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Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film


Unlike any other film event in the Pacific Northwest, the 25 New Faces of Independent Film program offers a unique opportunity to screen and discuss trendsetting independent films with some of the industry's most distinguished young directors, actors and actresses, producers, screenwriters, and cinematographers at the Tacoma Film Festival.

Filmmaker Magazine's List of 25

The 25 New Faces are named each year by the United States' leading cinema periodical, Filmmaker Magazine, and inclusion on the list of 25 has become one of the most prestigious honors a young filmmaker can receive.

Prior Year Nominees

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The first list included directors Jessica Yu and Jamie Babbitt, actor Peter Sarsgaard, d.p. Amy Vincent, and composers Nathan Larson and Craig Wedren. They have been joined over the years by an incredible group of directors, writers, d.p.s, editors, production designers, and actors who have indeed remade and remodeled independent film. 

For many of Filmmaker Magazine's readers, the 25 New Faces feature is where they've discovered early on Girls creator Lena Dunham, Drive star Ryan Gosling, The Crash Reel director Lucy Walker, multi-hyphenate Miranda July, Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli, and Pete's Dragon (2016) director David Lowery among dozens of others.

2016's 25 New Faces

There were more than 20 filmmaker present at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival for each of the films in this list. See the complete list of the 2016 25 New Faces honorees hereSee Filmmaker Magazine's honoree list from 2015 here.

The Tacoma Film Festival is the only program of its kind in the world that gathers the 25 New Faces filmmakers in one space to watch and discuss their films with audiences at one time. 

Meet The 'Makers in Tacoma

See our Facebook page for information about which of these honorees traveled to join us at TFF 2016. 

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