Film director Shih-Ting Hung has a lifelong passion for cinema and has taken the director's chair ever since her first film from the renown USC School of Cinematic Arts - the fantasy fairy tale, VIOLA: The Traveling Rooms of a Little Giant, is recognized with the 35th Student Academy Award®. The film is selected as the cover story of the Oscars® magazine, Academy Report, to represent the importance of keeping the experimental category within the Academy, and is invited with honor to the Academy Archive. The film continues to screen in more than 200 international film festivals around the globe.

 

Having experienced the landscape of the 2009 recession as well as the ever present challenges of gender and race issues in the industry, Shih has overcome much adversity to achieve success at an international level as a commercial director by persistently knocking on doors and never taking no for an answer. Shih continues to build her impressive repertoire as a director between the USA and China. Her multi-cultural experiences give her a distinctive eye to tell stories. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Shih has also since developed into a strong voice and advocate for women’s rights by sharing her experiences at symposiums for women filmmakers at such institutions as USC, UCLA, and CalArts, as well as at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Berlin Interfilm and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences,

 

Aside from her portfolio of films and commercials, Shih’s work has also appeared at the New York Guggenheim Museum and several art museums, and has been written about in the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, and Variety magazine. She has a deep love for Taiwanese food, and an insatiable appetite for a witty sense of humor.

 

Shih's most recent work is commercial with China's Amazon, JD, for their Chinese New Year spot " Door," a music video with Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men, and the most recent release of singer Wu Qing Feng's music video "Space," which is shot in Cuba and generated 1.4 million viewings on youtube within 36 hours. See news for more updates.

 

35th Student Academy Awards / USA  

15th Pusan International Film Festival / South Korea  

47th Ann Arbor Film Festival / USA  

17th St. Louis Film Festival / USA  

9th Atlanta Film Festival / USA   

2nd Singapore Short Film Festival / Voice Award Winner / Singapore     

9th Ashland Film Festival / USA   

 17th Sedona Film Festival / USA  

32nd Golden Harvest Award Nomination / Taiwan  

11th Mumbai International Film Festival / India

 12th Sonoma International Film Festival / USA   

2nd Kustendorf Film Festival / Bronze Award / Serbia   

11th Taipei Film Festival / Taiwan  

16th San Diego Film Festival / USA   

28th Cambridge Film Festival / UK   

10th Expresión en Corto International Film Festival (GIFF) / Mexico 

2nd Strasbourg International Film Festival / France 

 

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