1st June, 2020
Yuchao Feng reveals how a revelatory phone call with his mother inspired him to make 'Pearl', the tragic story of a young girl abandoned by her family.
20th April, 2020
Johnson Cheng joins us with 'Iron Hands', his short about a 12-year-old girl's bid to join a typically all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team.
Documentary, Film Festival
24th February, 2020
DN spoke to legendary director Jia Zhang-ke at Belinale 2020 about returning to his hometown of Fenyang for new doc 'Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue'.
10th February, 2020
Jonathan Bregel reveals the minimalist approach he took when creating documentary short 'Chunyun', a film about the world's largest annual human migration
Film Festival, Live Action
7th October, 2019
We speak to Jian Luo about her moving, surreal story of a young woman who gives birth to a live jellyfish 'What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon'.
Art & Fashion, Documentary, Music
31st July, 2019
Roni Shao explains how he navigated the new frontiers of self-expression defining the future of Chinese art & culture in multi-sensory feast 'Frontiers'.
Asides, Live Action
24th June, 2019
Ian Pons Jewell throws us into the thick of the action in 'Further Than Ever' – a kinetic celebration of Chinese female athletes created for Nike.
5th November, 2018
DN talks to Ian Pons Jewell about his viral 'Dare To Become' Nike ad spot - an exhilarating playful mix of future tech and dynamically shot football.
5th October, 2018
The freeing affirmation of a teen’s cross-dressing comfort is disrupted when they inadvertently bump into their father in Yuchao Feng’s 'Red'.
7th September, 2018
Ben Brand demonstrates the resilience of children in 'Don’t Call Me Precious', an ad spot made for Nike China featuring four real-life child athletes.
10th August, 2016
We speak to Amber Xu about her animated look inside the human psyche and the power of its creativity in fantasy short ‘Luscious’
Art & Fashion
21st January, 2015
Ostensibly the story of a photographer and his assistant capturing family portraits of the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village, Hu Wei's experimental
Join the talented filmmakers featured on Directors Notes by submitting your film to the site now (read more on our Submit page).
Subscribe to the WeAreDN Vimeo channel for more curated films