SHOOT Magazine, the leading publication for commercial and entertainment motion picture production, today announced the names of the 33 directors / directing teams who made the final cut to be included in the SHOOT 2015 13th Annual New Directors Showcase.

The debut screening of the Showcase Reel will take place during SHOOT's Annual New Directors Showcase Event on Thursday, May 21st from 6-10pm at the DGA Theatre in New York City.  A special “Meet the Directors” panel and After-Party will follow the Screening.  The SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum takes place from 2:00-5:30pm before the SHOOT New Directors Showcase

Here’s a look at the afternoon Directors/Producers Forum Sessions...
Reality Check: The Democratizaton of Directing in 2015
Bonnie Goldfarb, co-founder and executive producer of long-standing, award-winning, production house harvest leads us through a session packed with relevant info for everyone in the production business...
The demysification of filmmaking with the advent of affordable technology has prompted the masses to be directors, editors, musicians, actors, etc.  It’s the old adage a little bit of knowledge is dangerous and everyone these days has a POV.  While it is healthy to provide these tools to our society, how has it impacted the trained professionals?  How do you create content that stands out from all the rest and what specific platforms give voice to our young studied, trained directors?  Bonnie also addresses the importance of being in a Guild (DGA) and preserving unions in 2015 - the wild west of filmmaking has created amazing opportunities for everyone interested in the business but at the same time the clients/studios desire to pay for content has dropped to record lows.  The new paradigm seems to be headed towards a larger percentage of work being produced non-union. How do we preserve our businesses and our guilds and unions so in the future we can support our families?  Content has become so disposable, work is old in a day and most clients seem to value quantity over quality.  This shift in culture divides our industry and it’ll be interesting to see how the next generation of filmmaker can preserve their rights to the work they create without these institutions. Additional topics include agency in-house production and implementing sustainable "more green" practices within the production industry.
♦ Speakers to be announced
►  4K And Beyond
Ultra HD 4K is here and although 4K TVs have only been on the market for a short time, dramatic sales have shown the hunger for higher resolution content.  Among the distributors of content, streaming video is pushing the market for for UHD/4K forward with multiple Netflix and Amazon shows in 4K.   Sports broadcasting is a "killer app" for UHD4K and broadcasters are also moving towards 4K.  We're at the beginning of a wave of 4K content as well as ways to distribute and enjoy UltraHD, from game consoles and smartphones to TV sets and movie theater projection.  As more companies release solutions to offer choices for a complete end-to-end workflow, 4K content will ramp up.   We are thrilled to bring this session to the Forum where several experts will shed light on the world of 4K.  Just as Sony was a pioneer in High Definition, so too has the company been a leader in 4K spanning such innovations as projectors, digital motion picture cameras, camcorders, production switchers, servers, monitors and overall workflow.  Sony’s legacy in imagery will be on display at the Directors/Producers Forum as attendees will see what the company’s latest generation technology can do as they are treated to a short screening of beautiful 4K footage.  Speakers will demonstrate the capabilities of 4K, discuss workflow issues and shed light on what’s in store regarding 4K and the K's (6K, 8K) beyond.
>Speakers to be announced
►  In The Directors Chair: J.C. Chandor
Director/writer J.C. Chandor settles into the Director’s Chair at the Forum for an on stage interview with SHOOT editor Bob Goldrich...
Chandor's feature filmography consists of “Margin Call” (for which he earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar® nomination in 2012), the Robert Redford-starring “All Is Lost” (for which Chandor was an Independent Spirit Award Best Director nominee), and "A Most Violent Year" (cited by the National Board of Review as the Best Film of 2014). Chandor reflects on his filmmaking career as well as his commercial and branded content aspirations, which sparked his recent signing with RESET, the production house founded by managing director Dave Morrison and director David Fincher.
Blurred Lines:  What Everyone Should Know About the New World Of  Native Advertising
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, the witty and wise Managing Partner of leading Entertainment & Advertising law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz provides insights, information and anecdotes...
With branded content continuing to be an important part of the marketing mix, advertisers are looking to "native advertising" as the next frontier.  When advertising messages consist of  integrated  editorial and entertainment content, it raises tough legal issues, as well as issues about IP ownership and who is responsible when things go wrong, that brands, agencies, and production companies must face.  This session will highlight some trends in native advertising, give examples of good ideas gone wrong, and provide best practices for producing great work without the disasters.   
Here’s a look at the evening agenda:

►  The 2015 New Directors Showcase  The next generation of filmmaking talent has arrived--and we know who they are. SHOOT’s 13th annual New Directors Showcase offers a total of 36 up-and-coming helmers filling 33 slots (30 individual directors, and three duos). Of this mix, 16 directors (12 individuals and two duos) are as of yet unaffiliated with a production company. On the other end of the spectrum, several are with established production houses including Biscuit Filmworks, Epoch Films, Rattling Stick, Skunk and Spy Films. Two solo Showcase directors are accomplished editors who cut for mainstay editorial houses. 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. Register For Ticket Here

There was a great deal of very strong work entered in the search that ultimately did not make the final reel as hundreds of entries were narrowed down to approximately to the final Showcase. SHOOT Magazine Publisher, Roberta Griefer, noted that "letting directors know that they did not make the final Showcase is the one negative to the annual New Directors Search but they are invited to keep SHOOT editors posted on their upcoming work and SHOOT looks forward to bringing many of them and their upcoming projects to SHOOT readers' attention in the future.
The SHOOT NDS Class of 2015
The SHOOT 2015 13th Annual New Directors Showcase Reel features the following directors:
Kamell Allaway
Marcus Armitage
Jonathan Augustavo
Jonathan Barenboim
Rob Bianco (RAB)
Stash Capar
Alexander Engel
Freise Brothers
Assal Ghawami
Bianca Giaever
Christian Sorensen Hansen
Zachary Heinzerling
Anne Hollowday
Mai Iskander
Claire Jantzen
Bennett Johnson
David Johnston
Erin Li
Michael Marantz
Ed McCulloch
Patrick Muhlberger
Zeke O'Donnell
Perez Brothers
Joseph Pernice
Elen Santana
Jefferson Stein
Paul Thomas
Hughes William Thompson
Stephen Vitale
Jack Whitely
The Wolf Brothers
Duncan Wolfe
Ally Zonsius


We’re keeping company affiliations under wraps until the May 15th Issue is published.  On May 22nd, SHOOT will post the New Directors Showcase reel plus individual pages on each director with pictures, video of work, additional Q&As, and contact information on the Showcase section of SHOOTonline. 
SHOOT's May 15th Issue will have special "New Directors Showcase" Profile Section
The May 15th issue of SHOOT will contain mini-profiles of each director and will include company affiliation and information on the work that will be screened during the debut screening of the 12th Annual New Directors Showcase Reel on Thursday May 21stnd at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City. On May 22nd the mini-profiles will appear on SHOOTonline and in the The SHOOT>e.dition.  

SHOOT May 15th Issue Advertising Opportunities:
For companies interested in placing an Ad promoting their company rosters, production/post services, equipment or in placing a "congratulations" Ad for any of the directors in the Showcase, Click Here to request special Ad Rates or contact Roberta at 203/227-1699, ext 13.

Click Here to see all the great features planned for the May 15th Issue and bonus distribution the issue will have at four industry events including the SHOOT May 21st event.
Click Here to see samples of past "New Director Congratulations" Ads.
Click Here for Ad sizes/specs
Reserve Space by May 6-7th
Ad PDF files are due by Monday, May 11th. 
Event Sponsors
SHOOT thanks its Event Sponsors for making the SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & New Directors Showcase Event possible.  The 2015 Event Sponsors, to date, include:
SILVER: FKKS, Company 3
Become a Sponsor of the 2015 SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & New Directors Showcase Event! Contact or 203/227-1699, ext 13 for information. 
Provide promo material/gift items to be given out to 400 event attendees.Fee: $300.  Click here to request more info.

Spend 2:00-10:00PM with us! Register to Attend the May 21st Event

Come to the Forum, See The Showcase Reel, Meet The Class of 2015, and enjoy the Party
To attend the SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & 12th Annual 2014 New Directors Showcase Event & After Party, register at Join directors, broadcast & content managers, network executive and agency producers, creative directors, directors, editors, VFX artists, music editors, copywriters, and various other motion picture industry talents.

Here's a look at just some of the companies already registered to attend: 

Register For Ticket Here
A:D Talent Management
Already Alive
American Express
Analogue Muse
Anarchy International
ANU Entertainment
Arnold NYC
Assembly/MacGuffin Films
BCJ Films
Big Block
Bird Bonnette & Stauderman
Blake + Company
Bloomberg LP
Blue Barn Pictures, Inc.
Breaker Films
Calvin Klein
CAPS Payroll
Carolyn Reps
Cena Entertainment
Chelsea Pictures
Click 3X
Company 3
Cooley LLP
Corbis Entertainment
Crew Cuts
Darling Agency
Dekabes Films
Della Femina
Deluxe Entertainment
Digitas Health
Directors Guild of America
Don't Panic Productions
Double Wide Media
Erica Palgon Casting
Erin Li Films
Eye Candy Edit
Ezell Media
Fancy Content

Fluid NY
Fortuna Entertainment
Frankfurt Kurnit
Gardner Nelson + Partners
Get Kinetic
Go East Films
Goodstory Films
Greener Media
Groove Guild
Hardtryer Entertainment
Heard City
hello tomorrow
Hungry Man
Hybrid Edit
Ian London Productions
Kids at Play Media
KRANKY Kontent
Lew & Co.
Light Iron
Liz Lewis Casting Partners
Loxley Pictures
Lyons Trail Communications
MacGuffin Films
Mad Monk
Make TV Productions
Marcato Inc.
Marineo Pictures
Marro Associates/SMP
Media 3 Communications
Mister :-| Face
Moondog Films
Mother West
MRB Productions
NBC Sports
NeeD Financial Services
Nice Shoes
NLP Productions
NYU Graduate Film Program
Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy NY
ONE At Optimus
Palace Digital
Palace Productions

Perez Bros
Pollock Spark
Pop Fim Inc.
POP Sound
Producers Guild of America
Publicis Healthcare
Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Pure Growth
Radioaktive Film
Ruth A. Gutman Productions
Saatchi & Saatchi
Saint James Studios
Silberman Productions
Silver Spoon
Sky Over Productions LLC
Skyframe Pictures
Smoke & Mirrors
Solano Media
Southwest Productions
Spitfire Films
Spy Films
Suffolk County Film Commission
Sunflower Entertainment Co
SuperPowers NYC
Syncro Services, Inc.
Synthetic Pictures
The Colony
The Drafting Board
The Emmer Group
The Field
The Firchow Company
The IHA Inc.
The In-House Agency Inc.
The Madison Square Garden Co.
The Mill
The Shed
The TEAM Companies
The Weinstein Company
United Nations
Unleaded Music
Warner Brothers
Weber Shandwick


About The New Directors Search / Showcase Reel...
Each year 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. The search is conducted by SHOOT's editorial staff with input from advertising agency creative directors & heads of production, as well as production company heads and established directors. This year's search is being conducted from January 1-March 31, 2015. submissions in three categories. Criteria for entry is directing any type of advertising or entertainment content professionally less than 3 years.
Categories of entry:
1. Traditional Broadcast: TV Spots, spec work, cinema ads, branded content, music videos, trailers, broadcast promos
2. Alternative media content: webisodes, spots created for online, mobile phone content, in-game advertising, advergaming, virals, alternative reality gaming, ads created for PDAs
3. Film/TV Entertainment: Feature films, independent films, short films, TV programs.
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