Based in Melbourne, Australia
Zhang Xiaoan is a writer and director born in Xinjiang, China, and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. He received his Master’s Degree in Film and Media Study at the 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.
Zhang was inspired by Chinese urban legends to create the short horror “When the Eyes Are Closed”, which won the “Best Writer” in the Alternative Film Festival and was 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 experimental film “Beauty” that was the winner of the Melbourne International Film Festival's Powershorts Film Competition in 2017.
  • Editor (6 Credits)
    BEST WISHES2021
    Short
    WAVE2019
    Documentary
    OVERLOAD2018
    Short, Student
    BEAUTY2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
    WOKEN2017
    Short, Student
    WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED2014
    Short, Student
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    BEST WISHES2021
    Short
    WAVE2019
    Documentary
    OVERLOAD2018
    Short, Student
    BEAUTY2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
    WOKEN2017
    Short, Student
    WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED2014
    Short, Student
  • Writer (6 Credits)
    BEST WISHES2021
    Short
    WAVE2019
    Documentary
    OVERLOAD2018
    Short, Student
    BEAUTY2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
    WOKEN2017
    Short, Student
    WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED2014
    Short, Student
  • Director (6 Credits)
    BEST WISHES2021
    Short
    WAVE2019
    Documentary
    OVERLOAD2018
    Short, Student
    BEAUTY2017
    Experimental, Short, Student
    WOKEN2017
    Short, Student
    WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED2014
    Short, Student
Finalist
BEST WISHES
Peninsula Film Festival
Melbourne
2022
Official Selection
BEST WISHES
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
Rhode Island
2021
Official Selection
BEST WISHES
St Kilda Film Festival
Melbourne
2021
Official Selection
WAVE
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Melbourne
2020
Official Selection
WOKEN
Davis Feminist Film Festival
Davis, California
2020
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Kansas City Underground Film Festival
Kansas City
2020
Official Selection
BEAUTY
DTC Film Festival
Convinton
2020
Official Selection
WOKEN
Mentone Film Festival
Mentone
2019
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Spooky Empire's International Horror Film Festival
Tampa
2019
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Devil's Night Gallery: A Film+Art Event
Pittsburg
2019
Best Writer
OVERLOAD
Continental Film Festival
Toronto
2019
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Upstate NY Horror Film Festival
Rochester
2019
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention
Los Angeles
2018
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Spook Screen
Cork
2018
Preview Screening
BEAUTY
Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne
2017
Best International Short Film
WOKEN
Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival
Special Mention
WOKEN
Asia South East-Short Film Festival
Phnom Penh
Official Selection
WOKEN
Onirica Film Festival
Liguria
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
International Shorts
Melbourne
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Videoscream International Film Festival
Portland
Semi-Finalist
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
International Moving Film Festival
Abadan
Best Writer
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Best Thriller
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Continental Film Festival
Toronto
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Great Lakes International Film Festival
Erie
Official Selection
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Melbourne Underground Film Festival
Melbourne
Best Mystery Short
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Independent Shorts Awards
Loe Angeles, California
Best Horror Short
WHEN THE EYES ARE CLOSED
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, California
Special Mention
BEAUTY
UK Seasonal Short Film Festival
London
Official Selection
BEAUTY
African Smartphone International Film Festival
Lagos
Official Selection
BEAUTY
Lobo Fest - Festival Internacional de Filmes
Brasilia
Official Selection
BEAUTY
Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA
Mexico City
Official Selection
BEAUTY
III Muestra de Video Arte Faenza
Bogota
Official Selection
BEAUTY
New Delhi Film Festival
New Delhi
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Inshort Film Festival
Lagos
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Nebrodi FilmFest
Patti
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Honor Film Festival
Lakeland, FL
Semi-Finalist
OVERLOAD
Realtime International Film Festival
Lagos
Semi-Finalist
OVERLOAD
Australian Inspirational Film Festival
Perth
Official Selection
OVERLOAD
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome
Best Short Film
OVERLOAD
The European Independent Film Award
Semi-Finalist
OVERLOAD
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
College
State University of New York at Buffalo
College
University of Melbourne
Current City
Melbourne, Australia
Hometown
Xinjiang, China
Gender
Male
Zodiac Sign
Taurus
Based in Melbourne, Australia
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