Filmmaker of the Year

Every year as part of our annual Rewind series in December we hand out four superlative awards, choosing a single Movie, Filmmaker, Performer, and Scene of the Year. In this archive, you will find our selections for Filmmaker of the Year starting in 2014.

Explore the Filmmaker of the Year archives

Filmmaker Of The Year Steve Mcqueen 2020

Filmmaker of the Year (2020): Steve McQueen

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The director’s ‘Small Axe’ anthology challenged film’s definition by exploring deeply personal stories in a radically varied and cinematic manner.

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Filmmaker of the Year (2019): Martin Scorsese

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This year, we celebrate a perennial favorite.

Netflix

Filmmaker of the Year (2018): Netflix

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In which we honor our streaming overlords and all the talent they empowered in 2018.

Rewind Filmmaker Greta Gerwig

Filmmaker of the Year (2017): Greta Gerwig

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A round of applause for the woman who made the best-reviewed film of all time on her first try. 

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Filmmaker of the Year (2016): A24

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The reason anyone saw the year’s best movies, A24 is a force for cinematic good.

George Miller

Filmmaker of the Year (2015): George Miller, The Mad Genius Who Never Let Go of Mad Max

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Filmmaker of the Year. For 2015, that honor goes to George Miller. Here’s why.

Ava Duvernay On Set Selma

Filmmaker of the Year (2014): Ava DuVernay

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Filmmaker of the Year. For 2014, that honor goes to Ava DuVernay. Here’s why.

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Filmmaker of the Year (2013): Steve McQueen

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Every year, Film School Rejects names a Filmmaker of the Year. For 2013, that honor goes to Steve McQueen. Here’s why.