2018 Breakthrough Award Recipient


Nanfu Wang: 2018 Breakthrough Award Recipient

Nanfu Wang is an Emmy Award®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Wang’s feature debut Hooligan Sparrow was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Since its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Hooligan Sparrow has won over twenty awards internationally including two Emmy Award® nominations, a Peabody Award, a Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Debut Feature Film, a George Polk Documentary Film Award, the IDA’s Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award, and the Truer than Fiction Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Hooligan Sparrow opened theatrically across North America and was later released on POV, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Her latest feature documentary I Am Another You premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017 and won two awards: the LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award – Documentary and the Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn three master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University in English Literature, Media Studies, and Documentary respectively.