Luo Jian

Director / Writer

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Born in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of China on the Gobi Desert, Luo Jian {pronounced: LwOr-TSian} is a visual storyteller whose work is driven by a desire to explore versions of the world unseen. She graduated with an MFA degree in Film from NYU, and holds her BAs in Sociology and Cinema Studies.

Her short film What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon tells a magical realist story about a young woman who gives birth to a jellyfish during an attempted abortion. Premiering at the 2019
Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (best short nomination), it played at over 40 film festivals including BFI London Film Festival (best short nomination), Palm Springs International ShortFest (best live-action film), Stockholm International Film Festival (Aluminum Horse), Pendance Film Festival (Jury Award), before it launched the NOWNESS Asia platform in June 2020.

Jian recently signed to Lief (Alma Har’el, Shannon Murphy, Eva Michon) for European commercial
representation and has been working with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, UPS and Nestle. The short film she wrote and directed for Martell out of Paris has just won GOLD at the 1.4 AWARDS for best brand work.

Jian is the recipient of the Ang Lee grant, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, and the Artist in
Residence program at Palm Springs International Film Festival. In between her directing work, Jian
provides professional and artistic advice to grad film students at the School of Visual Arts. She also works as a film lecturer at public elementary schools in NYC.