Best Directorial Debuts of 2020

Nominated by participants of our December 2020 daily draw on Twitter to win a limited edition director pin set courtesy of Letterboxd and 70mm designed by Danny Haas.

Films are listed in alphabetical order. Any film that was submitted as an entry to the contest but is not their directorial debut (in the applicable field) is not listed. Includes mentioned shorts, miniseries, and films scheduled for release next year.

See also:
• Best Writing Debuts of 2020
• Craziest Movie Moments of 2020
• Best Needle Drops of 2020
• Best Movie Couples of 2020
• Best Acting Newcomers of 2020
• Best Movie Animals of 2020
• Best Movie Posters of 2020
• Best Shots of 2020
• Most 2020 Films of 2020

  • Apples
  • Away
  • Babyteeth
  • Beasts Clawing at Straws
  • Big Time Adolescence
  • Blow the Man Down
  • The Book of Sun
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • The Broken Hearts Gallery
  • Canvas
  • Cuties
  • Emma.
  • Extraction
  • The Father
  • Feels Good Man
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version
  • Freeland
  • Hamilton
  • His House
  • I May Destroy You
  • Jumbo
  • Last and First Men
  • Miss Juneteenth
  • Mogul Mowgli
  • My Name Is Pedro
  • Nine Days
  • No Hard Feelings
  • Nobody Knows I'm Here
  • One Night in Miami...
  • Palm Springs
  • The Platform
  • Porno
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Relic
  • Rent-A-Pal
  • The Rental
  • Saint Frances
  • Saint Maud
  • Schoolgirls
  • Selah and the Spades
  • Shithouse
  • Shiva Baby
  • Song Without a Name
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Speed Cubers
  • Summerland
  • The Surrogate
  • Swallow
  • Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
  • Tigertail
  • The Vast of Night
  • Yes, God, Yes