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).

Ian Zhou-Director of New Filmmaker Initiative

Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University. Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at Beijing Film Academy. International coordinator of “Forward Future” Section in Beijing International Film Festival 2015-17

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.



Calvin Chen – Director of Public Relations

Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at New York University. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Producing and Management at Beijing Film Academy.Interned/Volunteered at Paramount Pictures, BBDO Worldwide, The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, The 2018 International Emmy Awards, and etc.

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.