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Arctic Qu

Director, Stills Photographer, Writer

Career Summary

Arctic Qu is a Chinese filmmaker living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her career in film directing she worked in the Chinese film and TV industry as a screenwriter for best-selling feature films and TV series. She is also known as an award-winning theatre director and novelist, and professional photographer. Through more than 12 years of experience in her creative career, Arctic has developed a strong ability to create impactful narratives which she combines with surrealistic visual styles, forming a unique approach to storytelling on screen. Her award-winning short films have toured A-category international film festival and top film industry events in US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. In 2021, Arctic founded Gentle Glacier Productions, an independent studio developing a slate of feature films and web series with a special focus on the contemporary female experience and social justice issues.

Professional Credits

  • 2021, Encounter, Domestic, Short Films /, Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery, 19 minutes 5 seconds, Gentle Glacier Productions, Director /
  • 2020, On The Road, International, Factual / Documentary /, 8 minutes 27 seconds, Victorian College of the Arts, Director /
  • 2019, Fragments of Red, Domestic, Short Films /, Romance, Drama, LGBT, Narrative, 8 minutes 43 seconds, Victorian College of the Arts, Director /

Festivals, Awards, Nominations

  • 2021, Tallinn Black Nights Flim Festival, Estonia, Encounter
  • 2020, Future Forward Symposium, University of Melbourne, Australia, On The Road
  • 2020, Oakland Pride Art+Film Fest, Oakland, Fragments of Red

Education & Other Accreditation

  • 2009 - 2013, Peking University, China, Bachelor of Arts
  • 2019 - 2021, University of Melbourne, Australia, Master of Film and Television

Special and Technical Skills

Arctic is a versatile and accomplished professional with skills in theatre directing, screenwriting, novel writing, and professional photography, all of which make her a well-rounded film director.

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