Angela Chen is an American film and commercial director born and raised in the heart of Texas with family roots in Taiwan and China. Her current narrative feature is the recipient of the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and AFI’s Development Grant. Angela’s films have won numerous awards and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, and more. Her AFI film OUR HOME HERE played at over thirty film festivals and won multiple best narrative short awards.
She was also a recipient of the ITVS Diversity Development Fund for her documentary feature and she was an Armed with a Camera Fellow at Visual Communications which funded her short documentary, A CONVERSATION. Furthermore, she was a fellow at the International Storytellers Lab in Italy’s Castle Gandolfo who funded her short documentary THE CURRENCY OF DREAMS. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Sony Director’s Program and is an active member of AWD (Alliance of Women Directors), Women in Film, and Film Independent.
In 2016, she was contracted as a writer/director with Turner Broadcasting’s SUPER DELUXE and formerly as a director at BAMM.tv in San Francisco where she created, directed and hosted the travel and music program BAMM WoW that was distributed internationally. In 2017, she directed her first commercial on pay equality with AUDI in New York and most recently she directed a documentary series in Japan for Google.
As the eldest child of immigrant parents of a broken home, she is drawn to stories of connection within intricate and flawed societies focusing on compelling perspectives. She brings a strong cinematic eye to storytelling with her passion to inspire forward-thinking while evoking conversations of the human condition relating to our social structure in both authentic and entertaining ways.
She is an MFA Directing graduate from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles and studied Film and Asian American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Angela is also the current Global Creative Director at HTC VIVE (VR).
TFI Network | 2020