Hao Zhou is a filmmaker and photographer from Nanchuan, China. Zhou’s work often centers on people finding joy despite structural oppression.
In 2014, Zhou wrote, directed, and produced his first feature, The Night, about young, queer sex workers in China. After premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Night won top prizes at Black Movie, Nara, China Independent, and others. In 2017, Zhou associate-produced a Japanese stage adaptation of The Night, performed to critical acclaim at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
Zhou is an alum of La Résidence (Cannes Film Festival’s directors residency in Paris), Berlinale Talents, and Talents Tokyo. He has worked in film development at Coproduction Office (Paris) and Douban.com (Beijing).
In 2021, Zhou made a Student Academy Award Gold Medal-winning short film, Frozen Out (NewFest, BFI Flare, Inside Out). In 2022, Zhou will direct a narrative feature in Iowa with support from the Iowa Art Council / Produce Iowa's Greenlight Grant. Zhou holds an MFA in film and MA in photography from the University of Iowa.