Each year, ''Filmmaker'' magazine compiles a list of 25 up-and-comers in indie film. Previous honorees include Ryan Gosling and Lena Dunham, so take a look at this year's names (and next year's stars).

By Keith Staskiewicz
September 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hannah Fidell

Her sophomore film, The Gathering Squall, screened at this year’s SXSW, and her third feature, A Teacher, is in postproduction.

Patrick Wang

Eschewing film studies for a degree in economics from MIT, Wang still found success with the theatrically released In the Family, for which he earned an Independent Spirit nomination.

Drea Copper and Zackary Canepari

Using the Internet for distribution, these two have made eight short documentary profiles of folks who exemplify California.

Penny Lane and Brian Frye

Despite her Beatlesque name, Lane and husband Frye are working on a found-footage doc about a very different icon: Richard Nixon.

Ornana

Ornana is a group of alums from Boston’s Emerson College who won an award at SXSW for their animated short (notes on) biology.

Julia Pott

Pott is an animator, and her Aardman-inspired short My First Crush has nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Alexa Karolinski

Her first feature, Om & Bella, is a doc about Karolinski’s grandmother and her roommate, both Holocaust survivors.

Ian Harnarine

His short Doubles With Slight Pepper — which won a Genie (a Canadian Oscar) — was exec-produced by his NYU teacher Spike Lee. It’s available on iTunes.

Chris Dapkins

Dapkins codirected The Swell Season, a documentary about the songwriting duo from Once and their subsequent tour.

Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq

These Birds Walk is Mullick and Tariq’s documentary about young homeless children living in a shelter in Pakistan.

Ag Rojas

Along with his own projects, Rojas has directed memorable music videos for the likes of Jack White and Spiritualized.

Kim Sherman

Producer Sherman’s latest project is the found-footage horror anthology V/H/S, currently available on VOD.

Ryan Coogler

Coogler’s first feature, Fruitvale, which he wrote and directed, is being produced by Forest Whitaker‘s company and costars The Help‘s Octavia Spencer.

Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims

These two documentarians turned two years of filming at a skate park into their debut, Only the Young.

Desiree Akhavan and Ingrid Junglemann

Collaborators who also date, Akhavan and Jungermann created and starred in the Web series The Slope.

Cutter Hodierne

After filming U2 on the road, Hodierne earned an award at Sundance for his short Fishing Without Nets, about Somali pirates.

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva

Mayer and Leyva have racked up millions of views online for their surreal videos.

Jonas Carpignano

Having worked on the crew of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Carpignano has also shot a nonfiction short about racial conflict in Italy.

Terrence Nance

Nance made An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, a romantic feature film that mixes animation and live action.

Wu Tsang

His nonfiction film Wildness homes in on the Silver Platter, an L.A. transsexual bar.

Alexandre Moors

Moors is a music-video veteran who’s worked with Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West.

Ian Clark

Not only a filmmaker, Clark also co-programs the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

Julia Garner

Garner’s acting résumé includes a breakout role in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Their film Call Me Kuchu documents the LGBT community in Uganda.

Treva Wurmfeld

Wurmfeld’s documentary Shepard & Dark depicts the friendship between actor-playwright Sam Shepard and his former father-in-law.

Soon to hit its 20th anniversary, Filmmaker covers the world of independent film. To learn more about this year’s 25 New Faces, pick up the latest issue or go to filmmakermagazine.com.

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