My journey overcomes many obstacles, and the film is educational, and historical. I want people to learn from history and not repeat such terrible mistakes again. My greatest hope is that we Never Give Up Our Dreams.
BiLan is a new filmmaker, retired art professor in 2016 to concentrate on her artwork, her documentary film. She is the author of the book Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter, and received the 2019 Readers' Favorite Book Review and Award.
She was born and raised in China. She and her family experienced much discrimination and many hardships under the dictator Mao Zedong. During this dark period, all the schools were closed, and books were destroyed, and she had to study in secret. She was blessed with a variety of artistic talents: painting, photography, fashion design, journalism, and teaching. While still in China, in 1999 she was granted U.S. permanent residency as an “Alien of Extraordinary Abilities.” At age forty-five, she realized her dream when she came to America.
BiLan earned two master’s degrees in art (MA and MFA), studied art in Italy, and became an art college professor in Kentucky, where she built the BiLan Liao Gallery. BiLan’s artistic perspective explores the relationships between her personal story, Chinese history, and fine art in Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter. Her priorities are to be educational and to learn from our history and no longer make repeated mistakes as she describes her life during the worst holocaust in recorded human history. Despite the horrors she endured, including the deaths of her father and sister, she has a message of hope to share with people: even during difficult times, never give up your dreams.
She has been featured in these news programs: Chicago Movie Magazine, ABC Night line, AJC, Supper China, The world China, Morning Blend (ABC), 106 Radio, WSIU (PBS), National Public Radio, Paducah Channel 6 and 2, Atlanta Chinese News, Women of Wealth magazine, PaducahSun newspaper, Paducah Life magazine etc. Her artwork exhibited in national and international at galleries and museums.
Please visit her website: www.bilanliao.com
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    An Artist's Journey from China to America 2021
    Documentary, Short
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  • Director (2 Credits)
    An Artist's Journey from China to America 2021
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    An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)2021
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    An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)2021
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    An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)2021
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Selected: Best Trailer
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
Anatolia International Film Festival
Istanbul
2021
Award: Women Filmmakers
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
World Film Carnival - Singapore
Victoria Street
2021
Award: Best Women Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
2021
Award: Best Woman Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas
2021
Award: Best Inspirational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
Top Shorts
CA
2021
Selected: Feature Length Documentary Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
London Lift-Off Film Festival
London
2021
Award: Best Trailer
An Artist's Journey from China to America
TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Traiwan
2021
Award: BEST WOMEN'S SHORT FILM
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Cuckoo International Film Awards
thiruvannamalai, tamilnadu
2021
Nominee: Best First Time Director
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Niagara Falls International Short Festival
Niagara Falls, New York
2021
Award : Best Women's issue Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Art House Festival of Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California
2021
Selected
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Golden Bridge Istanbul Short film Festival
Istanbul
2021
Award
An Artist's Journey from China to America
FLOW Festival and Film Market
Florida
2021
Semi Finalist-Best - First Time Filmmaker Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Sydney Indie Short Festival
Sydney
2021
Selection: Best Documentary Short Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Anatolia International Film Festival
Istanbul
2021
Selection: Best Documentary Feature Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
New York Istanbul Short Film Festival
New York
2021
Selected: Best First Time Short Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Berlin International Art Film Festival
Berlin
2021
Nominee
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Tokyo Shorts
Tokyo
2021
Semi-Finalist: Best First Time Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Venice Shorts
California
2021
Selected: Feature Documentary
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Tokyo
2021
Selected: Best Documentary Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
LA Independent Women Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2021
Selected: FILM - (Competition Section. From All Categories)
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Golden Wheat Awards
İstanbul, Turkey
2021
Selected: Best First Time Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Miami Indie Film Awards
Miami
2021
Selected: Feature Documentary
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Austin Lift-Off Film Festival
Austin
2021
Selected: Best First Time Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Montreal
2021
Selected: Best First Time Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago
2021
Selected: Feature Documentary
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Toronto International Women Film Festival
Toronto
2021
Nominee: Best First-Time Filmmaker Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Austin International Art Festival
Austin
2021
Best Documentary Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
LA Independent Film Channel Festival
LA, CA
2021
Semi Finalist: Best First Time Filmmaker Shor
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Hong Kong Indie Film Festival
Hong Kong
2021
Finalist: Best Short Women's issue Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
Toronto
2021
Best Women’s issue Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Dubai Independent Film Festival
Dubai
2021
Finalist: Best First Time Short Filmmakers
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Berlin Shorts Award
Berlin
2021
Finalist: Film about women
An Artist's Journey from China to America
New York International Women Festival
New York
2021
Finalist: First Time Filmmakers
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo
2021
Finalist: First Time Filmmakers
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Roma Short Film Festival
Roma
2021
Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
Honorable Mention Best Short Documentary
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Toronto Film and Script Awards
Toronto
2021
Documentary Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Roshani (Reels) International Film Festival
Aurangabad, Maharashtra
2021
Best Educational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Gangtok International Film Festival
North-eastern region
2021
Women’s Films (list on WFCA)
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Ghum International Film Festival
West Bengal
2021
Best Documentary Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Golden Peacock International Film Festival
Port Blair, Andaman
2021
Best Film on Women
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Indo French International Film Festival
PONDICHERRY
2021
Best Educational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture Awards
West Bengal
2021
Best Educational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Virgin Spring Cinefest
Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Best First Time Filmmaker's Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Women's Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Documentary Films (WFCN)
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Cinephilia Motion Pictures Festival
Frontera, Cádiz
2021
Best Educational Film (WFCN)
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Brandenburg International Film Festival
Berlin
2021
Educational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
(South), Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Women Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Best Shorts Competition
La Jolla, CA
2021
Women Filmmakers
An Artist's Journey from China to America
World Film Carnival - Singapore
Victoria Street
2021
Women's Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Tagore International Film Festival
West Bengal
2021
Asian Documentary
An Artist's Journey from China to America
The IndieFEST Film Awards
La Jolla, CA
2021
Women's Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Druk International Film Festival
Toewang Punakha Paro
2021
Educational Films
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Cult Critic Movie Awards
West Bengal
2021
Best Women Short
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
2021
Best Woman Filmmaker
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas
2021
Best Film on Women
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Crown Wood International Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal
2021
Best Inspirational Film
An Artist's Journey from China to America
Top Shorts
CA
2021
Award: Best Trailer
An Artist's Journey from China to America (9m57s)
TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Traiwan
College
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI (KCAD)
Master of Fine Arts -Painting
20062008
College
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (U of I)
Master of Arts - Painting
20032006
College
Chinese People’s University, China
Photography Research
1993
College
Hunan Province Art and Craft College, China
Bachelor of Graphic Design
19831986
College
Graduate Courses, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
Art history and fresco painting
2007
My journey overcomes many obstacles, and the film is educational, and historical. I want people to learn from history and not repeat such terrible mistakes again. My greatest hope is that we Never Give Up Our Dreams.