Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Wong Chen-Hsi

Associate Professor

School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)6513 8235
Office: ART 4-10

  • MFA University of Southern California 2005
  • BA Wesleyan University 1999
Chen-Hsi Wong is a film writer-director. Her debut fiction feature film “Innocents” (2012) premiered in competition at the Rome IFF, and has won awards at prominent international film festivals, including “Best Director - New Talent” at the Shanghai IFF, “Best Screenplay” at Ourense IFF and the Jury Prize at Film de Femmes Creteil.

Additional work includes the award-winning fiction short film “Who Loves the Sun” (2006), documentary shorts “Conversations on Sago Lane” (2010) and “Open City at the Smell” (2012), and a science fiction CGI short “Dev Null” (2017). She is currently in advanced development for her next feature, “City of Small Blessings” which was selected for the Cannes Cinefondation l’Atelier (2017).

Chen-Hsi has screened at many international festivals and venues, including Jeonju IFF, Shanghai IFF, Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Films de Femmes Creteil, Kolkata IFF, Rio de Janeiro IFF, San Francisco Asian-American IFF, New York Asian Cinevision, Rhode Island IFF, IWFF Dortmund/Cologne, Malibu Festival of Film, Los Angeles SFF, Berlin SFF, Singapore IFF, The Director’s Guild of America, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, and La Cinematheque Francaise Paris.

She wrote her BA (Hons) thesis in aesthetic philosophy at the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, and received her MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is an alumna of the Torino Film Lab, Berlinale Talents, and Film Independent Los Angeles, and Co-Founder of the WCA (Women of the Cinematic Arts) at USC.
Research Interests
Chen-Hsi's directorial focus is on character-driven stories that probe liminal spaces in our contemporary life.

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