Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Sen-I Yu is a New York based filmmaker. She has directed a wide-range of productions, including narrative films, documentaries and commercials. She has written and directed six short films, penned four feature screenplays and edited numerous feature films and documentaries. She’s currently in pre-production for her feature film MY HEAVENLY CITY, a project which explores the theme of blending into America. She’s the winner of 2020 Taiwan’s National Feature Film Grant and Taipei Film Commission’s International Co-Production Fund. Her short film of the same title MY HEAVENLY CITY, won the 2020 NYC Women’s Fund by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Foundation for the Arts.
Another feature project, MY BEAUTY QUEEN MOM, won the 2015 HAF/Fox Film Development Award, a Screenplay Development Grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and a Bronze Award at the “Film Taipei” screenplay competition. Her screenplay CALIFORNIA MOMMY was a 2018 SFFILM Rainin Grant Finalist.
Sen-I’s earlier short film ACUPUNCTURE GIRL was a Student Academy Award Regional Finalist and a Wasserman Award Semi-finalist for Best Direction. Film festivals include the Asian American International Film Festival, Busan Asian Short Film Festival in Korea, Taipei Women Makes Waves Film Festival.
As an editor, Sen-I co-edited the 2017 NAACP Award nominee THROUGH THE FIRE: THE LEGACY OF BARACK OBAMA, a TV documentary for BET. She also co-edited the feature film, SEQUESTRADA (2019), an environmental-themed thriller, which was distributed in theater and on Amazon, and LYLE (2014,) an award-winning indie horror, starring Gaby Hoffmann.
Sen-I has directed PSAs for Bristol Myers Squibb and produced branded content for cosmetic makers L’O’real and Maybelline.
She is an alumna of NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program, with an MFA degree.