Zhang Xiaoan was born and raised up in Xinjiang, China and is based in Melbourne, Australia currently. Zhang is a writer and director focusing on the genre of horror.
He received a Bachelor Degree at Jinan University (Guangzhou, China) where he learned Chinese culture and literatures and improved English competence. To pursue his dream of filmmaking after graduation, he went to the USA and received a Master Degree in Media Studies at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where he started exploring the possibilities of Chinese horror film. After graduation, he went back to Beijing, China and had years of working experiences in film producing and production. Zhang moved to Melbourne in 2017.
He was inspired by traditional Chinese philosophy Yin and Yang to create the short film “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 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.