Renée Mao

Renée is an Australian director based in NYC whose work is rooted in powerful, narrative-driven visual storytelling. Before moving to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts she spent several years living in Beijing, China; a background that has strongly shaped her distinctive perspective and creative style. Renée’s short form works have…

Renée is an Australian director based in NYC whose work is rooted in powerful, narrative-driven visual storytelling. Before moving to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts she spent several years living in Beijing, China; a background that has strongly shaped her distinctive perspective and creative style.

Renée’s short form works have been featured by numerous publications including Huffington Post, Dazed magazine, The Hammer Museum, Booooooom TV, Director’s Notes and Vimeo Staff Picks. Her short film, The Last Line, premiered at the 2018 Austin Film Festival and played in festivals such as the Oxford Film Festival, Manchester Film Festival and the Miami Short Film Festival. Her other recent short film The Making of Panthera received the audience award at the 2019 Nitehawk Film Festival and a Vimeo Staff Pick, played at NewFest and Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival and was a Webby Award Honoree.

Renée is proud to have been involved in films that promote important positive messaging, including fierce and emotional anthem spots for The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and March of Dimes, as well as collaborations with non-profit organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels, Educated Little Monsters and Brave. Whether working with real people or actors, Renée’s work achieves authenticity combined with rich, beautiful cinematography and impeccable attention to detail.

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