WRITER | DIRECTOR | ACTRESS
awards and distinctions.
WINNER: "Fetish" - Panavision Award for Outstanding Short, Micheaux Film Festival
WINNER: "Fetish" - Award of Prestige - Best Indie Short, Best Comedy, Best Duo, Las Vegas Movie Awards
OSCAR-QUALIFIED: "Fetish" - Worldwide theatrical run, Manhattan Short Film Festival
WINNER: "Charon" - Best Feature Film, International Mobil Film Festival
NOMINATED: "Charon" - Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
WINNER: "Charon" - Best Actress Award of Merit, Best Feature Film Award of Merit, IndieFEST Film Festival
WINNER: "The Evil Inside: - Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Women's Independent Film Festival
Featured in “Deadline” in 2021 for her ambitious solo-effort film, Charon, hitting the Cannes film market, Jennifer Zhang has emerged as an Asian American filmmaker to watch. The feature, which Dread Central proclaimed was “dominating the festival circuit” as a “brutal exploration of isolation and betrayal” was acquired shortly after by Summerhill Entertainment and will see a 2023 U.S. release.
Momentum in her career has only mounted since, with her short film “Fetish" winning the Panavision-sponsored grand prize at the prestigious Micheaux Film Festival and becoming Oscar-qualified with a theatrical run as a top 10 finalist in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. “Fetish” is the first film on the subject of race-based fetishism to enjoy this distinction.
Jennifer’s multi-faceted entertainment career spans 15 years – beginning with mass media attention over her viral parody content in the early days of YouTube, which she leveraged into the production of her debut feature film. The Evil Inside –written, produced, and co-starring Zhang – was an independent horror which won numerous “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Screenplay” festival awards before ultimately being picked up for worldwide distribution on DVD, Bluray and VOD.
In the coming months, Jennifer is poised to hit the festival circuit once more with “Autopilot” – a science-fiction thriller short which she wrote and directed. Co-produced with lead actress Gina Su and shot by American Cinematographer Magazine “Rising Star” Daphne Qin Wu, the film is a conscious effort to boost Asian female representation in the science fiction genre, both in front of and behind the camera.
As a writer, Jennifer is a respected story consultant with Hollywood’s Save the Cat!, and her screenplays have been optioned by executive producers of Academy Award-nominated films. Several of her scripts are currently in active development with production companies around Los Angeles. Meanwhile over the next two months, simultaneous with the start of her Oscar run, Jennifer is slated to begin production on a new short film entitled “The Fallen Woman” and start pre-production on her third feature, Angela.