Chloé Zhao

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Chloe Zhao
Chloé Zhao
Traditional Chinese 趙婷
Simplified Chinese 赵婷

Chloé Zhao or Zhao Ting is a Chinese filmmaker who is currently based in the United States. Her first feature-length movie Songs My Brothers Taught Me was nominated for the Golden Camera Award at Cannes, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and an Independent Spirit Award. Her second feature The Rider premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and won the Art Cinema Award.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Zhao was born and raised in Beijing before attending high school in London. She went to college in the United States. After graduating with a degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College, she studied filmmaking at New York University’s Graduate Film Program.[2]


Zhao made her feature film debut with Songs My Brothers Taught Me in 2015, produced by Forest Whitaker. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Official Competition.[3] It later played at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Director's Fortnight selection.[4]

Her second feature The Rider premiered at 2017 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight selection and won the Art Cinema Award.

In 2018 the Independent Spirit Awards first gave out the Bonnie Award, named after Bonnie Tiburzi, which "recognizes a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by American Airlines."[5] Chloé Zhao was the first to receive this award.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Zhao lives in United States, where she continues to work as a writer and director.


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Songs My Brothers Taught Me Writer, Director, Producer
2017 The Rider Writer, Director, Producer


  1. ^ Allen, Joseph (18 May 2017). "Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Chloé Zhao — "The Rider"". Women and Hollywood. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Richards, Joshua James. "Chloé Zhao". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Songs My Brothers Taught Me". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Kang, Inkoo. "More Sundance Deals: 'Hot Girls Wanted,' '10,000 Saints,' 'Songs My Brother Taught Me'". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Independent, Film. "2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners Announced". 

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