Directors Close-Up

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


Directors Close-Up Series Passes are available now to Film Independent Members and the general public. Not a Member? Join now.

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.

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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.