WEI, Shiyu Louisa 魏時煜
With a PhD in Film Studies from University of Alberta (Canada), Dr Louisa Wei joined the School of Creative Media in 2001 and has taught over 2000 students. Her courses are mostly related to filmmaking, film history, storytelling, and topics in media/popular culture; while she also advises student studio/thesis projects in fiction/script writing, documentary, narrative film, and projects with gender-related themes. As an independent documentary filmmaker, her two feature films—Storm under the Sun (2009) and Golden Gate Girls (2014)—have gained international recognition from academia and film festivals, as well as attracted media attention ranging from Hollywood’s trade magazine to major newspapers in Hong Kong and mainland China. As a scholar, she has published books including Cinema East and West (2014), PreAnimate: A Guide for Independent Animators (2010), and Women’s Film: Dialogues with Chinese and Japanese Female Directors (2009). As an experienced teacher and advisor, Wei has advised many award-winning graduation projects, including Chan Hau Chun’s short documentary 32+4 (2014, Gold Award of IFVA – Open Category; Principal Prize of the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen), Andrew Lone’s feature documentary My Chinese Acquaintances (2012, Gold Remi Award at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival), Wong Yee Mei’s short documentary This Pair (2011, Gold Award of IFVA – Open Category), Chan Tsz-wai Wallis’ narrative short Daylily (2010, Silver Award of IFVA – Open Category), and Sheetal Agawal’s documentary Ordinary Lives (Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary in the 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival 2006; Best Documentary Kodak Award in the 20th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Student Competition 2005).