LIN Jing-jie graduated from Department of Communications of Fu Jen Catholic University. Exposed to Taiwanese New Wave and European films in school, he was deeply inspired to use film as a powerful medium of expressing freedom, thus began his pursuit as a filmmaker. After military service, he has worked as editor, journalist, construction staff, writer as well as theatre scriptwriter and director. He returned to filmmaking by working as the assistant director for CHEN Kuo-fu's film, 《Treasure Island》 (1993) and started to make his own documentaries and features.
LIN's earlier fiction shorts, 《Murmur of Youth: Steppenwolf and My Own Personal Gun》 (1998, segment of the triptych, 《Bad Girl Trilogy》), have already proved his masterful potential. Further, 《My Own Personal Gun》has made him the Most Promising Director of the Year at the Taipei Film Festival. After almost a decade, he wrote and directed his debut feature, The Most Distant Course, a film about three people seeking new possibilities in love and life in the city. It won the Best Film of the International Film Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival and was selected into many international film festivals.
LIN Jing-jie was born into a working-class family in southern Taiwan so he is particularly concerned with people at the bottom of the society. The TV drama he directed in 2003, 《We Don't Have a Future Together》revolved around a foreign worker and a worker for house-moving. The film was nominated for Best Director for theGolden Bell Awards in that year. The documentary 《Taipei, Looking Up?》(2004) focused on workers coming from small towns to the big city. 《Street Survivor》, a documentary fictionshort he made two years later talked about sex workers on the streets. In 2011, he made 《The Man behind the Book》, a documentary on the renowned Taiwanese writer WANG Wen-hsing, which won Best Film Editing at the 48th Golden Horse Film Festival. At the end of 2014, he would launch 《Irina》, an epic-like comedy on love and family with explicit local traits.
1996 《Murmur of Youth: Steppenwolf》(short)
1998 《My Own Personal Gun》(short for Bad Girl Trilogy)
2000 《My Own Private Green Island》(documentary)
2004 《Taipei, Looking Up?》(documentary)
2006 《Street Survivor》(short)
2007 《The Most Distant Course》
Taipei Film Festival – Special Mentions of Taipei Grand Award, Special Mention of International New Talent Competition
Venice Film Festival – International Film Critics' Week Award
Tokyo International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Asian Film Festival (Rome) – Best Director
Durban International Film Festival
2011 《The Man Behind the Book: Wang Wen-hsing －The Inspired Island. Series of Eminent Writers from Taiwan》(documentary)
Taipei Film Festival – Media's Choice Award
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Film Editing
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival – "Taiwan Cinema Express"
Taiwan International Documentary Festival – Jury Special Mention of Taiwan Award, Merit Prize of International Feature Length Competition
Hangzhou Asian Film Festival
WorldFes-Houston Film Festival – Gold Remi in the category for biographical films
International professional experience