A new face appears every day in the world of filmmaking. Artists make their way into the moviemaking world, hoping to be the next auteur, blockbuster creator, or inspiration for future generations. In addition, many exciting new directors are creating feature and short films in hopes of getting noticed by audiences and the small to major studios. Young filmmakers know this and are constantly emerging, taking advantage of streaming platforms or festival markets with the same mission to showcase their vision.

Filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Spike Lee, Edgar Wright, and Sofia Coppola started at a young age in cinema and continue making thought-provoking films to this day. The advancement in moviemaking technology has allowed young filmmakers to create shorts, music videos, and even low-budget movies in the palm of their hands. The dedication of these filmmakers will become household names in the cinema world. With these upcoming young filmmakers, their stories and visual sense will be shared with audiences and become a new voice in Hollywood.

Raven Jackson

The multi-talented artist comes from Tennessee and is gaining attention in filmmaking. An accomplished poet, photographer, and filmmaker, Jackson shows no sign of slowing down. Jackson’s short film All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt was made in partnership with studios like PASTEL and A24. The short film has garnered recognition from the Tribeca Film Institute and won the Narrative South Pitch Competition at New Orleans Film Festival. Her art delves into the indefinable experiences and emotions and the body’s relationship to nature.

Jackson’s style has tapped into familiar filming territories with a new spin by shooting her 2018 short Nettles on 16mm. It currently runs on the Criterion Channels streaming service. In addition, auteur filmmaker Berry Jenkins has recognized her talent. The two are presently collaborating on Jackson’s first feature film.

Filippos Tsapekis

Since attending New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, this Greek filmmaker has steadily climbed to recognition. Tsapekis’s original career started in copywriting after he studied at the American College of Greece when his passion for film came calling. The award-winning director has worked on 20 projects for multiple international clients. His talent for weaving an artistic vision has been used in TV commercials, short films, music videos, promotional videos, and more.

Tsapekis’s artistic vision stems from communicating and sharing intriguing messages through his projects. Tsapekis’s latest short film, 9 to 5, has been to multiple festivals worldwide, receiving more than 35 awards. The dystopian dark comedy story circles a society where tiredness is illegal and comes with distinctively severe punishments. Currently, Tsapekis is writing his first feature film and is in pre-production for his next short movie, Starlet.

Karam Gill

Gill is another filmmaker with his finger on innovative storytelling’s pulse. The Los Angeles-based director has been featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 and was one of Variety’s Top 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch. His heavily stylized directing is a blending of both documentary and narrative aesthetics. Gill uses this skill to showcase a level of pop culture as an entry point to examine more significant social issues in today’s world.

The Chapman University Alumni majored in business administration but shifted his career goals to make the groundbreaking documentary G Funk. The film premiered at SXSW when he was just 22. Gill’s past projects include the docuseries, Supervillain, about notorious rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. The Showtime documentary was produced by Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and examined the digital culture of manufactured celebrities. Gill continues his hard work with his team at MGX Creative, where he’s the Creative Director of the film production in LA.

Jérémy Comte

Comte is a Canadian film from Quebec that fellow Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve recognizes. Villeneuve quoted, “This guy is a strong new voice, and his work is super-cinematic, with a strong sense of tension creating a very singular atmosphere.” The Blade Runner 2049 continues, “There’s a tremendous amount of crazy talent out there.” Many in the cinema world share this sentiment as Comte’s short film with the multi-winning Fauve at the Sundance Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.

The graduate of  Concordia University, Montreal, majored in film production back in 2013 and has been steadily making films since 18-years-old. His first short documentary, Feel The Hill, was driven by his passion for skateboarding and landed him a world tour with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The time connected the director with nature and curiosity about the human condition. Traveling around the globe deepened his knowledge of that world and bettered his directing style.

Comte is working on a coming-of-age story that observes the parallel stories of two boys from Ghana and Quebec.

Ozlem Altingoz

Horror is a genre that has gained a strong fanbase since created decades ago. John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and George Romero have become household names through their horror films. Filmmaker Ozlem Altingoz is no exception. The Turkish-born director has been making big cinema waves for five years. The horror world recognized Altingo’s talent thanks to her short films Daughter of the Lake and Birth.

The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles alums‘ overall view of film aligns with the idea of telling ingenuity stories that trigger a genuine reaction with practical effects. So it’s the director/writer/producer’s vision that allowed her film, Birth, to premiere at the 2018 Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner. Her work has won over 40 awards throughout many film festivals, which continues to grow.


These filmmakers are part of the future and advancement of the film world. Their skills for displaying provocative storytelling with the aid of film show that the art of cinema will never die. Altingoz, Gill, Jackson, Comte, and Tsapekis strive to become filmmaking legends. Their passion fuels them and others never to slow down and understand that these narratives are needed for the moviegoing experience.