After the so-called ‘6 generations’ directors, many amazing independent directors have emerged in Chinese cinema in recent years. This section presents some of the most celebrated of these voices, and their debut, often award-winning, features.
Lina Wang 王丽娜: A First Farewell (2018)
Born in Xayar, Aqsu Prefecture of Xinjiang Province, Lina Wang is a writer and director who graduated from Communication University of China. Lina’s father enjoyed travelling, photography and poetry, and settled in Xinjiang in where Lina also grew up. Influenced by her father, Lina developed her skill of reading and writing. In 2018, she wrote and directed her debut film A First Farewell, which won the Crystal Bear and Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury at Berlin International Film Festival, as well as several other awards at Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong film festivals.
Pema Tseden 万玛才旦: A Silent Holy Stone (2005)
Born in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, Pema Tseden is one of the most prominent Tibetan writers and directors in China. After graduating from Beijing Film Academy, Pema started to publish works of literature. In 2005, he wrote and directed his debut movie feature The Silent Holy Stone, which won the Best Directorial Debut at the 25th Golden Rooster Awards. Later his works including Soul Searching, Old Dog, Tharlo and Jinpa, which had all been in Tibetan language and culture, gained international success with nominations of Golden Horse and Golden Lion. His most recent work Balloon (2019), has also been well-received both domestically and internationally.
Bai Xue 白雪: The Crossing (2018)
Bai Xue is a Graduate from Beijing Film Academy and a BAFTA Leading Light writer-director, who discovered her passion towards film in high school through an acting summer course held at Central Academy of Drama in China. Her director debut** The Crossing (2018)** received both artistic and commercial success - nominated for Best First Feature Award and Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Festival, winning the NETPAC Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and receiving Best First Film awards at Pingyao, Hong Kong, and Dublin Film Festivals.
Anthony Chen 陈哲艺: Ilo Ilo (2013)
Anthony Chen is a Singaporean writer-director who graduated from National Film and Television School in England. In 2005, his debut short G-23 was screened at festivals worldwide. In 2007, his second short Ah Ma was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. In 2011, he directed another short The Reunion Dinner. In 2013, his debut feature Ilo Ilo premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was unanimously awarded the Camera d’Or, the film went on to gain widespread acclaim and recognition, winning forty awards internationally, including four Golden Horse Awards at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. In 2019, Chen directed his second feature Wet Season, which was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Huang Zi 黄梓: All about ING (2019)
Born in Guangzhou, China, Huang Zi entered the MFA Filmmaking Course at the School of Arts of New York University. His shorts have been selected in Angers European First Film Festival, Beijing Independent Film Festival and other Chinese domestic and international film festivals. In 2019, his debut feature All About ING, which he wrote and directed, won the Jury Award at the 13th FIRST Youth Film Festival. In 2020, the film was selected in Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival New Talent Competition, Beijing International Film Festival and so on.