b. 1985, China

Lei Lei Biography

Lives and works in Beijing, China, and Los Angeles, USA. An alumnus of Tsinghua University in Beijing (2009), Lei Lei has won awards at festivals around the world for his experimental animation work. In 2010, his short film This is LOVE received the Best Narrative Short award at Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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In 2013, his film Recycled, made using photographic archive material, in collaboration with Thomas Sauvin, was selected by the Annecy animation festival and won the Grand Prix shorts - non-narrative at the Holland International Animation Film Festival. Lei Lei's work has been featured in exhibitions throughout East Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia, and he has completed several artist residencies, including Macdowell, Yaddo, the Asian Cultural Council Cai fellowship, and La Bande Video in Quebec, Canada.

In 2018, he was enrolled as a faculty member of CalArts Experimental Animation program in California. In the same year, Lei Lei was awarded the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award for Weekend, a video collage of images taken from photo albums and old magazines. His film Breathless Animals premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

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