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Zhang Xiaoan is a writer and director with an emphasis on the genre of horror and his creative artistic research in film is to explore the possibilities of Chinese horror film. He was born and raised in Xinjiang, China and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
He received his Master Degree in Media Studies at State University of New York at Buffalo in the USA, and further studied in the School of Film and TV at The University of Melbourne.
Xiaoan was inspired by Chinese urban legends to create the short horror “When the Eyes Are Closed”, which won the “Best Writer” in Alternative Film Festival and were officially selected by several international film festivals. His short thriller “Overload” and short film “Woken” focus on current social issues about the safety of oversea students, immigrates, racism, and sexism, which have been screened worldwide. He also collaborated with artist Su Yang on her feminist videos and co-directed the short film “Beauty” that has won Melbourne International Film Festival Powershorts Short Film Competition.
  • Director (5 Credits)
    Wave2019
    Documentary
    Overload2018
    Short, Student
    When The Eyes Are Closed2018
    Short
    Woken2018
    Short, Student
    Beauty2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Wave2019
    Documentary
    Overload2018
    Short, Student
    When The Eyes Are Closed2018
    Short
    Woken2018
    Short, Student
    Beauty2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Wave2019
    Documentary
Preview Screening
Beauty
Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne
2017
Current City
Melbourne, Australia
Hometown
Xinjiang, China
Zodiac Sign
Taurus
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