44th ND/NF filmmaker and talent group shot from the opening night party at MoMA on March 18: Judith Lou Lévy (actress
in Benjamin Crotty's Fort Buchanan), Benjamin Crotty, Zia Anger (I Remember Nothing, Shorts Program 2), Britni West
(Tired Moonlight), Adam Ginsberg (DP, Tired Moonlight), Stephen Gurewitz, (sound mixer, Tired Moonlight), Marielle Heller
(The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Kornél Mundruczó (White God), Nora Fingscheidt (Boulevard's End, Shorts Program 1),
Philip Leutert (DP, Boulevard's End), Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again), Nicholas Elliott (Icarus, Shorts Program 2).
Photo by Godlis.

As New Directors/New Films heads into its final stretch, FilmLinc takes a look at images from this year's edition so far.

For 44 years, ND/NF has been a beacon for audiences to see some of the best work by filmmakers who are relatively new in their craft. Many of this year's filmmakers will surely go on to shape cinema in the decades to come, following in the footsteps of the festival's past directors, including Spike Lee, Margarethe von Trotta, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodóvar,Terence Davies, Hou Hsiao-hsien, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Sally Potter, Chen Kaige, Agnieszka Holland, Michael Haneke, and Wong Kar Wai.

Founded in 1972 as a co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New Directors/New Films has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. Even as the production and exhibition of cinema have dramatically evolved over the decades, the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain a constant.

ND/NF opened with Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl last Wednesday and will close this coming Sunday with Rick Alverson's Entertainment.

Check out interviews with 44th ND/NFfilmmakers: Stevan Riley (Listen to Me Marlon); Salomé Alexi (Line of Credit); Chaitanya Tamhane (Court); Benjamin Crotty (Fort Buchanan); Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again)
Lukas Valenta Rinner (Parabellum); Bill and Turner Ross (Western); Darhad Erdenibulag and Emyr ap Richard (K); Stéphane Lafleur (Tu dors Nicole); Naji Abu Nowar (Theeb); Shim Sung-bo (Haemoo)
Britni West (Tired Moon); Bas Devos (Violet); Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

[For 44th ND/NF ticketing and schedules, click here.]

ND/NF selection committee members: shorts programmer Dan Sullivan, of the Film Society, MoMA's Clay Farland, 
MoMA's Josh Siegel, the Film Society's Dennis Lim and Marian Masone, MoMA Dept. of Film head Rajendra Roy,
Film Comment editor Gavin Smith, and shorts programmer Sophie Cavoulacos. Sadly, not pictured is selection committee
member Jytte Jensen, who passed away this week. Photo by Godlis.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller with Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard (left) and
Michael Barker at the opening night of ND/NF at MoMA. SPC will open the film later this year. Photo by Godlis.

Filmmaker Eugène Green (NYFF52's La Sapienza) with ND/NF short filmmaker Nicholas Elliott (Icarus).
Photo by Julie Cunnah.

Following the opening screening of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, ND/NF revelers enjoyed the party held in the main
lobby at MoMA. Photo by Julie Cunnah.

Actress Amber Tamblyn (TV's Two and a Half Men, X/Y, Django Unchained) came to check things out opening night
of the 44th New Directors New Films series. Photo by Godlis.

Fort Buchanan director Benjamin Crotty at ND/NF. The North American premiere of his film is taking place at the festival,
which continues through March 29. Photo by Godlis.

Hungarian-born director Kornél Mundruczó gives his take on his film, White God at ND/NF. The film won the Un Certain
Regard Award at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Katrina Whalen

Tired Moonlight director Britni West takes part in an audience Q&A after a screening of her film at the Walter Reade
Theater. ND/NF screenings take place at the Film Society and MoMA. Photo by Godlis.