Writer/director and cinematographer Miaoyan Zhang was born in Manchuria, and growing up during the Cultural Revolution, had little opportunity to see movies, something which changed when he completed a Masters of Fine Art at UC Berkley. Zhang is writer/director/cinematographer on three feature films, all of which have been selected for multiple international festivals, receiving numerous awards. His debut feature Xiaolin Xiaoli (2007) premiered in the Busan International Film Festival and second feature Black Blood (2011) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam where it won the NETPAC Award. A Corner of Heaven (2014) premiered in Busan and was invited to Vancouver, Rotterdam, Goteborg, Geneva, among others. It was nominated for three APSAs including Best Youth Feature Film, Achievement in Cinematography and the UNESCO Award. Silent Mist (2018) was his latest film and was nominated once more for the APSA for Achievement in Cinematography, this time sharing a nomination with Xu Zhiyong.

Accolades

Zhang Miaoyan and Xu Zhiyong
Best Cinematography, 2018

Zhang Miaoyan and Xu Zhiyong

Best Cinematography, 2018

Zhang Miaoyan and Xu Zhiyong

Silent Mist

Zhang Miaoyang was born in the Manchuria region, growing up during the Cultural Revolution, which meant he had little access to movies. He later studied…

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Zhang Miaoyan and Guillaume de Seille
Best Youth Film, 2015

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

Best Youth Film, 2015

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

When a 13-year-old boy in rural central China receives a letter from his absent mother, he sets off alone in search of her. Leaving his…

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Zhang Miaoyan
Best Cinematography, 2015

Zhang Miaoyan

Best Cinematography, 2015

Zhang Miaoyan

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

Writer/director and cinematographer Miaoyan Zhang was born in Manchuria, and growing up during the Cultural Revolution, had little opportunity to see movies, something which changed…

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Zhang Miaoyan and Guillaume de Seille
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2015

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2015

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

Set against the country’s bleak provincial wastelands a 13-year-old boy receives a letter from his absent mother and sets off alone in search of her.…

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Films

Silent Mist
2017

Silent Mist

People's Republic of China, France
2017

Silent Mist

In the seemingly tranquil midst of a small canal town, a rapist lurks in the shadows of the night searching for prey. A schoolgirl, a…

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A Corner of Heaven
2014

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

People's Republic of China, France
2014

A Corner of Heaven (Tiantang jiaoluo)

Set against China’s bleak provincial wastelands, a 13-year-old boy receives a letter from his absent mother and sets off alone in search of her. Leaving…

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