Zhou Hao

Documentary Filmmaking Specialisation Mentor

Zhou Hao is an award-winning Chinese documentary filmmaker.  

He started his career as a photojournalist for Xinhua News Agency and Southern Weekly magazine for more than a decade. 

In 2001, he produced his debut documentary, Hou Jie Township, which won the Black Pottery Award (Best New Professional Reward) at the Yunnan Multi-Culture Visual Festival. 

His subsequent works have garnered multiple awards, including Senior Year (2005), which won the Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Cotton (2014), which was awarded Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Film Festival. 

His most acclaimed work to date is The Chinese Mayor (2015), which scooped the Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Asian Film Awards, and Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Film Festival for the second time in a row. 

Having served as a jury at various film festivals, he was invited by the Academy to vote for the Oscars in 2020.