Chi Y. LEE
Graduated from Department of Psychology of Chengchi University in Taiwan, LEE Chi-yuarn also has a Master's degree of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. While he continued to pursue his doctoral degree, he shifted to film production and completed the Graduate Film Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is also a writer and poet. His literary works and screenplays have won numerous major awards in Taiwan.
His debut feature, 《Hurricane Festival》, won the Silver Award for New Director at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Best Cinematography at Dances with Films Festival and was screened at the Taipei Film Festival in 1999. He has been the Creative Director of the New Island Entertainment, a post-production company in Hollywood since 1998. He returned to Taiwan in 2004, founded his own company and taught film as an assistant professor at the graduate school of Taipei National University of the Arts.
LEE introduced the experiences of filmmaking and related techniques he accumulated in Hollywood to Taiwan and worked with international creative talents. He hired a Hollywood team and shot《Chocolate Rap》(2006) about teenagers' street dance culture, which was selected into many international film festivals. In 2008, he hired a Dutch cinematographer and a Japanese composer to make《Beautiful Crazy》, a film about feelings among three adolescent girls. With its non-linear narrative, the film represents the intricate intersection of time, memory and love in a smooth way. It won the Special Mention of the International Jury at International Film festival Mannheim-Heidelberg.
In 2011, LEE launched《Blowfish》, delivering unbound imagination through minimal dialogues. The film about love and loneliness garnered FIPRESCI Award and TITRA Film SA Award for film distribution at the Geneva Film Festival.
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival – Student Screenplay Competition – Silver Award
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival – Silver Award for Best New Director
Dances with Films Independent Film Festival – Best Cinematography
Flagstaff International Film Festival – Bronze Award
Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) (New York)
Featured at Tokyo International Film Festival, CinemAsia Film Festival (Amsterdam), Latin American Film Festival (Asunción, Paraguay) and several other film festivals
Tokyo International Film Festival
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg – Special Mention of the International Jury
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Women's Film Festival in Seoul
Torino Film Festival
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Opening Film
Taipei Film Festival – Competition
Montreal World Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival – Competition
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
São Paulo International Film Festival
Geneva Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award, TITRA Film SA Award
Stockholm International Film Festival
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Hua Xin Film Festival (Thailand)
Guadalajara International Film Festival
International Film Festival Prague
International professional experience