CHI Po-lin has worked as a professional photographer since 1988, and since 1990 he has served as an aerial photographer in a government agency, recording the construction progress of Taiwan's major infrastructures. In his own spare time, he passionately devotes himself to the recording of Taiwan's environments and landscapes with precious aerial photos. With over twenty years of experience in aerial photography and nearly two thousand flight hours, CHI Po-lin has accumulated more than 400,000 aerial photos and published multiple albums.
In 2003, he received the first Johnnie Walker's Keep Walking Fund to document ecological conditions in Taiwan's water system through bird's eye view from a helicopter. In 2005, he was invited by Orbis Foundation to be the spokesperson for the "Flying Eye Hospital" mission in Xinjiang, China. After Typhoon Morakot brutally hit Taiwan in 2009, he resolutely gave up his government job and began his journey of making aerial documentary films on Taiwan.
After two years of preparation and postproduction, along with four hundred flight hours over a span of three years, CHI Po-lin filmed Taiwan's first aerial documentary, 《Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above》 in 2013, which not only won the Best Documentary Award at the Golden Horse Film Festival, but also set box office and distribution records in terms of documentaries in Taiwan's film history.
2013 《Beyond Beauty : Taiwan from Above》 (documentary)
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Documentary
Osaka Asian Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival (Washington, D.C.)
WorldFest Houston International Film Festival – Special Jury Award for Documentary Features, Gold Remi Award for Cinematography, Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score – Feature Films
Singapore Chinese Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
International professional experience