February 25, 2024

A24 has a knack for converting new directors into viewers. Founded in 2012, the New York-based production company has garnered critical and audience acclaim for its unique brand of art-house filmmaking. Each A24 film offers filmmakers creative freedom, which results in cutting-edge stories that test the boundaries of cinema.

A24 has seen some great directors come and go, for example Denis Villeneuvefirst English language film, Enemy (2014), or comedian-turned-director Bo Burnham in the year Eight Levels (2018), and finally Barry JenkinIt won the Academy Award for Best Picture. moon (2016). The list goes on and on, but the trend seems to be that A24 directors are coming back for more, allowing these innovative filmmakers to tell their stories.

Updated March 15, 2023 by Hannah Saab:

A24 films were a big hit at the 95th Academy Awards, with such nods and wins. After the sun and the whale. it was, without a doubt Everything Everywhere Everything at once that stole the show, though, after cementing A24’s place as the studio’s best film to date with its seven Oscars (out of eleven nominations). Among his many awards is one for regular contributors to A24, The Danielswho received the Oscar for best director before giving emotional speeches praising the cast and crew for the film’s huge success.

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10 Joanna Hogg

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Joanna HoggHis most popular feature to the general audience is the numerous films starring Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. However, fans of the MCU will find Hogg’s films to be much more practical, depicting raw, real-time human interactions. The British filmmaker reached a wider audience with A24 a souvenir (2019) and Memorial II (2021) is a semi-autobiographical story dealing with toxic relationships.

a souvenir received rave reviews on its festival circuit, with audiences praising its realism. Hogg’s films often allow a scene to be acted out through improvisation, creating candid reactions that will ground the audience. Hogg’s true style unexpectedly carried over to his latest film under the banner A24, Forever daughter (2022).

9 Yorgos Lanthimos

Testing for Steven Martin in The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

A24 has produced two films from the unique mind of the ‘Greek Weird Wave’, Yorgos Lanthimos, lobster (2015) and Killing of a sacred deer (2017). Lanthimos stars in two films Colin Farrellwhich offers a similar form of depressing dialogue, but with dark humor.

lobster Farrell’s character finds himself at a retreat for singles trying to find love, facing being turned into an animal if they fail. Killing of a sacred deer It follows Farrell, an obsessive young man who chooses which of his children to sacrifice, brilliantly portrayed Barry Keoghan. Lanthimos’ A24 films find little concern in crafting a logical plot, but instead rely on moving stories and truthful dialogue to deliver his unique brand of dark comedy.

8 David Lowery

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David Lowery has built a career around productions including A24 and Disney. Lowery’s A24 projects, A Ghost Story (2017) and Green Night (2021) have been booked by Disney’s live-action adaptations Pete’s Dragon (2016) and Lowery’s next passion project Peter Pan and Wendy (April 28, 2023). Despite working with different production houses, Lowery continues to deliver his brand of existential drama fused with fantasy realism.

Lowery’s A24 projects continue discussions of death, memory and legacy. A Ghost Story a lonely spirit continues to watch time pass in vain, and The Green Knight (2017) sets an aspiring hero on a desperate quest to be remembered. Both films seem bleak at first glance, but given Lowery’s poetic visual optimism, both films are life-affirming.

7 Rose glass

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Rose glass turned the psychological horror film on its head Saint Maud (2019). Movie protagonists Morfydd Clark her newfound conviction as a hospital nurse goes too far. The favorable reviews of Glass prompted A24 to produce its follow-up film Love Lies in the blood (2023) starring Kristen Stewart.

Saint Maud (2019) demonstrated Glass’s ability to pack an emotional punch with very little, focusing on intimate characters in a claustrophobic setting. Glass’s ability to grip an audience in a tension-driven moment deserves all the attention of horror fans looking for fresh new filmmakers.

6 The Safdie Brothers

Connie in the back of the police car at the end of Good Time.

Cinema sisters Joshua Safdie and Benjamin Safdie They have built an impressive catalog of crime thrillers including A24 good time (2017) and Uncut gems (2019). Between directing, writing and producing their own films, even stepping in as cinematographers or editors, the Safdie brothers take a lot of creative control. Ben Safdie also dabbles in acting, with recent roles Licorice Pizza (2021) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022).

The Safdie Brothers films are praised for providing dense atmospheres of anxiety and strong performances in narratives depicting dirty streets and flawed characters. The brothers always seem to have a trick up their sleeve, so it’s exciting to see what they do next.

5 Sean Baker

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Sean Baker It eschews the glitz and glamor of modern filmmaking, but instead chooses to tell stories in the underbelly of society. Baker caught the attention of A24 mandarin (2015) which follows a sex worker who has been unfaithful to her pimp. A24 would generate Baker’s follow-ups Florida project (2017), protagonist Willem Dafoeand Red Rocket (2021) star of the return star Simon Rex.

All of Baker’s films focus their lens on unsavory environments not often shown in the media. Whether it’s about sex work, a single mother on the brink of homelessness, or an infamous adult movie star, Baker doesn’t shy away from adult subjects; but more importantly, it does not justify or condone these questionable characters, but rather shines a light on them.

4 Alex Garland


Alex Garlandfirst movie Old machine (2014), is undoubtedly the film that put A24 on the map. It won A24’s first Academy Award, taking home the trophy for Best Visual Effects, winning. star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). With Garland’s background in visual effects and screenwriting, the savvy filmmaker has become a staple at A24 with follow-up films; the annihilation (2018), the men (2022) and the following Civil War (TBA).

Garland continues to be innovative and thought-provoking with each entry and always pushes the boundaries of what science fiction can be. Garland tends to talk over his audience, hoping that they will catch on and eventually embrace his intellectual concepts. Fans hope that he never fails to encourage viewers to think outside the box.

3 Robert Eggers

Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin in The Witch

Robert Eggers He has become a master of A24’s historical accuracy, adapting real-world documentation to the horror films of his time. Let’s see his 17th century witch accounts Witch (2015) or the myths about the maddening of lighthouse keeper in the 19th century the lighthouse (2019), Eggers tries to tell these absurd historical stories almost verbatim.

What makes Egger’s films so compelling is his attention to authenticity, proving that truth can still be cinematic. Many viewers appreciate Eggers’s respect for historical accuracy amid a sea of ‚Äč‚Äčtitles suited to modernize the period setting. Egger’s success with A24 and beyond is proof that you don’t need to sugar coat history to make it entertaining.

2 Ari Aster

Toni Collette in 'The Hereditary'
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Ari Aster is a major force in modern horror behind instant classics, Hereditary (2018) and Midsummer (2019). Aster burst onto the scene Hereditaryreceiving numerous awards and commercial success, the film was won by A24 at the time (more than now EEAAO). MidsummerThe follow-up to folk horror Asters was also highly praised and fans can’t wait for Aster’s third project A24. Beau Is Scared (April 21, 2023) starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Aster’s direction ignited the arthouse horror trend, bringing independent filmmaking tactics and creative new twists to visual storytelling to deliver something truly compelling. Aster creates chilling atmospheres and directs brilliant performances that have cemented him as one of the best directors working today.

1 The Daniels

Evelyn Wang Everything Everywhere Everyone at once.
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The directorial duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert shakes up the sinister flavor of most A24 films with a refreshing dose of comedy and absurdity. Swiss army man (2016), stars Paul DanoNavarre who befriends a dead person (Daniel Radcliffe), and then there’s the latest Oscar-winning sensation, Everywhere Everywhere All at once (2022), starring Michelle Yeoh As a stressed-out business owner, wife and mother navigating the multiverse to stop an apocalyptic threat.

Both of Daniels’ films are incredibly unique and incredibly funny. They are able to balance morbid themes and cynical viewpoints with a wholesome optimism that makes their films so relatable and meaningful, in addition to being downright hilarious. Any filmmaker who can tell a profound existential drama through a bagel analogy (and win seven Oscars for it) is a force to be reckoned with.

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