Director: Nahyeon Lee (HIT)

Director Biography – Nahyeon Lee

Nahyeon headshot

Nahyeon Lee is filmmaker based in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she is completing postgraduate study in Screen Production at the University of Auckland. Born to Korean parents who immigrated to New Zealand, she is interested in voicing female and minority stories through films. With a Major in Media, Film and Television behind her, she intends to further use film to explore and subvert generic and gender norms typical in conventional cinema. She has worked on a variety of video projects for local businesses, including for art exhibitions for Olly and short videos for What’s Good Blog. This short film will mark her directorial debut.


Director Statement


Hit is an exploration of confronting your demons and re-claiming autonomy over your body. It is a short film that blends time and space attempt to re-create the sensory experience of the two parallel moments. It will attempt to encourage discourse surrounding our current culture, gender and sexual autonomy.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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