WENHWA TS’AO

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Her short films have screened in film festivals around the world including Palm Spring International ShortFest, Montreal World Film Festival, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, Creteil Festival International de Film de Femmes, Vancouver International Film Festival, MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, Mill Valley International Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Victoria Independent Film Festival, and in traveling festivals and showcases in China, Romania, Mexico, Ecuador, Korea, Africa and the Netherlands.

Wenhwa’s dramatic feature script about human trafficking, Snakehead, was selected for the Emerging Narrative during IFP’s Independent Film Week and won first place in several festivals, including Las Vegas International Film Festival, Cinema City International Film Festival, Indie Producer and was a finalist in various other festivals.


She is currently finishing a short sci-fi film about a seven-year-old cyborg girl as well as in development on a feature script inspired by the historical looting of the Silk Road Buddhist Treasure from 1885 to 1925


In addition to her work as an independent filmmaker, Wenhwa is a passionate educator.  She is a professor and Director of Graduate Study in the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago

Born and raised in Taiwan, Wenhwa Ts’ao is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been supported by grants and funding from KODAK, Illinois Arts Council, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the City of Chicago, Appalshop Arts Center, and Ilford Imaging.