Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. Image courtesy of GOOD MACHINE / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.

As with any film festival, screenings are bound to be immediately followed by endless dissection and conversation by attendees. Some viewers may feel quite out of the loop amidst the sea of cinephiles crowding our various venues. For those planning on attending, don't worry—we have you covered with this extensive list of filmmakers who have previously participated in the New York Film Festival and will be returning for our 50th edition. There's still have time to bone up on your NYFF knowledge so you can provide a well-planned, researched rebuttal to any of those who claim “I liked it, but it wasn't as good as…” Grab a pen and pad or open your Netflix queues and begin some preparatory mini-festivals of your own!

Ang Lee: Life of Pi
The Ice Storm (NYFF '97)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (NYFF '00)

Michael Haneke: Amour
Benny's Video (NYFF '92)
Caché (NYFF '05)
The White Ribbon (NYFF '09)

Christian Mungiu: Beyond the Hills
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (NYFF '07)

Lee Daniels: The Paperboy
Precious (NYFF '09)

Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha
Kicking and Screaming (NYFF '95)
The Squid and the Whale (NYFF '05)
Margot at the Wedding (NYFF '07)

Christian Petzold: Barbara
Dreileben (Part One: Beats Being Dead) (NYFF '11)

Paolo & Vittorio Taviani's The Night of Shooting Stars. Image courtesy of RAI/AGER / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.

Paolo & Vittorio Taviani: Caesar Must Die
Padre Padrone (NYFF '77)
The Night of Shooting Stars (NYFF '82) 
Chaos (NYFF '85) 
Night Sun (NYFF '90)   
Fiorile (NYFF 93)  
You Laugh (NYFF '98) 

Alan Berliner: First Cousin Once Removed 
Intimate Stranger, Short Film (NYFF '91) 
Nobody's Business (NYFF '96) 
My Life in Pink (NYFF '97)
Translating Edward Honig: A Poet's Alzheimer's, Short Film (NYFF '10)

Leos Carax: Holy Motors
Boy Meets Girl (NYFF '84)
Bad Blood (NYFF '87)
Lovers on the Bridge (NYFF '91)
Sans Titre, Short Film (NYFF '97) 
Pola X (NYFF '99)

Lucien Casting-Taylor: Leviathan (Co-Director)
Sweetgrass, Co-Director (NYFF '09)

Abbas Kiarostami: Like Someone in Love
And Life Goes On… (NYFF '92)
Through the Olive Trees (NYFF '94)
Taste of Cherry (NYFF '97)
Ten (NYFF '02) 
Certified Copy (NYFF '10)

Valeria Sarmiento: Lines of Wellington
Amelia Lópes O'Neill (NYFF '91)

Raúl Ruiz's Mysteries of Lisbon. Image courtesy of CLAP FILMES / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.

Raúl Ruiz: Night Across the Street
Dog's Dialogue, Short Film (NYFF '80)
Three Crowns of the Sailor (NYFF '84)
City of Pirates (NYFF '85)
The Golden Boat (NYFF '90)
Three Lives and Only One Death (NYFF '96)
Time Regained (NYFF '99)
Comedy of Innocence (NYFF '00)
Mysteries of Lisbon (NYFF '10)

Pablo Larraín: No
Tony Manero (NYFF '08)  
Post Mortem (NYFF '10)

Brian De Palma: Passion
Redacted (NYFF '07)

Olivier Assayas: Something in the Air
Cold Water (NYFF '94)
Irma Vep (NYFF '96)
Late August, Early September (NYFF '98)
Summer Hours (NYFF '08)
Carlos (NYFF '10)

Alain Resnais: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Muriel (NYFF '63, the first festival!)
Far From Vietnam (NYFF '67)
The War is Over (NYFF '68) 
Je t'aime, je t'aime (NYFF '68)
Stavisky (NYFF '74)
Life is a Bed of Roses (NYFF '83)
Mélo (NYFF '87)
Same Old Song (NYFF '98) 
Private Fears in Public Places (NYFF '06)
Wild Grass (NYFF '09)