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 content, short 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, colorists, composers, 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!

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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


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


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Work Directed By . . .

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 @FreeTheWork and use the hashtags #FreeTheWork 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

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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!

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