Qihong Wei, Class of 2017

Qihong Wei is a narrative film writer and director from Shanghai, China. He spent over 12 years as a Group Creative Director in an international advertising agency. With a passion for movies, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a film director. He moved to New York City to study film at the School of Visual Arts in the MPS Directing program. Qihong's many years of experience in creating TV commercials and video content have given him extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process and trained him in engaging storytelling. As a filmmaker, Qihong is most interested in Sci-Fi, the genre that has rarely been touched by Chinese directors. He aspires to make a Chinese version of Star Wars in the future. Movie Link

Muse Li, Class of 2018

Miaosi Li is a female Chinese independent film director. She studied law at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law before completing a masters’ in film direction at the School of Visual Arts. Her filmmaking career began in Paradise Pictures Culture & Arts Company in China. Over the years, she has directed commercials, short documentaries and music videos. Her productions on new-media platforms have exceeded tens of thousand views online.  Miaosi will debut her first narrative short film, “Sweetie,” in North America in 2018. Movie Link

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat, Class of 2017

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat is a film writer and director from Thailand. His interest in storytelling began in the theater when he volunteered for the Makhampom Foundation. There, he produced community and educational theater productions. While an undergraduate studying Mass Communication, Rujiroj began acting and directing street theater. After more than 10 years on the stage, he began to experiment in film. Rujiroj has produced, written, and directed several short films. His short films, “Pui (2014)” and “The Eyes (2015)”, were screened at film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival. He received his Masters degree in the MPS Directing program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Movie Link

Rebecca Halfon, Class of 2018

Rebecca Halfon is a writer, director, producer & editor from New York City.
Her debut short, Bodega, was completed in 2018.  Both warm and real, the film gives a comical and human face to Muslim immigrants that defies stereotype, while offering a rare portrayal of teen girls as empowered, funny, and flawed.
The film was selected for the 2018 Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing at the School of Visual Arts, and won second prize at the SVA Graduate Film Festival.  It will have its world festival premiere in 2019. 
Prior to pursuing filmmaking, Rebecca held a variety of roles in the film, media and political advocacy world.  In 2015, she helped to found Hollywood United for a Healthy California, a coalition working to unite the entertainment industry against the fossil fuel industry in CA.  She continues to be passionate about and engaged in the environmental justice movement.  In addition to graduating from SVA’s Master’s in Directing program, she is a proud alumna of Barnard College.
She lives in Brooklyn. Website Link