Jia Zhao, Dr founder/producer
Jia Zhao is a Chinese-Dutch film producer based in Amsterdam. She founded MUYI FILM and SILK ROAD FILM SALON in 2012. The latter is cofounded with Afghan-Dutch film director Aboozar Amini and has as primary focus on regions along the ancient trade route Silk Road. Jia is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, English and Dutch. Coming from Asia and based in Europe, Jia matches resources from the East and West to nurture and mentor emerging voices and to bring authentic stories to the world in high cinematic quality. In 2021, A Marble Travelogue by Sean Wang is selected for IDFA Frontlight and I’m So Sorry (co-producer) by Zhao Liang for Cannes film festival. From 2015 to 2019 her works Mr. Hu and the Temple, Fallen Flowers Thick Leaves, Lady of the Harbour, Kabul, City in the Wind, Smog Town (co-producer) have been shortlisted for IDFA Competition section for five times in a row, with Kabul, City in the Wind being the opening film for IDFA 2018, and awarded Special Jury Award for First Appearance Competition. In 2019, Inner Landscape was chosen as the closing film for IFFR2019. Her work The Crow Is Beautiful (co-director) was selected for IDFA 2017 Masters.
Next to producing, Jia is regularly a juror, mentor or panelist at major festivals and funds such as IDFA Bertha Fund, Berlinale Talents, Visions Du Reel, DMZ etc. Since 2022 Jia is the artistic director of Cinemasia, an Amsterdam-based Asian film festival.