Directors: Promising Directors–Laszlo Nemes, Matt Ross, Elizabeth Wood (White Girl)

Variety has published its annual list of 10 Directors to Watch for 2016, a group of international filmmakers. The list represents a cross-section of studio and independent talents, working in Hollywood and overseas.

All but three of the directors are making their feature debuts. Joining these neophytes is Colombian helmer Ciro Guerra who had two films in Cannes Film Fest.

Peter Landesman’s sophomore “Concussion,” bowed this week at the AFI Film Festival.

Actor-turned-director Matt Ross (“28 Hotel Rooms”), is a Sundance alum whose “Captain Fantastic” will launch in 2016.

The 10 Directors to Watch are:

Don Cheadle (“Miles Ahead”)

Deniz Gamze Erguven (“Mustang”)

Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”)

Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent’)

Dlavek Horak (“Home Care”)

Duke Johnson (Co-director of “Anomalisa”)

Peter Landesman (“Concussion”)

Laszlo Nemes (“Son of Saul”)

Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic”)

Elizabeth Wood (“White Girl”)

The directors will be honored in person at the 2016 Palm Springs Film Fest, in January, where some of their films will screen.

The honorees are selected by Variety critics and reporters based on the films indicated above, most of which premiered on the festival circuit.  Only “Ex Machina,” from screenwriter Alex Garland, has already opened theatrically on U.S. screens.

Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl” was produced by Killer Films and will see its world premiere sometime next year.

Directors who have appeared on the 10 to Watch list in years past include Sam Taylor-Johnson (from “Nowhere Boy” to “Fifty Shades of Grey”), Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies,” “Sicario”), Gaspar Noe (“I Stand Alone,” “Love”) and Baltasar Kormakur (“101 Reykjavik,” “Everest”).