Our Team

Vina Sun – Founder and Director

Vina Sun is the founder and director of the inaugural CineCina Film Festival. As  an aspiring film curator, she devotes her passion to quality stories with strong investment in gender equality. She graduated from Film and Media Studies at Columbia University. aiming to combine her knowledge of film theory and history with filmmaking and producing practices. Also among her interests is virtual reality and its potentials in transforming conventional storytelling mode into more relatable spectatorial experiences.

Sonia Brand-Fisher – Co-Director

Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University. Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Film and Media Studies at Smith College. Research/Editorial Assistant, Event Coordinator, and Teaching Assistant at Columbia University (2 years); Program Director at The Massachusetts Center of Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (4 years); Director of Five College Student Film and Video Festival at Smith College (1 year).

Raining Chen – Director of Marketing

Majoring Media, Culture and Communication and minoring in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology: Joint Stern-Steinhardt-Tisch Minor and History at NYU. Event coordinator of Student Council in NYU London, Co-founder of Hwhumans; Interned/Volunteered at Sundance Film Festival, New York Fashion Week,  Alibaba Group, Xinhua News Agency and etc.

Kally Zhao – Director of Business Development

Majoring Media, Culture and Communication and minoring in East Asian Study and Producing at NYU. Co-Founder & Director of FilMarathon; President at NYU Chinese Student & Scholar Association; Associate Producer at Man of La Mancha 2019 NY mandarin production.

Alice Ai- Director of Operation

Master of Arts in Communication, Rutgers University. Cineaste, years of experiences at student film crews. Contributed to several Wechat film subscription accounts.

Frank Yan Co-Director of Programing

Master of Arts in Cinema Studies at New York University. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at University of California Los Angeles. Co-founder of Soundtrack Magazine.

WuMengyu – Director of Visual Art

Mengyu is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has been working actively with fashion magazines including GQ Elle Grazia. His clients also include Tiffany, Lancôme, Cartier, Chanel. Mengyu’s graphic designs go from book covers to posters, such as the book cover of Beasts of No Nation and the poster of Lou Ye’s retrospective at CineCina Film Festival. He also created 86358 Short Film Week’s main poster for Jia Zhang Ke Art Center.

Jorge Porta Mirave – Director of Project Horizon

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with minors in Film Studies, Digital Media Production, and Finance from Manhattanville College. Interned in multiple NYC-based companies in business development positions. Recipient of Manhattanville’s William K. Everson Prize for Writing on Film in 2019. Discussion leader and organizing committee member at Manhattanville’s International Film Festival in 2017 & 2018. 

Yixian – Director of Public Relations

Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication at New York University. Interned in New York-based advertising agencies. PR practitioner, years of experiences in marketing and public relations.