Huang Hsin-Yao went to Tainan National University of the Arts for his MA in Documentaries. THE GREAT BUDDHA is his first narrative feature film. As a documentary filmmaker, he is known for the satirical tone used to portray the dream and the disappointment of youth and the humorous narrative that enhances the preposterous situations one often faces in life.
Bluffing (2005) won Best Documentary at the Golden Harvest Awards.
His visual poem, Nimbus, shot by himself, won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Taiwan International Documentary Biennale, Best Cinematography at the Golden Harvest Awards and several other international film awards.
In 2010, Taivalu bagged the Grand Prize and Best Documentary at the Taipei Film Awards. The Great Buddha is HUANG Hsin-Yao’s first narrative short film, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2015 Golden Horse Awards.
In 2015, he made Cloud Nation, the first Taiwanese documentary that has no narrative, no dialogue, no narration, no music and no protagonist. The 57-minute documentary consists of only 55 shots, depicting the moods of an island with pure image.