Female filmmakers don't often get the spotlight they deserve, especially because there are so few of them in the industry. Though I can't say I've seen every film directed (or codirected) by a woman this year (notably Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie), I've seen a good 50 or so. It doesn't seem like a lot compared to the number of films out there, but in a profession that's still difficult for women to navigate, 50 is a relatively large number. And it's enough to narrow down the cream of the crop.
To keep the list as tight as possible, I've (a little shamefully) stuck to narrative features rather than documentaries -- but Laura Poitras' Citizenfour, Petra Costa's Elena, and Lina Pliolplyte's Advanced Style are a few docs to view. I've also limited the list to ten, so here are some that just missed the bar: Lynn Shelton's Laggies, Susanna Fogel's Life Partners, Signe Baumane's Rocks in my Pockets, and Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness.
Here are 2014's ten best female-directed films, a couple of which won't screen in Miami for another few weeks.