Alexandra Hsu is a Chinese American director/producer from Orange County, CA. Her short films have focused on giving voice to untold stories, harnessing the voices of Asian and Asian American girls and women, and women in general, often in intergenerational contexts. Her mission is tell stories that stimulate conversation and help build bridges across cultures. On her productions, she fosters and creates an environment that is thoughtful and safe, allowing all artists to thrive and create.

Alexandra co-wrote, directed, and produced Sophie in Hong Kong, which screened at over fifteen film festivals around the world including Austin Film Festival & Foyle Film Festival. Alexandra’s 1960s period film Our Way Home premiered in 2018 at Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts. Most recently, Rencontres Paysannes-Farmers Dating premiered at BendFilm and Foyle. She is starting her festival run on her NYU thesis film starring Emmy-nominated actor Michelle Ang. Alexandra was a resident in the SFFILM FilmHouse Residency (2019-2020), where they supported her feature film, Queens, which was also a Finalist for the SFFILM Fall 2019 Westridge Grant. NBC News highlighted Alexandra as the Kearny Street Workshop Featured Artist in Film at the 20th APAture Arts Festival.

In 2021, Alexandra was chosen to direct the short film Unread for the inaugural CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge. In the last five years, Alexandra has been chosen to be a mentee of the Women in Film Mentoring Program as a director, for the Asia Society Asian Women Empowered Program, Unlock Her Potential, and is now a Creator in the Gold House Futures Network. As a writer, she was selected for KSWs Interdisciplinary Writers Lab and Cine Qua Non Lab (CQNL) Storylines Lab. At CQNL, she furthered the development of her feature about her great-grandmother Zhang Youyi, currently titled The Poets Wife.

Alexandra received her MFA from NYU Tisch School and BA from Scripps College, double majoring in Media Studies and Asian Studies. In college, she focused on documentaries, where she developed her passion for telling stories truthfully and authentically.

Alexandra is also a member of China Institute Next Gen x Serica (CINGS) – “a community of young leaders who will be the future changemakers in the U.S.-China relationship to influence society through education, programs, and strategic philanthropy.”

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Creator/Filmmaker – Gold House Futures Network
Mentee – Unlock Her Potential 2022
Mentee – Asia Society Asian Women Empowered 2022
Selected Writer/Director – Becoming Zhang Youyi/The Poet’s Wife – Cine Qua Non Lab Storylines Lab 2021
Director Team Member – CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge 2020
Selected Writer – Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Lab 2020
Director – Narrative – Queens –  SFFILM FilmHouse Residency 2019-2020
Featured Artist in Film – Kearny Street Workshop APAture 2019
Finalist – Writer/Director/Producer — SFFILM Westridge Grant Fall 2019
Spring Directing Mentee — Women in Film Mentoring Program 2019
Finalist – Paramount Television – Viacom ViewFinder
Participant – Directing Actors Lab – Alliance of Women Directors
Selected/Featured Director/Content Creator — Get it Girl! 2018
D&AD Next Director Award Shortlist 2016 Winner of Best Director and Best Cinematography Awards –
Next Generation of Filmmakers Festival 2016