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Renee Zhan

Renee Zhan

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Key Facts






Katy, TX

recommending institution

Tricky Women / Tricky Realities

time period

January 2021 - March 2021

Renee Zhan is a director and animator who uses dark, visceral images to explore the ugliness of beautiful things. She has participated and won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Jury Award for Best Animated Short at Sundance Film Festival 2019. A native of Houston, Texas, Zhan received her Master of Arts at the National Film and Television School in London.

Oxbelly Fellowship, script development lab, 2019
Animated projections for Lulu, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, at the Salzburg Opera Festival 2017
Selections at international film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, TIFF, and Locarno


Reneepoptosis (2018)
Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Animation
Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw) 2016
Slamdance Film Festival Best Animated Short Film
Pidge (2015)

Project info

I will be working on two projects. The first is a short film called Ecdysis, which is mid-production. It’s a personal film about mating rituals and human relationships. It is made using oil paint and charcoal animated on paper.
I will also be researching and working on the script for a feature film.
It’s about a post apocalyptic world in which the remaining humans existing in a wasteland fighting against a mother earth who is halfway between a termite and a hurricane.

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