46 PM
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10 Female Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter

Sarah Polley

The majority of the top 20 most followed people on Twitter are women (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears to name a few), but when it comes to filmmakers, women are underrepresented on Twitter.

When we began compiling a list of filmmakers who are active and influential on Twitter, we quickly noticed that women were far and few between. Is it because male filmmakers are more comfortable with self-promotion or that women filmmakers are simply busier with other aspects of their lives?

We managed to come up with this list of 10 female filmmakers (directors and producers) on Twitter. This is by no means a definite and comprehensive list and we are open to suggestions for who should be added to future lists (please post in the comments below). Note they are not listed in any particular order.

1. Gale Anne Hurd @GunnerGale

2. Miranda July @Miranda_July

3. Sarah Polley @SarahEPolley

4. Lena Dunham @LenaDunham

5. Jane Rosenthal @JaneTribeca

6. Lucy Walker@LucyWalkerFilm

7. Ava DuVernay @AVAETC

8. Katie Aselton @duplaselton

9. Allison Anders @MsAllisonAnders

10. Lynn Shelton@lynnsheltonfilm

Who else should we add to the list?

NOTE: We updated the list and added your suggestions. See the crowdsourced list of Top 40 Female Filmmakers on Twitter.

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  • Bella Maggie | October 21, 2013 12:20 PMReply

    don't forget...the new girl on the block -
    writer, director, producer Ileana D Vasquez

  • DocLover! | October 21, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    Maya Gallus & Justine Pimlott, the prolific and talented women at Red Queen Productions! For the past 10 years they have been releasing one awesome "estrodoc" after another - The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service, Girl Inside, Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men, Punch Like A Girl, Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality, and upcoming Derby Crazy Love! They are Canada's reigning documentary queens!


  • Elena Rossini | October 21, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    I've been adding your amazing suggestions to this Twitter list: https://twitter.com/_elena/lists/women-in-film
    About 1/3 of the way done... :)

  • Audrey Ewell | October 21, 2013 1:06 PM

    Oops, commented in the wrong place. Elena, this is for you: Good idea. You skipped mine, but added the other women I listed. ; ) Here's mine: @AudreyEwell. Thanks for doing this, I'm going to subscribe.

  • FilmLover | October 21, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    Christine Vachon @kvpi
    Diablo Cody ‏ @diablocody
    Rona Edwards @RonaEdwards
    Lauren Shuler Donner @ShuDonner
    Betsy Beers @BeersBetsy
    Shonda Rhimes @shondarhimes

  • Audrey Ewell | October 21, 2013 1:05 PM

    Good idea. You skipped mine, but added the other women I listed. ; ) Here's mine: @AudreyEwell. Thanks for doing this, I'm going to subscribe.

  • Tonjia Atomic | October 21, 2013 2:09 AMReply

    Jessie Gotta @gottaenk !
    I'm Tonjia Atomic @tonjiaatomic

  • Marian | October 21, 2013 2:08 AMReply

    Dee Leonard ‏ ‪@aCreativeBoi
    Carol Morley ‏ ‪@_CarolMorley
    Ramona Maramonte ‏‪@MomsGotMuscle
    Jen Sachs/Ruby Lopez ‏‪@flightsofsophie
    Stephanie Law ‏‪@sphinxmagic &
    Little Miss J Film ‏ ‪@littlemissjihad
    lisarussellfilm ‏‪@lisarussellfilm
    Lisa Jackson ‪@jackson_films
    Just The Tip ‏‪@JustTheTipMovie, a documentary film by ‪@FeministGolzar
    Karen Lam ‏‪@opiatepix
    Katrina Mathers ‏‪@katminsky
    aliklay ‏‪@aliklay
    Cheryl Pollak ‏‪@cpollakiz
    Sheila Jackson Hardy. ‏‪@NiceandRough

  • Briony Kidd | October 21, 2013 1:32 AMReply

    Here's a few.... Sorry if any duplication.

    USA/Canada genre directors
    @thatjenlynch Jennifer Lynch
    @Opiatepix Karen Lam
    @Kimyoofilm Lori Bowen
    @quirkfilms Maude Michaud
    @jenniferblancb Jennifer Blanc-Biehn
    @Twisted_Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska
    @swoomer Sara Woomer
    @bstepansky Barbara Stepansky
    @Cruell LC Cruell
    @ojpstudios Nina Herten
    @tonjiaatomic Tonjia Atomi
    @megisaweirdo Meg Pinsonneault

    Australian genre directors
    @queenripsnort Rebecca Thomson
    @JohnnyGhostfilm Donna McRae
    @DarkLakeTweets Heidi Lee Douglas
    @MiriStone Miri Stone

    UK / European genre directors
    @GigiConG Gigi Romero

  • Tony | October 20, 2013 11:07 PMReply

    Director Arlene Bogna @rockstarawesome

  • TheDarkness | October 20, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    ‏ @turnerguinevere must be on this list! She wrote "American Psycho" and has been known on Twitter as "the grande dame of dyke cinema."

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  • Zeina | October 20, 2013 1:47 PMReply


  • chadwick nelson | October 20, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    Lynne Ramsay

  • Melissa | October 20, 2013 9:07 AMReply

    @reellives - Melissa Dopp

    @devt 's blog about women and film, Wellywood Women (http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.com/)

  • Jenni Olson | October 20, 2013 2:39 AMReply


  • bolex | October 20, 2013 12:51 AMReply

    @elleschneider female filmmaker, one of the makers of the digital bolex camera

  • JM | October 19, 2013 11:34 PMReply

    It would be amazing to see an updated list above as well as curated live Twitter list. I'd love to follow of these women and liven up my Twitter feed.

    Definitely hope you add Australian director Catriona McKenzie (@catrionamckenzi). Just today her feature film Satellite Boy won the best dramatic feature award at Toronto's ImagineNative Film Festival.

  • Elena | October 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    JM, I've been adding the suggestions to this Twitter list:



  • Dharra | October 19, 2013 9:28 PMReply

    Don't forget @JenSiebelNewsom - she's phenomenal!

  • Christin mell | October 19, 2013 6:32 PMReply

    Christin Mell @christintello
    Jessica king @kingisafink
    Rolla Selbak @rollaselbak

  • sakara | October 19, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    sarah polley one in a long line of actors, male and female, who turn to directing cause they know their acting days are over, and easier to get a directing job.

    most directors now days are has-been actors.

  • Said in Los Angeles | October 19, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    Sanna Hamri, yet I haven't been able to find her on Twitter...he is a directors director...

  • Morey Bean | October 19, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    Alexandria Bombach! She just finished a very successful Kickstarter and is filming in Afghanistan! Frame by Frame @ABombach

  • Virginia | October 19, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    I just started a Paper.li daily paper using the Twitter list of women directors mentioned here. The daily paper at http://paper.li/vdebolt/1382199085 will publish tweets from the women on the list. It is very easy to make a paper.li project from any public twitter list and the resulting daily paper is an easy way to track a group of people in just a few minutes a day. You can subscribe to the daily paper and a daily tweet will remind you to check it.

  • Marian | October 19, 2013 6:17 PM


  • thedirectorlist | October 19, 2013 4:59 PM

    cool idea!

  • Maja Kvendseth | October 19, 2013 8:33 AMReply

    Amber Benson?

  • Elena Rossini | October 19, 2013 6:44 AMReply

    Great comments thread. Thank you so much for making me discover so many more female directors with Twitter accounts (I wasn't aware that the likes of Catherine Breillat and Callie Khouri were on Twitter).

    Some other favorites of mine:
    - Gia Coppola (@MasterGia22)
    - Tiffany Shlain (@tiffanyshlain)
    - Therese Shechter (@TrixieFilms)
    - Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney)
    - Emily Abt (@emilyabt)
    - Floria Sigismondi (@floriamamaroma)
    - Chris Hegedus (@C_Hegedus)

    I'm also a woman director who actively tweets about film at: @_elena

  • Daniel Delago | October 19, 2013 4:50 AMReply

    To get the most out of Twitter, my suggestion is not to follow any celebrities. They rarely follow back and usually do not have anything profound to say.

  • Nicky | October 19, 2013 2:29 AMReply

    Mira Nair

  • michael | October 19, 2013 2:14 AMReply

    You can add @Madonna to the list.

  • Krista @thisvoiceofmine | October 19, 2013 1:46 AMReply

    Wow! This post and excellent comments make a twitter treasure trove! Page is already bookmarked.

  • Catherine Grealish | October 19, 2013 12:52 AMReply

    You are missing Megan Griffiths - @thecinechick. Latest films: Eden and Lucky Them. She is awesome, as is Lynn Shelton.

  • electriclynn | October 19, 2013 12:46 AMReply

    SALLY FIELDS!! The Best

  • Beth Gosnell | October 18, 2013 11:58 PMReply

    Kat Candler from Austin TX "Cicadas", "Hellion" etc.

  • Naomi | October 18, 2013 11:37 PMReply

    Miranda Bailey @ambushent of Ambush Entertainment, who produces, directs, distributes and acts.
    Also the winner of this year's Sundance Directing award is a woman: @Jillsolo for her amazing film Afternoon Delight.

  • M | October 18, 2013 11:32 PMReply

    Catherine Hardwicke @C_Hardwicke

  • cheyann Montiel reagan | October 18, 2013 11:32 PMReply

    I'm a indie writer.director.producer. I love SciFi and I'm a dreamer by trade. You'll find that on my twitter @cheyannmreagan

  • Paula Bernstein | October 18, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Loving all of these great suggestions... the list is getting longer! Keep 'em coming.

  • TM | October 18, 2013 11:21 PMReply


    Megan Griffiths @thecinechick
    JaneEspenson @JaneEspenson

  • bmossnyc | October 18, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    Add to these great additions -- Lydia Dean Pilcher @queendean Megan Ellison @meganeellison
    the good news is there are many voices ready to be heard. I am Producer, Founder of the Women's Film Preservation Fund@bmossnyc who uses Twitter extensively for research, access.

  • Stephanie | October 18, 2013 9:52 PMReply

    Catherine Hardwicke- @C_Hardwicke

  • Sharon | October 18, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    Massy Tadjedin @mtadjedin
    Diablo Cody @diablocody

  • Leah Meyerhoff | October 18, 2013 9:40 PMReply

    I am part of a female filmmaker collective called Film Fatales and a lot of us are active on Twitter:
    Alexandra Roxo @alexandraroxo
    Barbara Kopple @barbarakopple
    Bridget Stokes @murphystokes
    Caryn Waechter @SisterhoodMovie
    Cherien Dabis @CherienDabis
    Eliza Hittman @ElizaHittman
    Hannah Fidel @holafidel
    Heather Rae @heather_rae22
    Heidi Ewing @HeidiLoki
    Jenny Deller @FutureWeather
    Julia Pott @juliapott
    Lauren Wolkstein @laurenwolkstein
    Laurie Collyer @lauriecollyer
    Leah Meyerhoff @leahmeyerhoff
    Liz Nord @lizfilm
    Megan Griffiths @thecinechick
    Margarita Jimeno @majimafia
    Nancy Schwartzman @fancynancynyc
    Paola Mendoza @paolamendoza
    Penny Lane @OurNixon
    Shaz Bennett @shazbennett
    Sian Heder @sianheder
    Sophia Takal @sophiathecolest
    Stacie Passon @StaciePasson
    Tia Lessin @citizenkochfilm

  • nick | October 20, 2013 2:57 PM

    Second! All the people I was going to suggest are on this list.

  • Hannah | October 18, 2013 8:35 PMReply

    and me! @holafidel

  • Audrey | October 18, 2013 11:21 PM

    Sorry Hannah! I meant to have you in my list.

  • Janelle Ryan | October 18, 2013 8:15 PMReply

    Issa Rae, writer/director/producer of "Awkward Black Girl"

  • lesly hamilton | October 18, 2013 7:38 PMReply

    ...ignore my list , indeed the five great directors mentionned are not registered on Twitter

  • @AudreyEwell | October 18, 2013 7:33 PMReply

    Well since I'm dying to see her new film, I have to add Catherine Breillat
    @BreillatCathrin, as well as my previously unmentioned fellow directors Eliza Hittman @ElizaHittman, Kat Candler @katcandler, Margarita Jimeno @majimafia and new director Shaz Bennett @shazbennett. And fellow female producers Laura Wagner @LauraCWagner, Mynette Louie @mynette, Amy Lo @amy_lo, Amanda Marshall @agmarshall plus writer/producer Karen Walton @inkcanada... and these are just a handful I personally know, off the top of my head. We're very much there.

  • Lesly Hamilton | October 18, 2013 7:07 PMReply

    Lynn Ramsey
    Andrea Arnold
    Claire denis
    Athina Rachel Tsangari
    Margarete Von Trotta

  • Julia Ransom | October 18, 2013 6:44 PMReply


  • Paula Bernstein | October 18, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    Again, thanks for all of your suggestions. We'll be updating the list soon!

  • thedirectorlist | October 18, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    Please stop perpetuating the myth that women directors aren't present. There are a lot of women directors on Twitter. Below are just a few with current/recent projects. More here: https://twitter.com/TheDirectorList/women-directors/members

    Jill Soloway @Jillwaysolo
    ‏ @brenda_chapman
    Yoruba Richen ‏ @redrubes14
    Lesli Linka Glatter ‏ @LeslilinkaG
    Hanelle Culpepper ‏ @Hillview798
    Lexi Alexander ‏ @Lexialex
    eva orner ‏ @evaorner
    Christina Beck @xtinabeck
    Gina PrinceBythewood ‏ @GPBmadeit

  • thedirectorlist | October 19, 2013 5:21 PM

    Ah, thanks, Marian! Great additions to the list and so true about the variety of content between the the film accounts and personal accounts-- lots of good stuff!

  • Marian | October 18, 2013 6:51 PM

    Yes. There are *lots* of us. And lots of us under the names of our films as well as tweeting as individuals, e.g. Ana Lily Amirpour @Lilyinapad: 'every day is a new chance to not give in to trembling' – @agirlwalkshome, coming soon and I can't wait! @studlifemovie, also @CampbellX. @DukhtarTheFilm from @AfiaNathaniel. @tionam and her @bummingcigsfilm. @Kalifilms with @alicewalkerfilm. What I love about these women is that they are really good at adding great content related to the themes of their films on their film twitter feeds; and do something different with their personal feeds. Oh yes, and JD Walker @postwomanmovie. And me – @devt for my film activism and @7R4SM for my cross-media Muriel Rukeyser project. And you, Destri, @destrimartino! Could go on all morning but off to mow the lawn and watch the bees.

  • Lesly Hamilton | October 18, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    Andrea Arnold UK
    Lynn Ramsey UK
    Claire Denis FR
    Athina Rachel Tsangari GR

  • Al | October 18, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    Jennifer Elster - @jenniferelster

  • magoshaj | October 18, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    Nia Vardalos!

  • Jonathan Eagan | October 18, 2013 4:07 PMReply


  • Pat | October 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    Retweet with a favourite.
    (Include @punkfilmsnow!)

  • Jacob | October 18, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    Brit Marling - @britmarling

  • jodib | October 18, 2013 3:08 PMReply

    The Soska twins for sure!

  • Paula Bernstein | October 18, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Great idea, Francine, but most of those women doesn't have Twitter feeds!

  • Francine | October 18, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    What about the really amazing women filmmakers like: Jane Campion, Agnieszka Holland, Lea Pool, Patricia Rozema, Margarete Von Trotta, Louise Archambault, Lisa Choledenko to name just a few.

  • Marian | October 18, 2013 7:39 PM

    Francine, there are some ace Spanish and Latin American directors on Twitter but I don't have the people I'm following well-organised in lists and can't easily find them at the mo. Can you provide some of those twitter handles, please?

  • Noah | October 18, 2013 3:02 PMReply

    Deepa Mehta @IamDeepaMehta

  • Paula Bernstein | October 18, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Thanks for all of the suggestions! Clearly, we'll have to update the list soon. Keep 'em coming!

  • Bruce | October 18, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Jennifer Lee, writer/co-director of Disney's Frozen.


  • Kira | October 18, 2013 2:59 PMReply

    I would highly recommend Diablo Cody @diablocody

  • Vanessa | October 18, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    I'm surprised Jane Espenson wasn't on this list: https://twitter.com/JaneEspenson

    Down to earth, hilarious, and extremely personable as far as twitter goes.

  • j | October 18, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    Victoria Mahoney. https://twitter.com/VictoriaMahoney

    Some of the coolest, most diverse, down-to-earth content you'll see from any filmmaker, male or female.