Haifaa Al-Mansour, director of Wadjda
Haifaa Al-Mansour, director of Wadjda
Variety announced 10 directors and screenwriters to watch for the upcoming year. Out of the 20, 4 women were included, 2 for each. The directors will be profiled in the January 3rd issue of Variety.

Here are the women to watch for each category.


Haifaa Al-Mansour – Director and writer of Wadjda (Al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker).

Rebecca Thomas – Director and writer of Electrick Children.


Katie Dippold – Writer of The Heat (starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock), previously written for Parks and Recreation and MADtv.

Kelly Marcel – Writer of upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation and Saving Mr. Banks (starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson), previously written for Terra Nova.

Variety announces 10 Directors to Watch (Variety)

Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch (Variety)