The list of up-and-coming helmers is chosen annually through surveys of industry insiders as well as Variety's critics, editors and reporters.
The 2011 selections are:
Richard Ayoade ("Submarine")
Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House")
Ed Gass-Donnelly ("Small Town Murder Songs")
Elgin James ("Little Birds")
Patrick Lussier ("Drive Angry")
Baran Bo Odar ("The Silence")
Andre Ovredal ("The Troll Hunter")
Denis Villeneueve ("Incendies")
Juanita Wilson ("As If I Am Not There")
Jason Winer ("Arthur")
Full profiles of the helmers will be included in Variety's Directors to Watch issue on Jan. 7. The helmers will be feted at a reception held Jan. 9 as part of the Palm Springs Film Festival.