Tibetan director, writer and producer, Pema Tseden has received numerous prizes and nominations from international film festivals including Berlin, Venice, Hong Kong, Locarno and Busan. He began his career with several short films, before directing his first feature The Silent Holy Stones, the first film in Tibetan shot in Tibet with a Tibetan cast and crew. He won an APSA in 2015 as a producer on River and also worked on other APSA nominated films including Old Dog, The Summer is Gone and Tharlo. In 2018 he wrote and directed Jinpa, produced by Wong Kar-Wai, and won Best Screenplay at the Horizons competitions of the Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director at the 2018 Golden Horse Film Festival, China’s biggest film award ceremony. Balloon is his first APSA nomination for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay. As an author, Tseden writes both in Tibetan and in Chinese and his books have been translated into English, French, German, Czech, and many other languages.

Accolades

Pema Tseden
Best Screenplay, 2019

Pema Tseden

Best Screenplay, 2019

Pema Tseden

Balloon (Qìqiú)

Tibetan director, writer and producer, Pema Tseden has received numerous prizes and nominations from international film festivals including Berlin, Venice, Hong Kong, Locarno and Busan.…

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Pema Tseden and Huang Xufeng and Jacky Pang
Best Feature Film, 2019

Balloon (Qìqiú)

Best Feature Film, 2019

Balloon (Qìqiú)

On the Tibetan grasslands, Darje and Drolkar live a serene and ordinary life with their three sons and grandfather. The young boys’ discovery of their…

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Sangye and Alexandra Sun and Pema Tseden and Du Qingchun and Songtaijia (Sonthar Gyal)
Best Youth Feature Film, 2015

River (Gtsngbo)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2015

River (Gtsngbo)

Winner, Best Youth Feature Film, 2015 River is a story mostly told from the perspective of Yangchan, a young Tibetan girl from a sheep herding…

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Films

Balloon
2019

Balloon (Qìqiú)

People's Republic of China
2019

Balloon (Qìqiú)

On the Tibetan grasslands, Darje and Drolkar live a serene and ordinary life with their three sons and grandfather. The young boys’ discovery of their…

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Old Dog
2011

Old Dog (Khyi rgan)

People's Republic of China
2011

Old Dog (Khyi rgan)

In the late 1990s, somewhere in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, a Tibetan sheep herder sells his father’s prized Tibetan mastiff to a dealer without his…

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River
2015

River (Gtsngbo)

People's Republic of China
2015

River (Gtsngbo)

Winner, Best Youth Feature Film, 2015 River is a story mostly told from the perspective of Yangchan, a young Tibetan girl from a sheep herding…

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Tharlo
2015

Tharlo

People's Republic of China
2015

Tharlo

Special Mention, Achievement in Cinematography, 2015 Tharlo is 40, and has a remarkable memory that allows him to recite Chairman Mao’s little red book. He leaves…

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