Haochen Yang is a realist narrative filmmaker, who uses a camera to tell stories based on his observation of social events. He focuses on telling stories through actualities in front of his camera.
Haochen Yang grew up in a media art making family. His dad is a TV director who makes music videos and live TV shows. Haochen has been bathed in the river of image and music since he was a child. However, since he got his first digital camera at the age of 19 as his birthday present, he has been attracted by the aesthetic of real presented through photography.
He kept taking photos until he got accepted by the film program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He started to watch a lot of films from early age cinema until nowadays. Also, he writes film critiques based on the films he watches.
During his undergrad period, he was being introduced into feature film production by working with two filmmakers in the industry. The films are Dragon Blade and The Great Wall. After that, Haochen realized he is most interested in making movies rather than taking photos and writing film critiques. Therefore, he made up his mind to apply to film school to enhance his filmmaking abilities. Finally, he got accepted by Emerson College.
In the process of studying filmmaking at Emerson College, Haochen finds that he is good at creative thinking. His ability is more related to directing and screenwriting. He loves observing the world with different people from different backgrounds and combines different people together to tell a realistic story. His camera always focuses on the people he encounters around him. He is currently making a 25-minute short film. That film tells a story of a retro high school boy in China striving open up his mind to let other people accept him. That film is called Your Smile.
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Your Smile2019
    Short, Student
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Your Smile2019
    Short, Student
Official Selection
Your Smile
Asian Film Festival 17
Rome
2020
Official Selection
Your Smile
Festival de Cannes - Marché du Film
Cannes
2020
Official Selection
Your Smile
11th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival
New York City
2020
Official Selection
Your Smile
New York City International Film Festival
New York City
2020
Official Selection
Your Smile
Around International Film Festival - Barcelona
Barcelona
2020
Winner: Best Extra Long Short
Your Smile
Berlin Flash Film Festival - Monthly Competition
Berlin
2019
Finalist
Your Smile
Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival
Moscow
2019
Winner: Best Cinematography / Nomination: Best Picture
Your Smile
Shinjuku World Festival by TOKYO CINEMA UNION
Tokyo
2019
Winner: Audience Choice Award
Your Smile
CineCina Film Festival - Project Horizon
New York City
2019
Winner: Best Student Cinematography
Your Smile
European Cinematography Awards (ECA)
Amsterdam
2019
Winner: Best Asian Short Film / Best Cinematography of a Student Short Film / Best Student Short Film
Your Smile
Asian Cinematography Awards (ACA)
Manila
2019
Winner: Best Student Cinematography
Your Smile
New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA)
New York City
2019
Official Selection
Your Smile
Under The Stars International Film Festival
Bari
2019
Official Selection
Your Smile
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome
2019
Finalist
Your Smile
Florence Film Awards
Florence
2019
Winner: Best Student Short Film
Your Smile
Short Film Factory
Bucharest
2019
College
Emerson College
M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts
20162019
College
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.A. in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture
20112016
Birth Date
March 6, 1993
Haochen Yang is a realist narrative filmmaker, who uses a camera to tell stories based on his observation of social events. He focuses on telling stories through actualities in front of his camera.
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