Lydia Rui is an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award nominated and Flickerfest Emerging Female Filmmaker Award winning Chinese Australian filmmaker and photographer. She grew up between mainland China, Hong Kong, and Australia, and Singapore. She graduated with a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, then travelled through North America and Europe as videographer for Beyoncé Knowles’ Mrs. Carter World Tour ’13-‘14. Upon returning to Melbourne, she was a Director's Assistant for award-winning production company Exit Films. Her short documentary, ‘This is Yarra’ (2018), premiered at Academy® qualifying festivals DOC NYC 2018 and the 28th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. It's currently available on streaming platform TOPIC.

‘This Perfect Day’ (2018), Lydia’s narrative short, had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 — one of 63 short films selected from a record 5131 submissions. After a successful festival run, it is now available as a Vimeo Staff Pick here.


Her transnational background allows her to bring a nuanced, empathic eye to every subject. Lydia seeks to empower, enrich, and enliven through cinematic storytelling.

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Photo by Liza Mandelup