Yi Liu is a film director/screenwriter/cinematographer who currently resides in New York City, USA. Born in Santa Barbara, California, he spent most of his life growing up in Taipei, Taiwan. He graduated from National Taiwan University majoring in the department of Theatre and Drama, where he studied directing, acting and lighting design. His experience in theatre gave him a strong sense in storytelling as he transitioned to film. In 2014, his short film D-DAY got him accepted into the Directing/Screenwriting MFA program of Columbia University.
During his studies in Columbia, Yi directed and wrote several films. His directing works include, Happy Mask, Snap and Ping Pong Coach which won him the Student Visionary Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. His Thesis Film, Chi: The Method of Breathing is an official selection for the 2018 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. His knowledge for directing on stage allows him to instinctively stage the blocking and camera for long takes. Yi’s experience as a theatre lighting design also helped him extensively as he works on his fellow filmmakers sets as a cinematographer and gaffer.
2016 Tribeca Film Festival Student Visionary Award (Ping Pong Coach)
Fluent in English and Mandarin
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