Shengze Zhu

Shengze Zhu


I’m always interested to see the world through the eyes of others, through their viewpoints and perspectives.    


Shengze Zhu is a documentary filmmaker and producer. She co-founded BURN THE FILM with Zhengfan Yang, and they have been collaborating as dynamic duo since 2012. OUT OF FOCUS (2014, documentary) is Zhu’s directorial feature debut, which premiered at the Cinéma du Réel in France, and screened at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea), FRONTEIRA International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Brazil), among others. Her second feature documentary ANOTHER YEAR (2016) premiered at the Visions du Réel in Switzerland and received the Sesterce d’or / Best Film Award; it also received the Grand Prize at the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Critic's Award at the Olhar de Cinema (Brazil), and was honored as "Top 10 Films of the Year" in 2016 by 24 Images magazine (Canada). PRESENT.PERFECT. (2019) is her third feature, which premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition. Zhu has also served as producer for Yang's films, including DISTANT (2013, fiction, Locarno), WHERE ARE YOU GOING (2016) and DOWN THERE (2018).

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