Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Chen Linglin (Celine)
Festival Events Coordinator
Chen Linglin (Celine)
Celine is a graduate of Shanghai Institute of Technology and Korea Nazarene University where she earned her master’s degree in International Sign Interpretation. Celine has been deaf since the age of 2 months after contracting a high fever. She has had hearing and speech training and is fluent in Chinese Sign Language, Korean Sign Language, American Sign Language as well as International Sign. Celine has worked as an international travel coordinator for deaf travelers in China, a sign language instructor, and is also a talented graphic designer and producer who has worked at several film and media companies in Shanghai.
Celine is an experienced media events coordinator, and we are fortunate to have her talents on our SHIDFF core team to make sure the entire festival runs smoothly, efficiently and welcoming to all. As part of her duties, Celine will also oversee the sign language training for our team of volunteer interpreters to ensure smooth communication for all participants.
Zheng Xiaosan (Sam)
Zheng Xiaosan (Sam)
Sam is a deaf filmmaker and animator based in Shanghai. He is an international award-winning deaf director and works with a cast of deaf actors and deaf production crew.
Sam was awarded his bachelor’s degree in creative arts and design from Henan University of Technology (formerly Zhengzhou Institute of Technology), one of only four Chinese universities with national recruitment of deaf students. He has worked in creative industries of art and design and furthered his media studies with Shanghai Theatre Academy and Xuhui University of Continuing Education where he has taught 3D animation and acts as Off-campus Advisor for the Special Education Department. He is fluent in Chinese Sign Language, American Sign Language, British Sign Language and International Sign.
Deaf since birth, Sam is committed to expanding the visible presence of deaf characters, storylines and documentaries to promote greater social inclusion and harmony in society throughout the media. His film and media interests on behalf of the deaf community include documentaries, animations, music videos, and biographical films.
As Founding Director of SHIDFF, Sam is keen to use this platform to encourage emerging and established deaf filmmakers to pursue their dream by contributing creativity to society through the power of the media. He also welcomes the hearing community and mainstream media to SHIDFF so everyone can learn from each other to advance understanding and social inclusion for all.
Zhou Jiayi (Jane)
Zhou Jiayi (Jane)
Jane graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC with a double major in Art Design and Art Creation. She then went on to receive her master’s degree in International Development for People with Disabilities, also from Gallaudet. Deaf since her third day of life when she was accidentally dropped by the nurse, Jane has never let her deafness handicap her in pursuit of her dreams.
Jane’s interest in art developed as a child as a means of communication with her mother, as she didn’t have the words to express her thoughts or feelings. So she instinctively turned to drawing as a means to express herself. From the Shanghai Youth Deaf Technical School to the Shanghai Institute of Technology, Jane developed her professional skills in painting and art design. Holding exhibits in the international quarter of Shanghai allowed her to develop English skills and meet foreigners which ultimately led to her international education in the United States, where she became the first Shanghainese female student to be admitted to the prestigious Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Jane is proficient in Chinese Sign Language, American Sign Language and International Sign and has performed sign language interpretation at numerous international meetings, conferences and study abroad programs, including high level participants such as Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama. She is also an avid reader, world traveller, and collector of abstract art from different corners of the world. She is always learning more about deaf people and their struggles worldwide to promote awareness about their identities and improve their quality of life.
Since returning to China, Jane has been a model leader in the deaf community, addressing the gaps in social inclusion that still exist in Chinese society. She worked as a designer at the Sunshine Workshop, a public service project to teach deaf and handicapped learners how to express themselves creatively through reinventing traditional Chinese arts and crafts. She now works at the Shanghai East International Medical Center as a graphic designer, helping to create effective and inclusive health care public information campaigns.
We are so pleased that Jane has joined our core team as Competitions Coordinator, overseeing the fairness of SHIDFF film submissions, the independent jury panel, and the awards ceremony.
Academic and Artistic Coordinator
Zhao Xiaojun received his bachelor’s degree from Fudan University and a dual master’s degree from University of Heidelberg in Germany in German and Chinese Language and Culture.
A linguist and cultural specialist, as well as an author and artist, Zhao Xiaojun has worked at the Central Translation Bureau and taught at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing as well as Long Island University and the National Health Service in London. No stranger to filmmaking, he has worked as an extra artist on numerous major studio productions, including the James Bond and Star Wars franchises. While he is hearing, Zhao Xiaojun lives with tinnitus and learns about severe acquired hearing loss in immediate family members.
For the past two years, Zhao Xiaojun has been a visiting scholar and foreign expert at the Shanghai Open University Institute of International Exchange where he has developed ‘Coding Chinese’, an innovative theoretical and practical pedagogical approach to teaching Chinese characters to non-Chinese speakers. Coding Chinese will feature prominently in SOU’s “One Belt One Road” Open Learning and the Construction of a Learning City program.
Zhao Xiaojun has recently registered Qian Tao, a company to develop and promote artistic and cultural exchange of ideas and experiences between Chinese and non-Chinese people. He is currently collaborating with Zheng Xiaosan on producing an animated series of short stories based on his original paper-cut art that will rely on visual storytelling so as to be easily accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.
As Academic and Artistic Coordinator, Zhao Xiaojun will make sure SHIDFF collaborates well with our academic partners and stakeholders, offers top-quality filmmaking skills workshops and professional exchanges, and that the festival shines brightly on the Shanghai artistic landscape.
Youth Development Coordinator
Shan Renbing graduated from Beijing Science and Technology Vocational College with a degree in art. He has a strong background in film, theatre and dance.
Profoundly deaf since losing his hearing at age 8 months as a result of medication for a high fever, Shan Renbing has never allowed the challenges of his new life to interfere with his positive attitude and self-confidence, both personally and professionally. He wears a hearing aid and has reclaimed his speech as well as his proficiency in sign language.
Shan Renbing has performed as lead actor in director Zheng Xiaosan’s international award-winning sign language music video ‘The Song for Single’ for Best Creative Short Film. He made his acting debut as a youth in ‘Silent River’ a film about a young teacher at a deaf-mute school being immersed into the silent world of his students. Being selected by the China National Film Children’s Film Studio, he was the film’s Number One young deaf actor.
Shan Renbing performed nationally and internationally with the China Disabled Peoples’ Performing Art Troupe for 12 years where he also served as their team leader performing in over 50 countries on 5 continents. He was also one of 20 deaf and blind artists in the world-famous ‘Thousand Hand Guan Yin’ performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Paralympics opening ceremony, viewed and praised by millions worldwide.
Shan Renbing now works at Shanghai Handicapped Sports Training Center as well as being a principal actor and dancer in the Shanghai Disabled Persons Federation Art Troupe since 2013. Shan Renbing is a perfect choice as our Youth Development Coordinator, given his passion, talent and wealth of experience as a successful deaf artist across so many artistic forms. In 2015 he was awarded Grade Eight in the National Social Art Proficiency Test Band Examination for Chinese Dance, proving that young deaf artists can accomplish their dreams. SHIDFF’s youth development education program will surely blossom under Shan Renbing’s guidance as a top priority.
Wang Wei is deaf and from Beijing. She is a graduate of Gallaudet University in Digital Media and holds a Master of Arts for Producing in Film and Video and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, DC. Wang Wei tells deaf stories through her work as a documentarian, producing several documentary films and scripts, two of which were officially selected at International Deaf Film festivals in Hong Kong and France.
Since returning to China from the USA last year, Wang Wei has continued her work with the deaf community as a volunteer and filmmaker. This includes involvement with various sign language camps where she is committed to mentoring the next generation of deaf filmmakers and storytellers and teaches deaf youth about the power of creating and expressing their own stories to increase public knowledge and awareness about deaf culture. She currently lives and works in Changsha City, Hunan province as a teacher with the Hunan Hand Voice deaf educational project.
Wang Wei is fluent in Chinese Sign Language and American Sign Language. Besides, she works as an International Sign interpreter at various international conferences and workshops in China.
SHIDFF is most pleased that Wang Wei represents us in Hunan as a core team member and first point of contact for liaison with the Hunan deaf, film and media communities.
Su Qing was born in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and now lives in Beijing. From 1998 to 2001, he worked at an advertising company in Southeast China’s Chongqing city, but then followed his dream to become a documentary filmmaker in Beijing.
From 2002 to 2008, Su Qing directed Time Ru Ge and Exploration Discovery on CCTV, including the production of special feature films such as Chinese Cultural Relics, a series of documentary Chinese Stories and other works. The Song of Life, a character-based documentary, won the Star Light Award for Outstanding TV Producer in China.
His independent work often centers of deaf themes and includes The White Tower, The Era of Sign Language, Old Tang, The Sycamore Tree, etc. His first deaf-themed film, The White Tower, won the Premier Prize at the 15th Marseille International Film Festival. He is currently filming a contemporary documentary on school children in deaf schools around China.
Su Qing became interested in sign language and deaf culture at an early age because his elder brother is deaf, and he was taught the regional dialect of Chinese Sign Language as a boy so he could communicate with his brother and his brother’s deaf friends. Su Qing has often commented on how comfortable he feels within the deaf community and his very warm personal affection for deaf people he knows and works with throughout China.
In fact, when Su Qing and his wife, Mi Na, decided to open a restaurant in Beijing in 2008, they made a strong personal commitment to address the employment and social inclusion problems in the deaf community by hiring a complete team of deaf and mute waiters and waitresses. Instead of hiding deafness in the back kitchen, the Mina restaurant places deafness directly front-and-center in terms of interacting with the customers.
SHIDFF is most pleased that Su Qing represents us in Beijing as a core team member and first point of contact for liaison with the Beijing deaf, film and media communities.
Art Exhibit Coordinator
He Lifeng was born into a family of teachers, and he aspired to be a teacher since he was a child. In 1985, he entered Shanghai Hongkou District Education College and worked as a librarian. Following his dream to be a classroom teacher despite his deafness, He Lifeng continued to strive to improve his academic qualifications, through hard effort and self-study. Finally, in 1991 he was awarded his special practice professional certificate at Xuhui University of Continuing Education.
Having achieved his special practice professional certification, He Lifeng was offered a full-time teacher of art position at Hongkou Deaf School. Cherishing his work with deaf students very much, he often used his spare time to improve his teaching skills as well as his business ability in the field of art and photography, working several times harder than hearing people for his self-improvement due to the limited resources and support available. Since 1998, he has been an art teacher in the First School for the Deaf in Shanghai, teaching deaf students painting, photography and art. This year, he also attends the Shanghai Theater Academy’s Continuing Education College of Art and Design, adding to his already busy schedule.
He Lifeng is one of the few deaf teachers in the Shanghai deaf school system and skillfully uses Sign Language for classroom communication. The Shanghai First School for the Deaf also has a well-equipped film studio for teaching students about media careers and filmmaking skills. With the advent of SHIDFF, He Lifeng sees the many possibilities of full utilization of this facility to reach out to deaf youth across Shanghai and China to develop their interests and skills in filmmaking and media career paths.
As Art Exhibit Coordinator, He Lifeng will oversee the planning of SHIDFF’s deaf art and photography exhibit and art auction which will run concurrently with the film festival.
Xiao Liang (Leo)
Xiao Liang (Leo)
Leo is the Founder and Director of Shanghai Puki Deaf Coordinating Agency, an agency with the goal to empower deaf students to live self-reliant lives so they can find their way in the mainstream society.
Founded in 2010, SPDCA is a non-profit social enterprise NGO registered in Shanghai Municipality. By establishing partnerships with government departments, universities and colleges, charity foundations, and enterprises, SPDCA has been able to generate its own revenue by offering graphic design services and thereby fund philanthropic and educational endeavors for deaf students in Shanghai. Their highly successful 1+1 Internship Plan pairs deaf students and hearing volunteers to complete work internships. Many successful deaf interns go on to paid employment with their host companies and organizations.
Leo founded SPDCA after quitting his job as a copywriter in a design company in Shanghai. There he made friends with deaf co-workers and got interested in learning sign language. While attending Xuhui University of Continuing Education to further his study of Chinese Sign Language, Leo became acquainted with many of the deaf students studying at Xuhui, which has a 30 year history of excellent deaf education. Out of this initial contact with the deaf education community, the concept of the 1+1 Internship Plan was born with a single hearing impaired student successfully completing a design project sponsored by the local government.
Since that humble beginning 8 years ago, and aided by China’s Non Profit Incubator NGO, Leo and his team have not only expanded their successful deaf internship program, but have added a number of other activities. For example the Shimmer Camp held each summer provides training for deaf students in international fashion design and crafts that is attended by deaf students from all over China.
SHIDFF is very fortunate to be accepted as an activity under the SPDCA umbrella of services to the deaf community, as deaf youth development and education in filmmaking fits so well with SPDCA’s mission of serving the deaf community. We welcome Leo to our team as his experience and expertise in social enterprise organizational and financial structure and development will be invaluable to our success.
Seung received his Associate’s Degree in Computer Application Technology from Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. After studying at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, he then obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Media Design from Gallaudet University, where he is also to be awarded his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in May 2018.
Seung is originally from China’s Yanbian Korean Anonymous Prefecture in Jilin Province that borders Russia and North Korea. His mother is Korean-Chinese and his father is ethnic Korean. He has been deaf since a high fever and medication at age 1½, but has never allowed his deafness to interfere with his academic, career or personal goals. While at Gallaudet he has received awards for his art and media design projects from the Art, Communication and Theater Department as well as Outstanding Director of Public Relations Award from the Asian & Pacific Islander Association.
In addition to his interests in film and photography, Seung has advanced IT skills and experience in web design, webmaster, and social media platform development. Seung has served as Media/Public Relations coordinator for Miss & Mister Deaf International, a non-profit organization that empowers today’s deaf women and men through global talent development and media exposure. He also has expertise with numerous computer systems including both O/S and Macintosh, and software packages such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, ELAN, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, CC, and Adobe Premiere.
Seung is proficient at American, Chinese and Korean Sign Languages and International Sign, and has taught these languages at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. He has a keen interest in developing and promoting professionally trained and certified sign language interpreters in China. He is also proficient in written English, Chinese and Korean.
As SHIDFF Media Coordinator, Seung will oversee the construction and coordination of public relations information by his team across the SHIDFF website, Chinese social media platforms, and international social media platforms to insure the information is timely, accurate, useful and accessible to all in line with SHIDFF’s policy on social inclusion.
SHIDFF warmly welcomes Seung to our core team, and we entrust all our dear followers and supporters to him to receive the best media information we can provide.
Wu Weixing (David)
Wu Weixing (David)
Wu Weixing (David) is originally from Henan Province and now living and working in Nanjing. He began his higher education at Art Design College, Xi’an Jiaotong University. David continued his studies earning his BA in Sign Language Applied Linguistics at Indira Gandhi National Open University in partnership with Central Asian University of Hawaii. He received his Master’s degree at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts, Visva Bharati University, India, which counts globally renowned independent filmmaker Satyajit Ray as one its alumni.
Born to hearing parents, David contracted a high fever at 100 days of age and acquired deafness through damage to his auditory nerve due to improper medication. He is fluent in Chinese Sign Language, Indian Sign Language, Nepalese Sign Language, International Sign, and written Chinese and English. He is artistically interested in sign language art creation, shadow and paper cut design, and visual arts and has won a number of prizes and certificates for his original art work in China and India.
In 2011, David won the Best New Actor’s Award in the Best Short Film awarded at New Delhi’s First National Film Festival for the Deaf.
David’s work experience demonstrates his commitment to global social inclusion, having worked for Rural Women and Children Education programs and art education in bilingual deaf schools in India. Upon returning to China, David has taken up a position teaching Chinese Sign Language at Nanjing Normal University of Special Education in its Sign Language Interpreter major program.
He is currently collaborating with Zheng Xiaosan and Zhao Xiaojun on producing an animated series of short stories based on original paper-cut and shadow art that will rely on visual storytelling so as to be easily accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.
SHIDFF is most pleased that David represents us in Nanjing as a core team member and first point of contact for liaison with the Nanjing deaf, film and media communities.