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Elizabeth Ai

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Elizabeth Ai is a Chinese-Vietnamese-American filmmaker[1]. She is a recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award for producing brand work for National Geographic channels. [2] She is known for producing Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (2008) [3], A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem (2019) [4], and Saigon Electric [5] (2011). Ai is currently directing and producing her feature film, New Wave, tentatively premiering in 2024. [6]


Ai started her career as a writer and producer. She created content on ESPN and National Geographic.

In 2008, she worked on Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe as a producer.[7]

During her tenure at Vice Media, she created the original pilot for Bong Appétit (2014), which was selected as a series on Viceland.[8]

Later, Ai worked on the film A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem in 2019. This film was viewed on Public Broadcasting Service as a national viewing.[4]

Ai has received fellowships from Berlin Talent Campus[9], Center For Asian American Media [10], Film Independent[11], Sundance Institute [6], and Tribeca Institute. Her film projects are supported by California Humanities, Firelight Media [12], Cinereach, [13] Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation [14], and Independent Television Service. [15]


Year Title Director Writer Producer
2024 New Wave Yes Yes Yes
2019 A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem No Yes Yes
2011 Saigon Electric No No Yes
2008 Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe No No Yes

Short Form[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2023 Sloan Film Summit Yes No Yes
2013 Miracle Maker No No Yes
2014-2015 Chef's Night Out Yes No Yes
2014 Bong Appetit Yes Yes Yes
2014 Sex + Food Yes Yes Yes


In 2008, Ai was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival for the film Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe.[16]

In 2012, Ai won the Golden Kite Prize, Silver Award for Saigon Electric.[17]

In 2012, Ai won an Emmy Award in News & Docs, Promotional Announcement.[18]

In 2013, Ai received the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for Yellow Face.[19]

In 2014, Ai was nominated for an Emmy Award in News & Docs, Promotional Announcement.

In 2015, Ai was nominated for an Emmy Award in News & Docs, Promotional Announcement.

In 2021, Ai won the Best Film Pitch Award at Center For Asian American Media’s Ready, Set, Pitch![20]

In 2022, Ai was honored with an award as a Sundance Institute and Adobe Fellow.[21]


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  2. "CBS Nominated for 44 News & Documentary Emmy Awards".
  3. Anderson, John (June 28, 2008). "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe".
  5. "New Wave: A Conversation with Filmmaker Elizabeth Ai On Her Documentary". August 18, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Coming Soon: 6 Upcoming Projects Proving that "Vietnamese American New Wave" Is What's Up Next -". February 22, 2023.
  7. " Dirty Hands : David Choe, Harry Kim, Harry Kim, Harry Kim, Elizabeth Ai: Prime Video".
  8. "DocuClub LA: NEW WAVE". International Documentary Association.
  9. "Berlinale Talents - Elizabeth Ai | Berlinale Talents".
  10. "How the CAAM Fellowship Changed Three Emerging Filmmakers in 2021". December 20, 2021.
  11. "New Wave".
  12. "Elizabeth Ai | Filmmakers | Firelight Media".
  13. "New Wave". Cinereach.
  14. "Ford Foundation invests over $4M to support social justice documentary film projects in 2022". Ford Foundation.
  16. "Pacific Arts Movement | Festival Awards".
  17. "USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts Events".
  18. "Nat Geo Explorer Campaign Wins Emmy Award". Tumblr.
  19. "Award Winners". Visual Communications.
  20. "How Elizabeth Ai Tells Stories That Turn Underdogs Into Heroes". December 8, 2021.
  21. "Sundance Institute Announces 2022 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellows".

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