About me

Life is a journey, exploring oneself and the world. 

ZhiMin Hu is a Canadian independent filmmaker, an immigrant from China, and a Mel Hoppenheim and WIDC alumna. Thanks to her immigrant’s life experience, she speaks four languages: English, French, Cantonese, and Mandarin. The mixture of these four cultures gives her an unique vision and style.

She is fascinated by stories that explore human nature and psychology, promote humanity and enlightenment, and provoke reflection on social aspects. She has demonstrated great success in working with non-actors and children. With her experience in multi-genre filmmaking, she has grown into a Magic Realism drama storyteller.

After graduated from Film Production at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University), she had written, produced, directed and edited one feature documentary and seven shorts, including fiction, documentary, and experimental film.  Her works have been presented in many international and local film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Fantasia Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and the CBC FaceOff Short Film Competition, amongst others. One of her films, I’m Waiting for Mama, won the Best Canadian Short Film Award at RIFFA 2018, Sophie’s Letter won a Special Mention Award at TopShorts Film Festival, and A Cold Summer Night was selected by BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) for circulation as part of their film collection. Her 6-episode TV documentary series, Love is Color Blind, was broadcast on Bell Fibe. In 2019, her feature documentary, Ketchup & Soya Sauce, was broadcasted on CBC, it’s now available on CBC GEM.

In addition to her directing skills, ZhiMin also exhibits great passion and expertise as an editor and is known for her attention to detail and an ability to shine the essence of the story. Her abundant editing experience not only include fiction and documentary, but also television commercials, reality TV, comedy productions and television documentaries. All this experience contributes to form her “outside of box” vision.

Besides directing and editing, ZhiMin is quite active in other fields. She was a film critic for a Chinese weekly newspaper, a TV host and researcher for the TV show Sino-Montreal on CJNT, and a jury member for the 2012 Amérasia Film Festival.