SHOOT Magazine, the leading publication for commercial, branded content and entertainment motion picture production, today announced the names of the 32 directors / directing teams who made the final cut to be included in the SHOOT 2014 12th Annual New Directors Showcase. The debut screening of the Showcase Reel will take place during SHOOT's 12th Annual New Directors Showcase Event on Thursday, May 22nd from 6-10pm at the DGA Theatre in New York City.  A special “Meet the Directors” panel and After-Party will follow the Screening.  Register For Ticket Here
The SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum takes place from 2:00-5:30pm before the SHOOT New Directors Showcase
Here’s a look at two of the afternoon Forum Sessions:
Producer Perspectives 
Producers discuss their evolving roles as well as issues and developments of concern to them. We’ll hear from heads of production, executive producers and producers in the agency, feature, TV and commercialmaking communities touching upon such areas as content marketing, the logistics of producing a feature while maintaining a commercial/content production company, and marketplace dynamics that get in the way of good work. Get backstories on work that made the cut at this year's Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, and insights into the changing nature of the ad business. Register For Ticket Here

Matt Bonin, chief production officer for Ogilvy & Mather, New York. 

Oritte BendoryExecutive Producer/Head of SalesGartner

Scott Franklinproducer of the recently released epic feature “Noah” and NY-based executive producer of Chromista, a commercial production company co-founded by director Darren Aronofsky.

Steve Humble, executive VP/managing director of production and development at The Martin Agency

Jackie Kelman Bisbeeexecutive producer/ownerPark Pictures, a leading producer of commercials and branded content, which diversified into features with Robot and Frank which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This year, she produced two films that premiered at Sundance: The Maya Forbes-directed “Infinitely Polar Bear” and the John Slattery-directed “God’s Pocket.” 

Justin Moore-Lewyexecutive producerHeLo. Since opening HeLo in 2013, he has produced numerous projects including the heralded Bud Light Super Bowl XLVIII offering Ian Up For Whatever directed by Jeff Tremaine, and the recent Tribeca Film Festival documentary “Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary” directed by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson. 

Multi-disciplinary Action: Directors 
A look at the evolving multi-disciplinary world of filmmakers who find their opportunities increasingly spanning varied content platforms from features to documentaries, TV and web series, shorts, commercials and branded entertainment. Hear from the directors themselves, including a 2014 Oscar® nominee and the filmmaker behind Chipotle's foray into episodic series. Plus, a perspective on the legal implications of shifting from one platform to the next. Register For Ticket Here
Director Laura Belsey, a veteran commercialmaker and director of episodic television. 
Brian Murphy, Advertising & Entertainment Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz 
Tim Piper, director of Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” 
Amir Bar-Lev whose work spans documentaries, features and branded content. His filmography includes a trio of Sundance Festival entries--"My Kid Could Paint That" in 2007, "The Tillman Story" in 2010 and "Happy Valley" in 2014--as well as the Paul McCartney-executive produced "12:12:12" documenting the Hurricane Sandy relief concert featuring performances by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters and Bruce Springsteen. In the branded entertainment arena, Bar-Lev directed the Hyundai-sponsored "Re:Generation Music Project" documentary, which debuted at the 2012 South by Southwest Festival.
The New Directors Showcase
The directors in this year's Showcase come from a wide variety of backgrounds. And, there are eight directors who do not yet have production house affiliations. The work entered in the 2014 New Directors Showcase search spanned documentaries, features, commercials, shorts, alternative media content, TV programs, music videos, spec and student fare. The body of selected work represents a far-reaching range of genres, styles, emotions and platforms, all reflected in SHOOT's 12th Annual New Directors Showcase Reel.
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 30 slots in the Showcase. Roberta Griefer, SHOOT Magazine Publisher, 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. Register For Ticket Here
The SHOOT NDS Class of 2014
The SHOOT 2014 12th Annual New Directors Showcase Reel features the following directors:
Rob Adamo
Ruben Barrientos
Alberto Belli
Jason Berger
Jonathan Bregel
Conor Byrne
Patrick Clair
Diego Contreras
Em Cooper
Stephen Frandsen
Scott & Jake Friedman
Logan Hall
J + J
Bess Kargman
David Kestin
Aaron Kodz
Lukas Korver
Brandon LaGanke
Montana Mann
Ari Merkin
Charles Nordeen
Kyle Padilla
Armen Perian
Bryan Reisberg
Tamara Rosenfeld
Romina Schwedler
Richard Speight, Jr.
Tank + Bunker
Ben Tedesco 
The Kloons
Arnaud Uyttenhove


We’re keeping company affiliations under wraps until the May 16th Issue is published.  On May 23, 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 16th Issue will have special "New Directors Showcase" Profile Section
The May 16th 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 22nd at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City. On May 23rd the mini-profiles will appear on SHOOTonline and in the The SHOOT>e.dition.  For companies interested in placing a "congratulations" Ad in the May 16th issue's New Directors Profile section, please contact or 203/227-1699, ext 13 for special Ad Rates, Specs and Samples of past "New Director Congratulations" Ads. Ad Material is due by Monday, May 12th. 
Register to Attend the May 22nd Event
Come to the Forum, See The Showcase Reel, Meet The Class of 2014, 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. Some of the companies already registered to attend: Register For Ticket Here
Arnold NYC
Association of Commercial Producers
Big Block
Bloomberg LP
Calvin Klein
Chelsea Pictures
Click 3X
Company 3
Della Femina
Deluxe Entertainment Services
Directors Guild of America
Frankfurt Kurnit
Home Box Office
Hungry Man
Hybrid Edit
Kids at Play Media
MacGuffin Films
Method Studios
Mother West
MRB Productions
One at Optimus
Palace Digital
Pop Fim Inc.
POP Sound
saatchi & saatchi
Smoke & Mirrors
Suffolk County Film Commission
The Artists Company
The In-House Agency Inc.
The Mill
The Weinstein Company
Unleaded Music
U.S. Virgin Islands Film Office
Warner Bros.


Event Sponsors
SHOOT thanks its Event Sponsors for making the SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum & New Directors Showcase Event possible.  The 2014 Event Sponsors, to date, include:


Become a Sponsor of the 2014 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
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, 2014. 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.
To see last year's SHOOT New Directors Showcase 2013 Web Reel please Click Here
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