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Xueni is a writer, director, and editor who grew up across the continents. She received her BA at Sarah Lawrence College and is pursuing her MFA at FAMU in Prague. She is benefited from her dancing background, where she always returns for inspiration. Her short film Fishbowl has won the Best Student Film Award at Around International Film Festival (Amsterdam). Short film Hush has become the Semi-Finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Official Selection of the NEXXT Competition in the FEST - New Directors New Films Festival, and the Finalist of the Young Director Support Project in Beijing. Recently, she is finishing the post-production of her thesis film Fir and developing feature story concepts.


2023 Fir. Writer, director, editor. Currently in post-production.

2022 The Bus Stop Where Once We Were. Writer, director, editor.

2022, Red Balloon, 35mm short film. Writer, director, editor.

2021, Hush, dance short film. Writer, director, producer. Semi-Finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022.

2020, "Mother", Sci-fi short film. Writer, director. Official Selection of Beverly Hills Film Festival 2021

2019, Fishbowl, 16mm short film. Writer, director. Best Student Film of ARFF Film Festival(Amsterdam) 2021

Other Works

November 2017, You for Me for You, theater, 90 min. Position: video/animation.
Theater performance of two North Korean sisters who defect and must navigate the Land of the Free and their own personal beliefs. Including video projections, the stage performance is the major production of the theater program at Sarah Lawrence College, NY.

August 2017, Shape or Shaped (形·态), theater, 90 min. Position: assistant director.
A physical theater piece performed in Beijing, China. It aims to provoke a critical discussion of profound social norms and question the standardized values of society.

2015-2016, To the Capital of Gold (通向金都), novel, 373 pages. Position: writer.
A group of teenagers have to discover and face their painful past while they fight to become the guardians of their nation, continue their parents’ mission, and protect the country. Published in March 2016, China.

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