1. Also called moviemaker. a producer or director of motion pictures, especially one working in all phases of production: the leading young filmmakers of France.
  2. a person who makes film, especially for use in photography.

Origin of filmmaker

First recorded in 1905–10; film + maker
Related formsfilm·mak·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for film-maker


  1. a person who directs or produces films for the cinema or television
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Word Origin and History for film-maker



from film (n.) + maker.

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