The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.
Behind every great film there is its director, the captain of the ship, guiding the project from page to screen. This years selection of championed auteurs runs the gamut from revered masters still performing at the top of their game decades into their career, to young up-and-coming filmmakers whose impact on the medium has been powerful and immediate, and whose influence may yet be felt for years to come. Here's our list:
Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Ryland Aldrich, Brian Clark, Ben Umstead, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ard Vijn, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Niels Matthijs, Patrick Holzapfel, Kurt Halfyard, Christopher O'Keeffe, Dustin Chang, J Hurtado, Jim Tudor, Ben Croll, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and Kwenton Bellette
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