2024 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient



This is a headshot of Violet Du Feng in black and white image, in which she wears a a fluffy jacket and pearl earrings with hair down over her shoulder.Violet Du Feng (she/her) is an Emmy® Award-winning independent documentarian. She is a Documentary branch member of AMPAS and an adjunct professor at the Journalism School of Columbia University. Violet directed and produced the Oscar® Shortlisted Hidden Letters, which premiered in competition at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, won ten international festival awards, and was broadcast in more than 15 countries. Her debut feature Harbor From The Holocaust (2020) was broadcasted as a PBS/CPB special program, , with music performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Violet has directed, produced, and executive produced more than ten films over the past decade. Her films have been invited to more than 100 international film festivals and supported by ITVS, IDA, Sundance DFP, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Ford Foundation, Doc Society and IDFA Bertha Fund. Her producing credits include Dear Mother, I Meant To Write About Death (2022), which received a Special Mention at Busan International Film Festival; Singing In The Wilderness (2021), nominee of Golden Alexander Award at Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Confucian Dream (2019), winner of a Special Jury Award at Karlovy Vary International Festival and the Chinese Academy Award of Documentary Film; Maineland (2017), winner of a Special Jury Award at SXSW; and Please Remember Me (2015), the first film to launch a national impact campaign in China which resulted in policy changes. The film was awarded DocImpactHi5 in 2019. 

Violet started her career as a co-producer on the critically acclaimed 2007 film Nanking, which won a Sundance Special Jury Award, a Peabody Award, and an Emmy® Award; was distributed theatrically in 30 countries and was the highest-grossing documentary in China. Born and raised in Shanghai, Violet is currently based in New York City.