New Directors Prize

The New Directors Prize is awarded to the director of a debut narrative feature that is an Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival. It is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award. Films selected to compete for the New Directors Prize are first narrative features that exhibit a unique artistic sensibility or vision. An independent jury of film professionals from various fields screens the international selections during the Festival. The New Directors Prize will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on May 7.


The Amazing Catfish
Claudia Sainte-Luce, Mexico

The Blue Wave
Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan, Turkey/ Germany/Netherlands/Greece

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Ethiopia

The Dune
Yossi Aviram, France/Israel

History of Fear
Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina/ France/Germany/Uruguay/Qatar

Manos Sucias
Josef Wladyka, USA/Colombia

Of Horses and Men
Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/ Germany

Salvation Army
Abdellah Taïa, Morocco

South Is Nothing
Fabio Mollo, Italy/France

Trap Street
Vivian Qu, China

White Shadow Noaz Deshe, Italy/Germany/Tanzani



New Directors Jury

Scott Macaulay
is a New York-based film producer and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmmaker Magazine. As a producer, with his partner, Robin O'Hara and his production company, Forensic Films, Macaulay has produced or executive produced many award-winning features including Raising Victor Vargas; Harmony Korine's Gummo and julien donkey-boy; Saving Face; Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning What Happened Was; Macaulay and O'Hara are the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award for their producing work in independent film. In 2005 Macaulay created for IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) the IFP Narrative Labs, a filmmaker mentorship program specifically focused on post-production, festival strategy and distribution.

co-founder Jonathan Marlow is an accomplished cinematographer, curator and composer as well as a director with over a dozen films of assorted durations to his credit. In the two decades prior to his role as Chief Content Officer at Fandor, Marlow was affiliated with numerous film exhibition institutions, film festivals and technology-centric film distribution companies such as Amazon, VUDU and others). Concurrently, Marlow frequently writes about cinema for Keyframe and a number of other publications. He is known to host screenings throughout the world showcasing remarkable works that are generally unavailable elsewhere.

Ella Taylor
teaches at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema and writes movie reviews and features for, as well as The Wrap, Elle Magazine, The New York Times Arts and Leisure section and other publications.