SHOOT Magazine, announced today that entries for the 2015 SHOOT  New Directors Search will officially open on January 1, 20015 and and remain open through March 31, 2015.

This is SHOOT's 13th annual 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. This global search is conducted by SHOOT's editorial staff with input from agency and studio creatives & heads of production, as well as production company heads and established directors. Click Here for details and online & mail in Entry forms and details.

The 25-30 Showcase Finalists Receive Priceless Worldwide Exposure
After the best work is chosen, SHOOT editors will compile the 2015 SHOOT New Directors Showcase Reel. The reel will be screened for an audience of over 400 agency and studio creative executives & heads of production, as well as production company execs. Finalists' work will be seen by major decision-makers from Madison Avenue's key advertising agencies to Hollywood's top motion picture production companies and studios at SHOOT's 2015 New Directors Showcase Event at the DGA Theatre in New York City in May.  The New Directors Showcase Event will take place in the evening immediately following the daytime SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum.  The evening will include the screening of The New Directors Showcase Reel, a fresh exchange of ideas during the after-panel and after-party.  SHOOT editors will interview the 2015 Showcase directors for a special feature that will appear in SHOOT's May issue, interactive PDF version, SHOOT Dailies & SHOOT >e.dition ePubs, and on®, bringing worldwide attention to the work and the directors.  Coverage of the May New Directors Showcase gala event will appear on SHOOTonline and in the SHOOT Dailies and SHOOT>e.dition following the event with follow-up in-depth coverage and photos. And the Showcase reel, including new director interviews, will be posted on SHOOTonline for a full year to be viewed by over 40,000 unique visitors each month who are the motion picture industry movers and shakers..

There are three categories for entries
1. Traditional Broadcast including: television spots, spec work, cinema ads, branded content, music videos, trailers broadcast promos.
2. Alternative Media Content including: webisodes, spots created for online, mobile-phone content, in-game ads, advergaming, virals, alternate reality-gaming ads, ads created for PDAs.
3. Film/TV Entertainment Content  including: feature films, independent films, short films, TV programs

Directors receive enormous career-making exposure!
Entering SHOOT's New Directors Showcase can be a big step towards being noticed by the companies that represent directors and the advertising agency creatives and commercial & entertainment producers that can hire directors.  In addition to most of the unaffiliated directors finding production company homes/representation after the Showcase each year; quite a few have gone on to direct great work and earn industry honors.  Here's a sampling...

The 2013 release “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman was directed by Joseph Kosinki who eight years earlier was in our 3rd annual 2005 New Directors Showcase. Joseph is now with Reset, the production company launched by David Fincher and Dave Morrison.

Our 2005 New Directors Showcase also included director David Gray--at the time was a noted agency creative who had signed with Hungry Man to pursue a full-time directing career. Two years later, while still at Hungry Man, David was at the DGA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles as a nominee for Best Commercial Director of 2006. David is now with Station Film.

Keith Schofield earned inclusion into  SHOOT's 2008 6th Annual Showcase. Four years later, his "The Bark Side" for Volkswagen out of Deutsch LA garnered a primetime commercial Emmy nomination. Schofield is with Caviar Content.

Also in that 2008 Showcase was Keith Bearden. Two years later he saw his feature film directing debut, "Meet Monica Velour," make its worldwide premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Meet Monica Velour" was one of just 14 films chosen for Tribeca's Encounters section, offering original movies that reflect pop culture and contemporary issues.

Another 2008 Showcase helmer was Harold Einstein of Station who shortly thereafter saw three Crest toothpaste spots he directed for Saatchi NY earn a Gold Lion in the Campaign category at Cannes. Harold has recently launched is own production company, Dummy.

Pete Circuitt of The Ebeling Group, another '08 Showcase inductee, went on to direct CBS-TV's half-hour primetime Xmas special "Yes Virginia" for Macy's and JWT NY, which ended up winning a One Show Entertainment Awards Gold Pencil.

In 2010, Ross Katz won the DGA Award for outstanding achievement in movies for TV/miniseries on the strength of his HBO film "Taking Chance," the same film which garnered him inclusion in SHOOT's '09 7th Annual New Directors Showcase.

And, here's a sampling of what some past SHOOT New Directors Showcase directors  have said about their New Directors Showcase experience...

"The SHOOT New Directors Showcase was a phenomenal opportunity, and has been a huge force in launching my career.  It opened doors to me with some of the best production houses, agencies, and creatives in the industry, and did an amazing job of bringing all these people together under one roof.  The panel speakers were amazing, giving their insight into the rapidly changing nature of the advertising and entertainment world.  It's a refreshing, inspiring look into the next wave of filmmakers that I'm honored to be a part of." -- Aaron Kodz, 2014 New Director

"SHOOT Magazine provided me with a fabulous platform in the New Director's Showcase to show my work.   The event itself had inspiring speakers with wonderful insight on their particular expertise in the filmmaking world.  It's a terrific way to meet a significant amount of talented people all under one roof who give their time in a thoughtful manner." --  Michele Atkins, 2013 New Director, Kaboom Productions

"The SHOOT New Directors Showcase offers so much more than just validation of directorial talent.  I met some incredible industry professionals...the whole place is buzzing, the work is so inspiring, and you walk away feeling like a major milestone has been reached. What surprised me the most was the variety of directors--male, female, international, American, young, and old. The same goes for the work. I can't think of another showcase reel that can match its broad range in cinematography, subject matter, and tone." -- Martin Rodahl, 2012 New Director, 71 Degrees North

"Being included in the SHOOT New Director Showcase was absolutely brilliant for me, as it tempted the smart people I did not know, but desperately wanted to see my film, into watching it!  As a result, I met many of the owners and execs of the production companies I admire." -- Elizabeth Orne, 2011 New Director, Freelance

"It was quite an honor to be selected to participate in the 2010 SHOOT New Directors Showcase. I am especially humbled to join the ranks of the super creative and innovative directors with whom I share this special honor.  Being selected for the showcase affirmed for me the value of my determined effort to create work that's not just "good enough", but better than anyone imagined. Thanks for the shot in the arm, SHOOT!" -- Varda Bar-kar, 2010 New Director

"Being included in SHOOT's New Directors Showcase is one of those great touchstones.  Besides the breadth of industry exposure only SHOOT can provide, it provides a very real increase in offers for work as well as the validation that you're doing something right.  I will always count it as a big moment in my career." --  Kevin Kerwin, 2009 New Director, Authentic Films

"There are many wonderful phone calls one can receive in life. But I have to say, few feel as good as, 'Hello, you've just been included in SHOOT's New Directors Showcase.' Like the chicken and the egg, I'm still not sure which came first: getting to direct good scripts or getting into SHOOT's New Directors Showcase." --  Harold Einstein, 2008 New Director, Dummy

"As directors, we are continually inspired by the imagination of our peers. SHOOT Magazine does a fantastic job of filling our brains with the most exciting, creative ideas of the day and it's New Director's Showcase is no exception. We were thrilled and honored to be included in such a highly talented event. It was almost like telling our Grandmother we had won an Academy Award... or two." -- Jason & Matt Docter, 2008 New Directors, DOCTER TWINS

"I have read SHOOT magazine for many years, and being included in the 2007 New Director's Showcase was truly an honor. SHOOT consistently has an eye out on fresh and exciting new talent, and this showcase does not disappoint. It is one of the finest new talent presentations in our business." --  Nir Bashan, 2007 New Director

"It's always invigorating to see new work and exchange ideas. The showcase is an ideal opportunity for new directors, industry leaders and agency producers to come together for the first time." -- Harry Cocciolo, 2005 New Director, Bob Industries

So you think you (or somebody you know) may have what it takes to be a hot New Director?
Click Here to see the 2014 New Directors Showcase Reel that was screened at the May 22, 2014 New Directors Showcase Event at the DGA Theatre in NYC.   The helmers selected for the Showcase come from diverse backgrounds. Some first established themselves on the agency side of the business, while others were DPs, feature filmmakers or film students. One bond the directors share is great style and vision, whether it be reflected in comedy, visuals or storytelling. In the 2014 New Directors  Showcase web reel, each director reveals how he or she got into the business, as well as his or her aspirations.

New Directors Search Submission Details
For the 13th Annual New Directors Search, Directors, their representatives, and yes, even friends can submit work for directors if the submitted work was completed during the 15 month qualification period (January 2014-March 2015) and meets all other entry criteria as outlined on the submission form. (excerpts from shorts, long form film or other entertainment fare must be NO MORE than 5 minutes in length.)   IMPORTANT: To be eligible to enter, directors must be directing professionally less than three years. The Entry Deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Midnight EDT. Entry fee is $85.00 for first piece of work, $40.00 each additional. 

Please Click Here for Entry details. You may enter online and upload your entries -OR- print out mail-in entry form and submit via mail with DVD.

(Note: login or free register prior to access NDS2015 entry page and credit card required)


SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & New Directors Showcase Event Sponsorship Opportunity
Become a sponsor of the May 2015 SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & 13th Annual New Directors Showcase at the DGA Theatre in NYC and receive a full year of promotion value.  Sponsors are promoted prior, during and after the event in print ads, online promotion, invitations, press releases, programs, signage & on screen credits at the DGA Theater, articles and the New Directors Showcase web reel.  Please Click Here for Sponsorship Information.

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