By Your Side

A true story of one international student who studies in the U.S. experiencing a distanced relationship with his girlfriend who lives in China; they have faced then overcame many struggles and finally braced in the love. This is a story some of us may feel related to.

  • Shauiyu Zhao
    Director
  • Shauiyu Zhao
    Writer
  • Shauiyu Zhao
    Producer
  • Yuyang Liu
    Key Cast
  • Yang Yu
    Key Cast
  • Shengjie Sun
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    三个圣诞
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Shauiyu Zhao

Made in China, raised in China, Shuaiyu studies aboard in Seattle, Washington, since September 2013, at the age of 16. He is a Manchu, which is one of the Chinese ethnic minorities. Aisin Gioro is his Manchu family name, Zhao is the translated one from Han, as the nowadays Mandarin.
Shuaiyu's aspiration of being a film director came along the way from a young age and started creating film works since junior year in college. The very first spark of creating a short film in Shuaiyu's mind was lighted up in 2010 when he was in junior high school. After Shuaiyu was admitted to WSU studying communication, he started learning some essential film knowledge and skills; such as Russian film course, Adobe software and editing course, video for the web course, and documentary film course. Everything he learned on the way and his passion for film trimmed him to become a film director and made a few types of the film works by himself.

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Director Statement

"There are stories to be told." Shuaiyu Zhao