Shih-Ting Hung is a film director who has received multiple awards, including the Gold Medal at the 35th Student Academy Award® for her fantasy film “Viola: The Traveling Rooms of a Little Giant”. This movie continues to screen in more than 200 international film festivals and has been permanently collected by the Academy Film Archives. It also qualified for an Oscar® nomination. Raised in the Pescadores Islands, Taiwan, Shih has a background in painting and graduated from National Taiwan Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts. After earning her Master’s degree at the University of Southern California in Animation, she joined Ridley Scott Associates as the first Taiwanese director under their roster. In addition to speaking on behalf of women’s rights through NGO CSW forums, Shih is also an advocate for overcoming adversity, having experienced both global recessions as well as gender and race issues within the film industry firsthand. Shih is an artist with diverse interests who has exhibited her work at the New York Guggenheim Museum and the upcoming New Taipei City Art Museum. Her works have been covered in Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, and Variety. Shih has an insatiable appetite for Taiwanese cuisine as well as a witty sense of humor. In Mandarin, her name means “poetry”, “sylphlike”, and “deluge”. Shih is currently developing her first TV series, Zero-sum Game. This anthology pilot will focus on American immigrants in the 21st century.
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