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Jian Yi (Chinese: 简艺; pinyin: jiǎn yì) is a Chinese independent filmmaker, visual artist, and writer. He has worked as a filmmaker and senior art consultant for a number of European Union projects in China. His films Bamboo Shoots and Super, Girls! won a number of international film festival awards. Since 2014, Jian Yi has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable food system in China and founded the Good Food Fund under the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation. Jointly with Yale Hospitality of Yale University, Jian started the China Food Leadership Initiative in 2018 and during the Chinese New Year in 2019, he headed a delegation of seven top Chinese chefs, entrepreneurs, journalists and toured five U.S. universities (Yale, UMass, Harvard, UConn and CIA), where they coached chefs in the host universities on preparing for Chinese New Year banquets and were engaged in dialogues on sustainable food system. The tour was taken place under the theme of the Food Forward Forum.
He received a Master's degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, and an MA in International Journalism from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 1999. Jian received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2015.
He is the founder and director of ARTiSIMPLE Studio, which was founded in January 2005 and has pioneered the art of collaborative community and citizen projects. In 2005-06, he partnered with premier documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang to launch the China Villager Documentary Project. Jian's photos on China's village governance toured the nation's seven provinces as well as the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels and the Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
In 2007, Jian Yi won the Bronze Zenith Award at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival for his feature film Dong Sun ("Bamboo Shoots"), one of only two Asian films to win an award. In 2007 Jian also produced and directed Super, Girls!, the only independently produced documentary film about the Super Girl singing contest, one of the most popular TV shows in China’s history. As a result he was one of the three Chinese national finalists selected by the British Council for the 2007 International Young Film Entrepreneur of the Year award. (Bamboo Shoots officially hit Canadian cinemas on August 26, 2010.)
Jian launched the IFCHINA pilot project in his hometown of Ji'an in 2008-09 with Douglas Xiao and Eva Song.
Jian Yi is currently a member of the Art Advisory Board for the Yale-China Association.
- 2007 Visiting Fellow, CRASSH (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
- 2007–2008 Starr Foundation Fellowship (Asian Cultural Council, New York City)
- 2008–2010 India China Institute Fellow (New School, New York City)
- 2009 Yale World Fellow (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
- 2010 OSI Fellow (Open Society Foundation, New York, NY)
- Bronze Zenith Award, 27th Montreal World Film Festival
- Digital Cinema Award, 10th Barcelona Asian Film Festival
- Official Selection, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, 2008
- Official Selection, 10th Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, 2008
- Official Selection, Cambridge Film Festival, 2007
- Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Notable screenings|
|2007–2009||New Socialist Climax (documentary)||红色之旅|
|2007||Bamboo Shoots (narrative)||冬笋||Solo screening, Hong Kong Art Center, 2010|
|2007||Super, Girls! (documentary)||超级女生||Cherry Lane Movies, Beijing; Caochangdi Workstation, Beijing; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Yale University; New York University; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; California College of the Arts; China Institute|
|2007–2009||JI'AN 24x60' (experimental video, 24 minutes)||吉安 24x60|
|2009||Remote Control（experimental video, 11 minutes）||遥控|
|2009||What's for Dinner (29',documentary)||何以为食|
|2012||Global Civics (documentary)||全球公民|
|2014-2016||The 1000-Hour Film Project: Stories of Birth (documentary)||1000小时的电影：《生的故事》|
|2017-||Zodiac 12 (documentary)||《十二生肖》|
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- Good Food Fund/Academy 
- Zodiac 12 
- China Village Documentary Project
- Yale World Fellows Program