2017 LACFF Senior Programmers


Zhuoyun Chen

Yun is a Chinese experimental visual artist and filmmaker. Her current experiment/interest is to express/construct/understand history/reality/fantasy in many ways through the use of cinematic practices. Yun recently received an M.F.A. in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts. She graduated  as a B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Yun’s work has been shown mainly in venues in the US and Europe.


D. Jesse Damazo

D. Jesse Damazo is a filmmaker and writer-director of character driven comedies. He likes crafting fiction films about futile quests and bad ideas.


Matthew Herbertz

Matthew Herbertz is an award-winning filmmaker and assistant professor of communications at Florida Southern College where he teaches film production and studies.


Cheng Sei-Hong

Hong graduated from HKAPA Film and Television School, major in Directing.  He is a freelance stage and film director. His works including RTHK TV drama "The Storm" and "Couple on Stage",  which has won the Best Fiction in CAPA Film School Awards 2014.


Yannan Huang

Yannan graduated from the Chicago Art Institute, specializing in experimental narrative and Essay Film. Her documentary "Fan Xiang" has been incorporated into the Rotterdam Film Festival documentary unit by HBF investment project.


Dun Jin

Dun Jin is a graduate student in film production at USC.


Xiaowen Li

Independent documentary director.


Chuhao Liu

Chuhao graduated from California Art Institute (CalArts) , film director direction. His main study is the author film and experimental film.


Tianyi Liu

Tianyi Liu is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His work majorly focuses on physical and psychological activities of human, especially as social beings.


Lucas Ostrowski

Lucas Ostrowski works as an analog and digital filmmaker who creates in all film forms but prefers horror, and music documentaries.  He is currently an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University.


June Kyu Park

June Kyu Park is an educator and filmmaker, originally from South Korea, currently working at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, as an assistant professor in film production.


Jon Rosen

Jon advised marketing strategies for major studio films/franchises across over a dozen global markets, and produced festival shorts playing Austin, the Cannes Short Film Corner, and Napa Valley.


Christal Segura

Christal is a filmmaker and crew member who has worked on documentary, feature and short films in various capacities for over a decade.


Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker is a writer, director, and assistant professor at the University of Tampa. He earned his MFA degree from Columbia University.


Jaclyn Wu

Jaclyn Wu is a photographer/photo editor based in Los Angeles. She grew up in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai before receiving a BA in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies at the University of Southern California. She has worked for and photographed numerous film festivals, including AFI FEST, Outfest, Sundance NEXT Fest, and Taipei Film Festival.



Christopher de las Alas

Christopher de las Alas is a Filipino-American filmmaker based out of Los Angeles.  His film “For Ofelia” which he made while at NYU TischAsia in Singapore, has screened at over 19 festivals and has won various awards.


Minwei Chen

Min Wei is a freelance filmmaker specialized in video editing. She has worked on a variety of projects, including short films, music videos and commercials.


Taiying Chi

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Taiying’s career trajectory includes executive screenwriter, script supervisor, first AD. Taiying has participated in different short films, features, commercials and documentaries.


Colleen Chiang

Colleen is an assistant professor of Chinese film and literature at the Rhodes College. Her areas of studies are Chinese, Taiwan, Hong Kong films, and gender studies.


Stephen Crompton

Crompton is a British filmmaker/photographer whose work explores the American-made landscape. He teaches in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University.


Yanyu Dong

Yanyu Dong is a video artist, performance artist and experimental filmmaker. Currently based in LA, she pursued her MFA in CalArts. Her work has been shown internationally.


Ngoc Anh Ha

Ngoc Anh Ha is a filmmaker transplanted from the Bay Area in Los Angeles. They aspire to see an Asian actress winning an Oscar award for acting.


Xuan Hu

Major in Experimental Animation in CalArts, minor in special makeup. Professions include animation, special effect, art/concept design. 


Andrew Hu

Andrew Hu is a Chinese American screenwriter and graduate of the American Film Institute. He has written for international studios and production companies in China and Germany. He was nominated in 2016 for a Humanitas Prize for his Chinese American pilot, HARV.


Yuan Li

Li is a current graduate student in NYFA, majors in documentary. She is a director, photographer, and screen writer. 


Chang Liu

Former manager of Golden Harvest. Graduated from Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University.


Zilong Liu

Zilong is a cinematographer and director and is currently enrolled in AFI cinematography discipline. 


Rena Ma

Ma graduated from AFI, majored in directing. Now a independent filmmaker based in LA, her films has been nominated and awarded in many of the festivals. 


Matthew Radican

Matthew is a working Cinematographer and film lover. He loves Chinese Art house Cinema for offering a fresh look at the world.


Marc Schmidt

Marc Schmidt lives in Los Angeles and works in entertainment research. 


Florina Titz

Florina Titz is an award-winning Romanian writer, director, and visiting professor at Cal Arts.


Beth Tsai

Beth Tsai is a film scholar and practitioner. Her experimental films have screened internationally and her publications have appeared in the international journals.


Yongle Wang

Yongle is a writer, director and documentary editor from Nanjing, China. She earned her MFAfrom USC and currently works as an assistant editor in LA.


Verna Wu

Wu graduated from Boston University and had worked as a project developer in China Lion Film, now works in Huace Media. 


Wenwei Zha

Though a full time engineer, Wenwei spends time every week to watch movies for years.


Yunyi Zeng

Yunyi is a Film Director & Producer whose short films have won global recognition. His experience includes film productions, television news, and live event production.