Debra Granik

Nominated for Best Director


Director: Leave No Trace


Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik, from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.


Debra Granik is the director of Winter’s Bone, featuring Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes, which was nominated for four Oscars® including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Anne Rosellini. Her first film Down to the Bone, starring Vera Farmiga, won the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Festival. In 2015, Granik’s Stray Dog, a feature documentary, aired on PBS and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Leave No Trace was released in June after screening in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2018. She is currently finishing a film about four men in NYC re-building their lives after incarceration.