2018 HAAPIFEST Judges


Christine Choy 

Choy was trained as an architect; she received her Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planing, and Preservation, at Columbia University and her Directing Certificate from the American Film Institute. Choy is a full professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She served as the Chair of Graduate Film/TV Program from 1994 to 1997, and again from 2002 to 2005.  She also taught at Yale and Cornell University as well as SUNY Buffalo.  She was a visiting scholar at Evergreen State College, Oslo and Volda film Institute, Norway

Choy has received over seventy international awards include an Oscar Nomination, she also was a recipient of numerous fellowships among them, Fulbright Scholar, John Simon Guggenheim, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, Asian Cultural Council and the Best Cinematography award from the Sundance International Film Festival. She is also a lifetime voting member for the Academy Arts and Science (Academy Awards).


Li Lu

Li Lu is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA. She was born in Suzhou, China, and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Daughter of two physicists, Li discovered her passion in visual mediums - first through photography, then ultimately into filmmaking. Raised on all three coasts and graduating high school in Sugar Land, TX, Li received her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating cum laude.

THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE, her debut feature, won three Best Feature awards and was distributed theatrically and on demand. Her current project, A TOWN CALLED VICTORIA – a documentary about an arson of a Texas mosque – has garnered support from numerous organizations, including the Sundance Institute and Austin Film Society. She also directs commercials and music videos, with some reaching over one million views. Her work has been supported by organizations such as Film Independent and Women in Film, and profiled in the New York Times, IndieWIRE, NPR, Bitch Magazine, and IMDb. A maker of fiction and documentary films, she focuses on work that creates social impact and expands representation of minorities.


Yi Liu

Yi Liu is an English-Chinese bilingual actress currently residing in NYC who has worked across China and the United States.  Among the roles she portrayed were hard-working immigrants, under-represented Asian females, and characters in conflicts with culture shock.  She is known for the short film “Joy Joy Nails”, in which she depicts the hardship of fighting for a life as a nail worker.  It was world premiered at the Tribeca film festival in 2017 and also screened at the Seattle film festival, Palm spring film festival, and NBC Universal short film festival.  Short film “Bargain”, world premiered at the Santa Barbara film festival, and feature film “In a New York Minute (2017)”, both starred Yi Liu revealing the struggles of life in a new society.  The short film “Study Abroad 2: The Day Dreaming Bunny”, starring Yi Liu, gained over 40 medias attention among Asian especially Chinese community in NYC and China. Her other feature film credits include Tiny World (2016) and Confetti (2017).  In addition, Yi Liu starred in a very unique contemporary art film, “Li-Yan 2016”, directed by world-renowned French artist Philippe Parreno that was exhibited at the Gladstone Gallery in New York, Australian Center for the Moving Image.


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