QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. His short film A Gentle Night was awarded the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 70th Festival de Cannes. He became the first ever Chinese director to receive this award. It then went to win the Honourable Mention at Toronto IFF, Silver Hugo at Chicago IFF and was selected for Telluride FF, New York FF, Busan IFF and Clermont Ferrand IFF. In 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Competition and 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award. He is currently developing his first feature project Under the Sun (same title as the short), which was selected for the CineMart 2016 and Cinéfondation Residence 2017 and was awarded the CNC screenwriting grant during the 70th Festival de Cannes.