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Lei Lei

LEI Lei (1985, China) graduated from Tsinghua University in 2009 with a master’s degree in Animation. Since then, he has worked as an independent filmmaker and experimental animation artist. His animated short This Is Love (2010) was awarded Best Narrative Short at Ottawa International Animation Festival. Since 2017, Lei has spent most of his time in Los Angeles, where he is a full-time faculty member at the department of Experimental Animation, CalArts. Break no.1 & Break no.2 (2024) is the third time he has been selected for IFFR.


(selection) Magic Cube and Ping-pong (2009, short), This Is Love (2010, short), Recycled (2013, short), Big Hands Oh Big Hands, Let It Be Bigger and Bigger (2013, short), Hand Colored No.2 (2015, short, co-dir), This Is Not a Time to Lie (2016, short), Books on Books (2016, short), Missing One Player (2016, short), Breathless Animals (2019), A Bright Summer Diary (2020, short), Ningdu (2021), That Day, on the River (2023, short doc), Break no1. & Break no.2. (2024, short)

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Lei Lei at IFFR

  • Break no.1 & Break no.2.

    A dreamy journey through a nostalgic collage contemplates the intangibility of images and memories.

    • Tiger Short Competition
  • A Bright Summer Diary

    An old family photograph triggers artist Lei Lei’s journey into the melancholy of memory and the muddled nature of nostalgia.

    • Ammodo Tiger Short Competition
  • Ningdu

    Lei’s beautifully crafted animated film is an ode to family, memory, and the reconstruction of family history in the History of China.

    • Tiger Competition