Simon Liu was raised between Hong Kong and Stoke-On-Trent, UK and now lives in Brooklyn, USA. His films and multiple 16mm projection works have been presented at film festivals and with institutions internationally including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh IFF, Hong Kong IFF, M+ Museum, CROSSROADS @ SF MoMA, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Festival du Nouvéau Cinéma, Maryland Film Festival, Hamburg Kurzfilmtage, Light Industry, and IMAGE FORUM. His most recent 16mm multiple projection work Cluster Click City Sundays premiered as a part of DREAMLANDS: EXPANDED - an expanded-cinema series organized by Microscope Gallery as a part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema & Art, 1905 - 2016”.

Liu is a member of Negativland Motion Picture Lab, an artist-run film lab where he prints, processes and completes his films on 16mm and 35mm film. He has given lectures and performed as a visiting artist at institutions such as the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Yale University, the Beijing Film Academy and the New School. In 2018 he was a recipient of the NYSCA and Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund


2010 BFA, Film & Television Production NYU: Tisch School of the Arts

Selected Screenings & Exhibitions


International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Short Competition :: E-Ticket — Rotterdam, Netherlands


Toronto International Film Festival - WAVELENGTHS :: Fallen Arches — Toronto, Canada

Yale University :: I Decided To Turn Left (Solo Program) — New Haven, USA

M+ Museum - Haunting Images : Live Cinema with Lim Giong :: Harbour City — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Tai Kwun Contemporary :: Start From Scratch, Not Two Steps Back (Curated by Simon Liu) — Hong Kong S.A.R

Ohio State University - CINEMA, EXPANDED :: Program w/ Josh Lewis — Columbus, USA

Cork Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Cork, Ireland

Festival Du Nouvéau Cinéma :: Star Ferry — Montréal, Canada

Paris Festival of Different & Experimental Cinémas :: Star Ferry — Paris, France

Antimatter [media art] :: Star Ferry — Victoria, Canada

Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image 2018 :: Star Ferry — Binghamton, USA

PHOTOFAIRS - “Connected” Video Program w/ VIDEOTAGE :: Star Ferry & Highview — Shanghai, China

IMAGE FORUM Festival  (East Asian Competition) :: Highview — Tokyo - Kyoto - Nagoya - Yokohama,  Japan

Edinburgh International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Edinburgh, Scotland

LIGHT INDUSTRY - Other Tongue : An Evening with NANG :: Highview — Brooklyn, USA

CROSSROADS w/ SF Cinematheque @ SF MoMA :: Highview — San Francisco, USA

Beijing International Short Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Beijing, China

Chicago Underground Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Chicago, USA

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival :: Harbour City — Winnipeg, Canada

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — Milwaukee, USA

European Media Art Festival :: Star Ferry — Osnabrück, Germany

UNDERDOX filmfestival :: Star Ferry — Munich, Germany

Athens International Film & Video Festival :: Highview — Athens, USA

Moscow International Experimental Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Moscow, Russia

Syros International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Syros, Greece

FRACTO : Experimental Film Encounter :: Sneyd Green — Berlin, Germany

FilMadrid :: Star Ferry — Madrid, Spain

Kyiv International Short Film Festival :: Highview — Kiev, Ukraine

Hong Kong International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Filmmakers Co-Op NY: New Year New Works :: Highview — New York, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future Shorts) :: Star Ferry — Rotterdam, Netherlands


BFI - London Film Festival - EXPERIMENTA Program :: Highview — London, United Kingdom

Festival du Nouvéau Cinéma - New Alchemists Program :: Highview — Montréal, Canada

Back to the Future: PROJECT! :: Cluster Click City Sundays — Rotterdam, Netherlands

TO BE ALIVE! - An Expanded Cinema Event w/ Art Cinema OFFoff & Film Fest Gent :: Highview & Cluster Click City Sundays — Ghent, Belgium

Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival :: Highview — Lausanne, Switzerland

Antimatter [media art] :: Highview & Sneyd Green — Victoria, Canada

New Orleans Film Festival - Projection-Mapping Installation w/ Cinema Reset :: Highview — New Orleans, USA

Close Up Film Centre ::  I Decided to Turn Left (solo program) — London, United Kingdom

The Parrish Museum :: The Owl Flies at Twilight - Group performance with Optipus — Water Mill, USA

Split Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — Split, Croatia

San Diego Underground Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — San Diego, USA

EXiS - Experimental Film & Video in Seoul  :: Highview — Seoul, Korea

FilMadrid :: Highview — Madrid, Spain

Moviate Underground Film Festival :: Harbour City — Harrisburg, USA

Hamburg International Short Film Festival (DeFramed Competition) :: Sneyd Green — Hamburg, Germany

Maryland Film Festival (Diverging Forms Program) :: Sneyd Green — Baltimore, USA

Hong Kong International Film Festival (Poetry In Motion Shorts) :: Highview— Hong Kong S.A.R

Untitled Art Fair with San Francisco Cinematheque :: Harbour City — San Francisco, USA

RE-VOIR (The Film Gallery) :: I Decided to Turn Left (solo program) — Paris, France 

Diffraktions #7 with LaborBerlin :: Highview & Cluster Click City Sundays — Berlin, Germany

DREAMLANDS: EXPANDED - Whitney Museum / Microscope Gallery :: The Owl Flies at Twilight - Group performance with Optipus — Brooklyn, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future Shorts) :: Highview — Rotterdam, Netherlands


DREAMLANDS: EXPANDED with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery :: Cluster Click City Sundays - Brooklyn, USA

Mono No Aware X - Annual Festival of Expanded Cinema :: Highview — Brooklyn, USA

China Independent Film Festival :: Harbour City — Beijing, China

l'Alternativa - 23nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival :: Donkey Riding — Barcelona, Spain

Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival :: Sneyd Green — Kassel, Germany

Paris Different & Experimental Film Festival :: Harbour City — Paris, France

The Nightingale :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Chicago, USA

Floating Projects Collective :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Fruity Space :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis)  — Beijing, China

SIGHT UNSEEN :: A Door Will Open & You Will Walk Through It (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Baltimore, USA

Moscow International Experimental Film Festival :: Harbour City — Moscow, Russia

EXiS - Experimental Film & Video In Seoul :: Harbour City — Seoul, Korea

Bains Argentiques - International Meeting of Artist-Run Film Labs :: Harbour City & Shuffle Cove — Nantes, France

TRANS-PECOS :: Sound / Film Collaboration with Warren Ng — Brooklyn, USA

Kilroy Metal Ceiling (HANDMADE MOVIES) :: Harbour City — Brooklyn, USA

FilMadrid :: Harbour City — Madrid, Spain

CROSSROADS w/ SF Cinematheque :: Harbour City — San Francisco, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Deep Focus Shorts) :: Harbour City — Rotterdam, Netherlands


Mono No Aware IX - Annual Festival of Expanded Cinema :: Harbour City — Brooklyn, USA

Microscope Gallery :: Process As Image (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Brooklyn, USA

Songs For Presidents Gallery :: Silent Films For One or Two Projectors (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Brooklyn, USA

Asian American International Film Festival - The Art of Cinema Program :: Donkey Riding — New York, USA

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival :: Afternoon In — Winnipeg, Canada


100 FOOT FILM FILMS : COLLABORATIONS (Traveling Film Program) :: Afternoon In — Various Venues, United Kingdom

Gstaad Film Festival :: Afternoon In — Gstaad, Switzerland


Marfa Film Festival :: Ditchwork — Marfa, USA

Northside Film Festival :: Flyer Boy — Brooklyn, USA


Curta Cinema - Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival :: Flyer Boy — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of the Moving Image :: Ditchwork — Winnipeg, Canada

LoWave Human Frames Project (DVD Anthology Release) :: Flyer Boy — Paris, France


Lectures and Visiting Artist Appearances

Floating Projects Collective (Lecture & Workshop) — Hong Kong S.A.R : 2017

The New School (Screening & Class Lecture) — New York, USA : 2016

Central Academy of Fine Arts (Screening & Workshop) — Beijing, China : 2016

Beijing Film Academy (Screening & Class Lecture) — Beijing, China : 2016

University Illinois Chicago (Screening, Workshop & Class Lecture) — Chicago, USA : 2016

United World College (Screening & Class Lecture) — Hong Kong S.A.R : 2016

The New School (Screening & Class Lecture) — New York, USA : 2015

Negativland Motion Picture Lab (Artist In Residence & Workshop Instructor) Brooklyn, USA : 2014 - Present


Selected Bibliography

South China Morning Post : Hong Kong filmmaker’s Toronto film festival showing reflects city’s international legacy — Sept. 13th 2018

NANG Magazine : I Decided to Turn Left - Excerpts & Annotations from a Conversation with Julian Ross (a visual essay by Liu) —  Issue 4 : IN & OUT

Millenium Film Journal : Interview with Richard Tuohy about Simon Liu’s Highview — Fall 2017 Issue

Film Is… by Artists Film Workshop : Interview with Richard Tuohy about Simon Liu’s Highview — Spring 2017 Issue

South China Morning Post : Hong Kong-based director’s road movie premieres at Rotterdam festival — Feb. 4th 2016


Selected Collaborations

Riverrun / Bittersweet / WU —  Directed various music videos since 2015 in collaboration with Chinese musician Leah Dou

Through A Lens Darkly (Dir. Thomas Allen Harris, 92 Minutes, 2014 — Assistant Editor)

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (Dir. David L. Lewis, 87 Minutes, 2014 — Assistant Editor)

Annunciation (Dir. Ben Hozie, 88 Minutes, 2014 — Cinematographer & Editor)

Free To Rock (Dir. Jim Brown, 60 Minutes, 2014 — Assistant Editor & Motion Graphics Designer)

Slavery By Another Name (Dir. Samuel D. Pollard, 90 Minutes, 2012 — Associate Editor)

LEGS MEDIA (2011 - 2016) :: directed, shot & edited dozens of creative short form videos through this award winning production company.

Worked in collaboration with fashion brands such as Bottega Veneta, Teen Vogue, John Frieda, The Row, Marina Rinaldi, Cosmopolitan, Kookai & SUNO NY.)


Films & Videos


E-Ticket (13 Minutes, DCP)

I Was Born In United Christian Hospital (14 Minutes, 16mm)


Star Ferry (8 Minutes, 35mm)

Fallen Arches (10 Minutes, 35mm)


Highview (20 Minutes, Quadruple 16mm Projection)

Cluster Click City Sundays (18 Minutes, Triple 16mm Projection)


Sneyd Green (11 Minutes, 16mm)

Harbour City (14 Minutes, Dual 16mm Projection)


Shuffle Cove (9 Minutes, 16mm)

Donkey Riding (7 Minutes, 16mm)


Afternoon In (3 Minutes, 16mm)


Ditchwork (24 Minutes, HD/16mm/Super8)


Flyer Boy (11 Minutes, 16mm)