Renee Zhan

Renee Zhan
Adult Swim
Renee Zhan
Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection
What’s that lurking in the basement?
Renee Zhan
O Black Hole
NFTS Animated Short Film 2020 (Excerpt)
Renee Zhan

Renee is a Chinese-American director and animator from Houston, Texas now based in London. Like many Blinkink directors, Renee honed her craft at the National Film & Television School.  Renee’s short films have screened and won awards internationally including Annecy, TIFF, SXSW, and the Jury Prize for Animated Short at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Her work explores a range of topics such as body, nature and sexuality. Yet all of her films are incredibly balanced between the lovely and the visceral; they are deeply satisfying to watch.

Renee uses a wide range of techniques in her work that have a tactile feel, breathing life into the audience’s senses. From hand drawn 2D to watercolour and claymation, she expresses something new and pushes boundaries on each project.

Awards & Recognition

O Black Hole! (2020)

Annie Award Nomination  

Student BAFTA shortlist 

TIFF Special Jury “Share her Journey” award  

SXSW Special Jury award for Vision  

Aspen Shortsfest Jury Award for Best Animation 

Poitiers Film Festival Jury Special Prize Award (2020)

Piccolo Festival D'Animazione Main Competition first prize (2020) 





London Short Film Festival, 



Indy Shorts Heartland, 

Tampere Official Selections

Reneepoptosis (2018)

Sundance Award for Best Animated Short Film

Dallas International Film Festival Best Animated Short Tricky Women/Tricky Realities 

Jury Award  

SICAF Jury Award  Locarno, 


SXSW Official Selection 

Vimeo Staff Pick

Hold Me (ca Caw CA Caw) (2016)

Slamdance Award for Best Animated Short Locarno, 

SXSW Official Selection 

Vimeo Staff Pick

Soft Animals (2018)

Annecy International Animation Festival Official Selection

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