Directors Close-Up

The annual Directors Close-Up features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of directing.


Directors Close-Up 2017 has concluded. We’ll see you next year!

Over the past decade, Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up has featured some of today’s most acclaimed and accomplished filmmakers discussing their craft in fascinating detail.

View the Directors Close-Up Schedule for more details.

No other event drills down so thoroughly to give attendees an insight into the creative process—these are conversations with filmmakers, moderated by filmmakers, for filmmakers and film lovers.

Recent Directors Close-Up speakers include:

  • Ben Affleck (ArgoThe Town)
  • Damien Chazelle (La La LandWhiplash)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men)
  • Ava DuVernay (Selma, Middle of Nowhere)
  • Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused)
  • James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now)
  • Justin Simien (Dear White People)

The Directors Close-Up consists of five unique events over the course of five weeks in February and March, with each night focusing on a different aspect of filmmaking craft. Each event concludes with a hosted reception giving attendees the opportunity to meet their peers and forge new relationships with like-minded people.