Behold – the dawn of our MONTHLY edition of Here’s The Work! *cue choir of angels*

Although the frequency of our Here’s The Work newsletters has changed, our focus remains the same: we’re thoroughly committed to showcasing the incredible work of Free The Bid directors!

This newsletter represents a curated selection of the commercials, branded contentshort films, and music videos that were directed by the talented directors in Free The Bid’s global database and released this month!

We also wanted to pay a special tribute to the Free The Bid directors whose work screened at the 2019 Sundance Festival this month.

Of course, the filmmakers on our database have also been hard at work on feature films, documentaries, episodic TV, webseries, innovation projects, and even more!

Bear in mind, too, that while this list showcases the work of Free The Bid directors, our site also is a one-stop shop for discovering editors, coloristscomposers, and DOPs. A commitment to freeing the bid doesn’t just stop at hiring a woman director – enrich your crews with women across production roles!

Now that that’s out of the way, scroll down, dig in, and start discovering!




This year’s Sundance Film Festival was an incredible showcase of talented women directors. The lineup included the following Free The Bid directors, including Free The Bid founder Alma Har’el, who made her narrative feature debut with her film Honey Boy!

A massive congrats, all!

Sundance has made a huge recent effort to diversify its programming, and the 2019 festival is proof that these efforts are gradually beginning to pay off. As reported by Indiewire, this year’s lineup, “boasts 47 features directed by women (39 percent) and 39 shorts directed by women (53 percent). All told, 45 percent of all short and feature films at this year’s festival were directed by women.”

As of the time of this newsletter, many of these films have been acquired for streaming and theatrical release, so be sure to go to see them when you can!

A.V. Rockwell | U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS | “Feathers” | LINK
Alison Klayman | U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION | “The Brink” | LINK
Alma Har’el | U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION | “Honey Boy” | LINK
Jenn Nkiru, Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Kamasi Washington, & Marc Thomas | U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS | “As Told To G/D Thyself” | LINK
Liza Mandelup | U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION | “Jawline” | LINK
Lulu Wang | U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION | “The Farewell” | LINK 
Minhal Baig | U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION | “Hala” | LINK  
Nikyatu Jusu  | U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS | “Suicide By Sunlight” | LINK
Nisha Ganatra | PREMIERES | “Late Night” | LINK
Nonny de la Peña | NEW FRONTIERS: EXHIBITIONS | “Reach” | LINK


The following examples of commercials, branded content, short films, and music videos were directed by directors from our database and released in January 2019.

Remember – this is a curated selection of the work released in January. If you are a Free The Bid director, please be sure to contact us about your work before our next Here’s The Work deadline (Friday, February 22th) in order to be considered for inclusion in our February newsletter.

See your work on the list? Let’s celebrate! Share across social media – tag us at @FreeTheBid and use the hashtags #FreeTheBid and #HeresTheWork!

Remember! This list is alphabetical, so don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom!


Alicia MacDonald | Jaguar I-PACE | Spark 44 London | Missing Link Films | LINK
Alison Roberto | Hint Water | LINK
Amber Schaeffer | KAYAK | The Martin Agency | Spang TV | INTERVIEW
Belen Capdevila | Durex Spain | La Joya | Antonella Perillo Agency | LINK 
Canister | RFE Sports/ Adidas | Five Fifty Five Productions | LINK
Cheryl Isaacson | Waymo | Lincoln Street Studios | LINK
Chloe Wallace | Arla Lactofree | Wieden + Kennedy London | Canada | LINK
Columbia Tatone | CTCA, “Speed of Care” | Yamamoto, Civilian | HR&O | LINK
Crystal Moselle | Kertjes | Antoni | Anorak Film | LINK
Devi Brulé | I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter | Whosay | LINK 
Fiona McGee | McDonalds | DDB New Zealand | Goodoil Films | LINK
Jaci Judelson | Ram Truck, “Make Sure of It” | Doner | Tool of North America | LINK

Jasmin Tarasin
| Virgin Australia | DDB | Photoplay | LINK
JJ Adler | Geico | The Martin Agency | m ss ng p eces | INTERVIEW
Katie Swain | Weetabix | BBH | Black Sheep Studios/Dark Energy | LINK
Katja Oortman | Tchibo DC | Freunde des Hauses, Hamburg | BLM | LINK
Kim Gehrig | Gillette/P&G, “We Believe” | Grey NY | Somesuch | LINK
Laerke Herthoni | CHOC | Vitro | Iconoclast | INTERVIEW
Lisa Gunning | Subaru | Carmichael Lynch | Imperial Woodpecker | LINK
Natalie Prisco (JEAN) | Pizza Hut | GSD&M | Community Films | LINK 
Natalie Prisco (JEAN) | | Pereira O’Dell | Community Films | LINK
Nicole Ackermann | The Economist | Proximity London | Flare Productions | LINK
Paloma | Casper | NERD Productions | LINK  
Paola Kudacki | L’Oreal | McCann | Believe Media | LINK  
Siri Bunford | Saga | VCCP | Knucklehead | LINK






Agostina Galvez | Valentino | Radical Media | LINK 
Alice Felgate | “Deuce” | Ritz-Carlton | Hearst UK | LINK
Canister | Heathrow | One Green Bean | Canister Studio | LINK
Christine Yuan | Prada | Matte Projects | LINK
Clara Cullen| Airbnb | Image Partnership | LINK
Emma Miranda Moore | “100%” | Ritz-Carlton | LINK
Henry/Ssong | Abu Dhabi Dept. of Culture and Tourism | M&C Saatchi | Station Film | LINK  
Jade Jackman | Gucci, CHIME FOR CHANGE, “The Future is Fluid” | Irregular Labs | LINK  
Kanyessa McMahon | Capitol Records | Suddenly There Productions | LINK 
Liz Sargent | “Stranger’s Reunion” | Ritz-Carlton | LINK
Mary John Frank | “A Smartphone User’s Guide to Etiquette” | The Light & Rascals | LINK
Nathalie Canguilhem | NOWNESS, Saint Laurent | Superprime Films | LINK
Nicola Powell | Vogue Germany x Nike | Glutamat | LINK
Tiffany Frances | Montiel, “Live in Color” | REALnew Collective | Valiant Pictures | LINK  






Abbie Stephens | Channel 4 “Observations On Relationships” | Blink | INTERVIEW  
Bola Ogun | “Hangry” (trailer) | LINK
Joya Berrow and Lucy Jane | “Surf Girls Jamaica” | Gallivant Film, Little Dot | INTERVIEW
Lisa Boostani | “The Oracle” | | LINK
Maren Langer | “Just Floating” | LINK
Marieli Fröhlich | “Stop” | Little Sphinx | LINK
Mary Dauterman | “Pumbucha” | LINK
Meredith Danluck | Vogue, “Sex Object” | LINK
Meriem Adib | “Mum” | NERD Productions | LINK
Nikyatu Jusu | “Suicide By Sunlight” | INTERVIEW 
Rei Nadal | V Magazine, “Stalker” | Prettybird | LINK
Sallyanne Massimini | “N.I.” | Palo Pictures | LINK
Veronica Mengoli “VeroNike” | “Cheat Day” | Antonella Perillo Agency | LINK
Victoria Stevens | “Women’s March” | INTERVIEW






Aimee-Lee X. Curran | Ruben Neeson, “Cut the Branch” | LINK
Diana Kunst & Mau Morgó | Rosalía, “DE AQUÍ NO SALES (Cap.4: Disputa)” | O Creative Studios | LINK
Director Kit | MX Blouse, “No Match” | Darling | LINK
Emma Westenberg | Troye Sivan, “Lucky Strike” | Partizan | INTERVIEW
Fanny Hoetzeneder | Adelphi Music Factory, “Calling Out Your Name” | Knucklehead | LINK  
Fiona Jane Burgess | Stella Donnelly, “Old Man” | Lez Creative | LINK
Floria Sigismondi | Dua Lipa, “Swan Song” (from “Alita: Battle Angel”) | MAAVEN | LINK
Gabriela Larrain | Villa Cariño – Cliché | LINK
Giraffe Studios | Susy Sun, “Calling You The Same” | LINK
Hannah Lux Davis | Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” | London Alley | LINK
Karni & Saul | Sivan Talmor, “Sad Heart” | LINK 



Lacey Duke | Summer Walker, “Clear” (Live Performance) | LINK
Lesly Lynch | Léonie Pernet Feat. Hanaa Ouassim, “Auaati (Official Video)” | LINK 
Mathilde Nocquet | Nasser Baker, “Say Something” | LINK
Maureen Towey | Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen” | LINK
Millicent Hailes | Terror Jr., “Pretty” | SixTwentySix | LINK 
Millicent Hailes | Terror Jr., “Terrified” | SixTwentySix | INTERVIEW
Quinn Wilson | Lizzo, “Juice” | LINK
Rianne White | The Ninth Wave, “Half Pure” | Partizan | LINK
Savanah Leaf | Gary Clark Jr., “This Land” |  Doomsday Entertainment | LINK
Shahana Khan | Micah James, “Fall Back” | LINK



Whew! You made it to the end! We’d give you a medal, but honestly, the incredible work you’ve gotten to discover is a reward in and of itself.

We’ll see you in February, when we’ll be rounding up the work of Free The Bid directors in this year’s Super Bowl ads, alongside all other incredible commercials, branded content, short films and music videos!