• Heading South

    Directed by Yuan Yuan
    China/USA | 13 minutes |

8-year-old Chasuna travels from her home in the grassland to visit her father who lives in the big city. However, during her father’s birthday party, she finds out he has remarried to a Chinese woman. Chasuna has to learn how to accept her as part of the family.

WINNER: Best Student U.S. Short

film details

Director: Yuan Yuan
Producers: Yuan Yuan, Meng Fei
Screenwriter: Yuan Yuan
Cinematographers: Joewi Verhoeven
Editor: Yuan Yuan
Music: Lu Wang
Cast: Chasuna, Fala Chen, Tungalag, Eerdeng Tuoya
Original Language Title: 雁南飞
Country: China/USA
Language: In Mongolian and Mandarin with English subtitles.
Year: 2020
Running Time: 13 minutes
Awards: Best Student Film, Aspen Shortsfest; Grand Prize, 25th DGA Student Film Awards
Contact Email: dreamfoolsfilm@gmail.com
Website: https://www.dreamfools.com/headingsouth

director biography

Yuan Yuan was born and raised in China. She is currently an Ang Lee Scholar at New York University as an MFA candidate in writing and directing. After graduating from Shanghai Theatre Academy with a BA in directing, she began working in script development for Oscar-winning producer Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Lust, Caution). In 2017, Yuan applied grad school to follow her dream in storytelling. Her last short EXCHANGE was selected by Palm Springs ShortFests, and won ‘Best Real Image’ in Fantasy Film Festival. In 2019, she won the Grand Prize of DGA Student Film Award in Asian American category.

Meet The Filmmaker

2020 ShortFest Archive