Welcome to the 15th edition of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." As Filmmaker is poised to enter its 20th year covering the art, business and practice of independent film, we remain excited and rejuvenated by the creative achievements and career potential of today's emerging filmmakers. Amidst talk of collapsing business models, it's downright inspiring to profile filmmakers whose proactivity knows no bounds. The explorations of the filmmakers on this list span their communities, the globe and the web as they find new ways to make great work as well as names for themselves. As always when compiling the "25," we've tried to resist the temptation to simply recount a list of those whose achievements are already well celebrated elsewhere. In making the list, we let ourselves be guided by our own passions and enthusiasms, rigorously watching films, rough cuts and reading scripts, all in the hopes of coming up with a snapshot of the current independent scene that is well-considered, sometimes idiosyncratic, and hopefully always fun to read. Trends on this year's list include collaboration. There are 37 individual folks within these 25 selections as a number of filmmakers — and one collective — create their own, as guitarist Robert Fripp would say, "small, mobile and intelligent units." There are more than the usual number of international filmmakers who have decided to base themselves in the U.S. to make films, as well as a number of U.S. filmmakers traveling to Europe and Africa to tell their tales. And there's real fluidity between the film and art worlds on the "25" this year, as visual artists, sometimes aided by the internet, increasingly explore film storytelling. Thanks for checking out the 2012 "25 New Faces of Independent Film." We hope you enjoy the list, and remember to periodically check these pages throughout the year as we update them with new developments.