Alexander PAYNE

Director, Actor

United States

Alexander Payne

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander Payne has a Master’s in cinema from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1996, he directed Citizen Ruth, his first feature film, and followed it up with Election, which earned him Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In 2002, About Schmidt was screened as a preview at the Festival de Cannes before opening the New York Film Festival.
Sideways, in 2004, and his most recent film The Descendants, 2011, each won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated in four other categories, including Best Film Editing and Best Director.

Jury attendance

  • Member Feature films, 2012
  • President Un Certain Regard, 2005

Feature films


In Competition - Feature Films, 2013Director


Un Certain Regard, 2006Director


In Competition - Feature Films, 2002Director, Screenplay