Hao Zhou (b. China) is a screenwriter, director, actor, and photographer. Zhou’s films often center on marginalized people resisting 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 Geneva Independent, Nara, China Independent, and others. In 2017, Zhou coproduced 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). Hao has further refined his filmmaking skill-set at Berlinale Talents (2021), Talents Tokyo (2018), and Xining FIRST Training Camp (2017). He has worked in film development at Coproduction Office (Paris) and Douban.com (Beijing).
In 2021, Zhou was awarded a grant from the nonprofit Art With Impact, for which he directed a short film about immigrant mental health in Iowa. In 2022, Zhou will direct a narrative feature film in Iowa. The project, a dark comedy titled Happy to Have You, recently won a Greenlight Grant from the Iowa Arts Council / Produce Iowa / National Endowment for the Arts.