Filmmaker Magazine has a long history of discovering new filmmakers. There are few sources of indie filmmaking as serious and accurate at scouting new talent. While other publications rely almost entirely on shooting fish in a barrel, "discovering" talent that have been "discovered, say, after your film wins at Sundance, or you sign with William Morris, Filmmaker actually digs and finds new people and takes chances. Countless no budge names have found the list in the last 10 years, from Andrew Bujalski to Ronald Bronstein to Lena Dunham, well before they were known entities. This year, four filmmakers with films on NoBudge are on the list: Nandan Rao (The Men of Dodge City), Andrew Droz Palermo (A Face Fixed), Josephine Decker (Me The Terrible), and Lauren Wolkstein (Social Butterfly), and more to come. From Filmmaker:
We like to think that our “25 New Faces” provides a snapshot of the young independent filmmaking community, and if any conclusions can be drawn from this year’s list it’s that the DIY imperative has combined with the democratization of filmmaking tools to create filmmakers with astonishingly robust skill sets.