2015 is nearing its close, but there are still female filmmakers yet to see on the big screen in Sacramento, CA. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm stated recently that the Star Wars franchise will soon hire a female filmmaker to direct one of the films. This would be a huge step forward for female directors who normally find opportunity in independent projects.

Number One: Veronika Franz

1. Ich bin immer Angst! Goodnight Mommy rated R, is directed by female writer and director Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Critics are calling this film “intriguing,” “chilling” and “perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts.” Now playing at the Tower Theater 2508 Land Park Dr Sacramento CA 916.422.4700

Number Two: Ava Duvernay

2. Ava Duvernay, winner of the 2012 Best Director Prize at the Sundance Filmfestival, and director of Selma, became the first African American female to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. The Golden Globe nomination got the industry buzzing about Ava’s Oscar potential, being the first African American female to be nominated in the Best Picture category as well. Producers who worked on Selma call her an alchemist and many speculate that Oscar might me saving some of the accolades for her next project. Awesome Video 4524 Freeport Blvd Sacramento, CA 916.731.4720.

Number Three: Sarah Gavron

3. Suffragette set to release October 23 is directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Abi Morgan author of The Iron Lady, and stars Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, and Ben Whishaw. Most women would agree that it’s great to see the story of women’s suffrage depicted in a hearty drama on the big screen. This picture already has critics buzzing about Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Picture in 2016. Now Playing -Limited release/ Coming Soon. Keep an eye out for additional theaters. Cinemark and AMC Deer Valley 16 Antioch, CA

Number Four: Angelina Jolie

4. Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial project, By the Sea, written, directed, and starring Angelina Jolie alongside Brad Pitt, collaborating once again with Universal Studios for its distribution. Industry experts say that both Universal Studios and Sony Pictures are the two most active companies currently producing and distributing the work of female filmmakers. Jolie’s last filmUnbroken was made with a budget of $65 million and grossed over $160 million worldwide. Unbroken is said to have exceeded all box office expectations of the film. By the Sea releases November 13.

Number Five: Catherine Hardwicke

5. Miss You Already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, and Dominic Cooper is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work on the independent film Thirteen, starring Evan Rachel Wood. She is also the director of the classic skateboarding film Lords of Dogtown.Miss You Already releases November 6 and is playing at Century Theaters, located all over Sacramento including Downtown, Elk Grove, and 1590 Ethan Way Sacramento, CA 916.922.4241

m.wilson is a freelance writer and resident of Sacramento. Author of The Fabulous Sutro. Follow her on Twitter @livredoux