I am fascinated by the complexity of the human mind and its ability to create and destroy life.
Company
Illusionary Ends
Lin Que Ayoung is an award-winning Black queer writer/director/producer who started her career as a Hip Hop Performer and Lyricist. As time progressed, misogyny and homophobia began to saturate the genre. Being in front of the camera only exacerbated the pressures of fitting into a predetermined box of stereotypes. After three major record deals, she decided to go back to school with the hope of transforming her verbal poetry into visual lyricism.
Upon obtaining an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program, Lin Que’s a two-time winner of the BAFTA-NY Scholarship, the winner of the 2018 New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) Scholarship, and the recipient of NYU’s 2018 First Run Film Festival Craft Award for the Directing of her film, The Dreamer/La Soñadora. The Dreamer was Lin Que’s 2nd year film at Tisch. It was also an Official Selection at HBO's 2019 New York Latino Film Festival. Before starting her 3rd year at NYU, she wrote her first feature-length script, Flesh, which was selected for the 2nd round of consideration for the 2019 Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program Development Track. Her 3rd year film, Nowhere, was exclusively distributed by Full Spectrum Features’ Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities Collection.
Lin Que's thesis film, Cracked, which won The Spike Lee Production Fund Grant, is based on true events that occurred to her when she was a child. At NYU's 2021 First Run Film Festival, Cracked won the 2nd Prize King Wasserman Award for Best Graduate Film. There, it also won Craft Awards for Cinematography and Acting. Cracked had its World Premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and has been officially selected to also compete at the Chicago International Film Festival, LA Shorts International Film Festival, HollyShorts, and more. Cracked was selected to be one of the five American Black Film Festival HBO Short Film Competition Finalist. Consequently, Cracked garnered a license agreement with HBO WarnerMedia and started airing February 2022 in celebration of Black History Month. Most recently, Lin Que was selected to be one of the four filmmakers for the 2022 Gotham Marcie Bloom Fellowship Program.
Lin Que Ayoung's films grapple with the tension between humanity’s beauty and its horror. She utilizes storytelling to cultivate her artistic boldness with the hope that her creative authenticity can touch and awaken the authenticity in others.
  • Writer (6 Credits)
    FLOW! (Pilot Script)
    Television Script
    My Dream
    Short Script
    Cracked2020
    Short, Student
    FLOW! (Pilot)2019
    Student, Television, Web / New Media
    Nowhere2018
    Short, Student
    The Dreamer2018
    Short, Student
  • Director (5 Credits)
    Lin Que Ayoung's Personal Introduction Video for the SeriesFest & Shondaland Women Directing Mentorship2021
    Other
    Cracked2020
    Short, Student
    FLOW! (Pilot)2019
    Student, Television, Web / New Media
    Nowhere2018
    Short, Student
    The Dreamer2018
    Short, Student
  • Editor (4 Credits)
    Cracked2020
    Short, Student
    FLOW! (Pilot)2019
    Student, Television, Web / New Media
    Nowhere2018
    Short, Student
    The Dreamer2018
    Short, Student
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    Cracked2020
    Short, Student
    FLOW! (Pilot)2019
    Student, Television, Web / New Media
    Nowhere2018
    Short, Student
    The Dreamer2018
    Short, Student
Semi-Finalist
FLOW! (Pilot Script)
Outstanding Screenplays Feature Competition
London, England
2021
HBO® Short Film Competition Finalist
Cracked
American Black Film Festival
Miami, Florida
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Bushwick Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
International Black Film Festival
Nashville, TN
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
HollyShorts Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Montreal International Black Film Festival
Montreal, Quebec
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
BronzeLens Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Bentonville Film Festival
Bentonville, Arkansas
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
LA Shorts International Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2021
Official Selection
Cracked
Tribeca Film Festival 2021
New York
2021
Graduate 2nd Prize Wasserman Award Recipient | Craft Award for Cinematography | Craft Award for Acting
Cracked
NYU's 2021 First Run Film Festival (Non-Public Screening)
New York
2021
Official Selection
Nowhere
Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities | Screenings @ Heartland Film Roxie Theater, Lark Theater, Laemmle Theatres, The Grand Cinema, Olympia Film Society, Red River Theatres, White River Indie Films, Sol Cinema Cafe, Gene Siskel Film Center, Middlebury College (Hirschfield International Film Series), The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/The Harris Theater, Northwest Film Forum, Milwaukee Film, The Nightlight Cinema, a/perture cinema, mama.film, FilmScene, cinéSPEAK, Cinemapolis, Cinema Arts Centre, Gateway Film Center, The Frida Cinema, The Human Family, MSP Film Society, TIVOLI Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Michigan Theater Foundation, Pickford Film Center and Campus Theater
Various Cities
2021
Official Selection
The Dreamer
HBO Presents The New York Latino Film Festival
New York
2019
Craft Award for Directing
The Dreamer
NYU Tisch School of the Arts' First Run Film Festival
New York
2018
Official Selection
The Dreamer
Omovies Film Festival | the International Competition on Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Questioning Audiovisual Works
Napoli
2018
College
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Graduate Film & TV Production
20152020
Birth City
Queens, New York
Current City
Brooklyn, New York
Hometown
New York
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Black / African American
I am fascinated by the complexity of the human mind and its ability to create and destroy life.
Company
Illusionary Ends