Principal, Producer, Director
Aonan was born during the Third Indochina War (1979), in a Chinese northeast mountain village where a large state munitions factory was hidden. Both his parents were workers in that factory. And in that town is where his connection to Cinema started, when as a child, he’d sit on a stool on the slope of a hill watching Bollywood films being projected onto a giant piece of white silk.
In 1996, he immigrated to Canada and settled down in Toronto. He obtained his first degree in computer engineering at University of Toronto, but soon after started to become aware of a strong sense of intimacy with Cinema, which he traces back to those particular childhood experiences. In 2008 he completed his studies at the prestigious Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montréal with distinction.
In the last three years, he had the privilege to present his short films at many noticeable film festivals including the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France), the Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), the Sehsuechte Festival (Germany) and Young Film Art (Poland). In 2008, he also became the first Canadian to win the top Kodak Educational Award in Cinematography for the region of U.S and Canada.
In the Depth of Summer (writer, director)
On the Way to the Sea (producer)