Yi Chen is a filmmaker and multimedia journalist living in Washington, D.C. Her work has been widely recognized. She is the recipient of the DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development’s “Filmmaker of the Month.” She has won two Peer Awards and the Best Narrative Short Award at the 2010 Our City Film Festival. Chen has received grants from organizations including American University, Fudan Fuzhong Overseas Foundation, Rho Psi Foundation, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a finalist of the prestigious Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2012.
Chen has presented her work throughout the United States at venues including the DC Independent Film Festival, SAG Foundation Shorts Showcase, Katra Film Series, Heritage Film Festival, Falls Church Film Festival, DC Environmental Film Festival, Link TV, MIT TechTV, UNESCO TV and Times Square. She has produced and edited digital content for the United Nations, from malaria prevention in Africa, to empowering women and girls through education. In addition to exhibition record, Chen is also a film critic who has published reviews on Asian Fortune newspaper.
A native of Shanghai, Chen holds a bachelor degree from Fudan University and a Master of Fine Arts from American University. She has taught filmmaking courses at American University, Edmund Burke School, and Montgomery County public schools. She was a Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003-2004.