Creative Grants & Awards

2021 Greenlight Grant (Iowa Arts Council, Des Moines, US)

2021 Social Innovation & Impact Grant (The Pride Network, Newark, US)

2021 Voices With Impact Short-film Grant (Art With Impact, San Francisco, US)

2020 Next Masters Support Program (Talents Tokyo/TOKYO FILMeX, Tokyo, JP)

2020 Top-6 national finalist, IF/Then Shorts (Tribeca Film Institute, New York City, US)

2019 Special Talent Travel Fund (Goethe-Institut, Beijing, CN)

2016 Script Development Fund (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin, DE)

Film Festival Prizes & Honors

2021 Gold Medal, Student Academy Awards, Experimental Section (Los Angeles, USA)

2021 Honorable Mention, Charlotte Film Festival (Charlotte, USA)

2021 FIRST International Film Festival (Xining, CN) “Short Short” Film Competition

2019 Panorama 40 honor (one of 12 chosen from 1,800 films), Berlin Int’l Film Festival

2017 Talento Emergente honor, Cineteca Alameda (San Luis Potosí, MX)

2016 First Prize, Dong Film Fest (Turin, IT)

2015 Special Mention, Queer Lisboa Film Festival (Lisbon, PT)

2015 Prix de la Critique (top prize / 10,000 francs), Geneva Independent Film Festival (Geneva, CH)

2014 Best First Feature Award, China Independent Film Festival (Nanjing, CN)

2014 Nominated, FIPRESCI Prize, Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival

2014 Golden Shika (top prize), Nara Int’l Film Festival (Nara, JP)

2014 Nominated, Teddy Award and Best First Feature, Berlin Int’l Film Festival

Academic Awards, Scholarships, & Fellowships

2021 PFund Foundation Scholarship (PFund Foundation, Minneapolis, MN)

2021 OpenHawks Open Educational Resource Development Grant (UIowa Libraries)

2021–22 Graduate Teaching Fellowship (UIowa Center for Teaching)

2021 Teaching as Research Program (UIowa Graduate College)

2021–22 Teaching Assistantship (UIowa Graduate College)

2021–22 Working Group & Support Grant (Obermann Center for Advanced Studies)

2021 Hugh Vollrath Ross Scholarship (UIowaGraduate College)

2021 Digital Humanities & Publishing Studio Summer Fellowship (UIowa Library)

2021 Stanley Fellowship for International Research (Stanley-Iowa Foundation)

2021 Graduate Fellow, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (UIowa)

2020–21 Teaching Assistantship (UIowa Graduate College)

2020 Research Grant for the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (UIowa Graduate College)

2020 Research Grant (UIowa Graduate & Professional Student Government)

2020 First Prize, International Photo Contest (UIowa International Programs)

2020 Inductee, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (Long Beach, US)

2020 Prism Foundation Scholarship (Prism Foundation, San Francisco, US)

2020 Achievement Award (Chinese Rainbow Network, Los Angeles)

2020 Student Impact Grant (UIowa Office of the President)

2020 Travel Grant (UIowa Graduate & Professional Student Government)

2019 Grand Prize, International Photo Contest (UIowa International Programs)

2019–20 Iowa Arts Fellowship (UIowa Graduate College)


2021 Berinale Talents (Berlin Int’l Film Festival)

2018 Ties That Bind (Singapore)

2018 Talents Tokyo (Tokyo, JP)

2017 FIRST Training Camp, FIRST Int’l Film Festival (Xining, CN)

2016 MexiCannes Summer Residence (Guanajuato, MX)

2015–16 Cinéfondation Résidence, Cannes Film Festival (Paris, FR)


2022 MFA, Film & Video Production, University of Iowa (Iowa City, US)

2022 MA, Photography, University of Iowa (Iowa City, US)

2016 Diplôme, French Civilization & Language, Cours de civilisation française de La Sorbonne (Paris, FR)

2015 BA, Radio & Television Production, Chongqing Univ. of Posts & Telecommunications (Chongqing, CN)