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.