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Eris Qian is based in New York City and considers herself as a global nomad. Born and raised in China, she has lived and studied in five continents. She leverages her diasporic experience to tell stories about female characters who defy the norms in finding their place in the world. 

Eris' career started at the National Museum of Natural History as a video producer, and her background in documentary informs the grounded research and world-building in her narrative work.

Her debut short film MOTHER TONGUE premiered at CAAMFest, the biggest Asian American film festival in the world, and screened at 15 prestigious festivals globally. Her upcoming short LAST SHIP EAST won screenplay awards at LA Shorts and HollyShorts.

Her first feature PULLING SEEDLINGS was selected for 2021 Sundance x Women In Film Financing Strategy Intensive, the Mubi Wscripted Cannes Screenplay List, and the inaugural NYU Production Lab Development Studio.

Eris is also a member of the BAFTA Newcomers program and the Stars Collective. As a natural multi-hyphenate, she holds MBA/MFA dual degrees from NYU's Stern and Tisch.

Award / Fellowship


BAFTA Newcomers

Stars Collective

Mubi Wscripted Cannes Screenplay List

NYU Production Lab Development Studio

Raindance Screenwriting Fellowship


2018 - 2020

Sundance x Women in Film Financing Strategy Intensive

Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship, NYU Grad Film Department


2017 - 2020

MBA/MFA, New York University

2011 - 2013

BA in Media Studies, first-class distinction, University of Virginia

Summer 2012 

Semester at Sea, Trans-Atlantic and Mediterranean 

Fall 2010

Exchange Program, La Trobe University

2008 - 2010

English, East China Normal University

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