Natalie Murao is a yonsei (fourth generation Japanese Canadian) filmmaker and educator from “Vancouver”*. Her work explores themes of generational disconnect, personal memory, and communication. She aims to expand the notion of Asian diasporic cinema by creating an “in-betweenness” of styles that embody the diaspora itself.

She received a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University. Her graduating film, Floating Light (2017), went on to play at festivals such as the Asian American International Film Festival, Center for Asian American Media Festival, and Whistler Film Festival - where it won the ShortWork Student Award. Her most recent film, No More Parties (2020), was made with the help of the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker Assistance Program and was selected for Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent program at Clermont-Ferrand. It is now available to watch on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of their Short Films, Big Ideas: Community Impact shelf.

Natalie currently works as a Learning and Outreach Coordinator at The Cinematheque and volunteers as a Features Programmer for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. She is also a 2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow.

*unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories


Filmography (Producer, Director, Writer)
No More Parties (2020, 15:10)
Sprout (2019, 1:00)
Floating Light (2017, 11:58)
- student film
Like the Flow of a River (2016, 6:24) 
- student film

Education

2017
BFA Film Major, Simon Fraser University

Grants & Awards
2021
Artist Grant, Sundance Ignite x Adobe 


2020
Early Career Development Grant, BC Arts Council

2018
Filmmaker Assistance Program Grant, National Film Board of Canada

2017
ShortWork Student Award, Whistler Film Festival

2016
Tealeaves Screenwriting Award, Simon Fraser University
Best Canadian Cinema Now, Toronto Film Week

Screenings
Ongoing
Short Films, Big Ideas: Community Impact shelf on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox

2021
Palm Springs International ShortFest
→ Nominated for Young Cineastes Award
Festival Filministes
TIFF Next Wave Film Festival
Telefilm Canada's Not Short On Talent at Clermont-Ferrand
Vancouver Short Film Festival

2020
Sunday Shorts Film Festival
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival

2019
Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon presented by Vancouver Asian Film Festival

2018
Powell Street Festival
Asian American International Film Festival
Center for Asian American Media Festival
East Van Showcase
Reel 2 Real Film Festival

2017
Whistler Film Festival
 Recipient of ShortWork Student Award
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
→ Nominated for Best Canadian Short Award
Portland Film Festival
Asian Heritage Month presented by Reelworld

2016
Toronto Film Week
→ Recipient of Best Canadian Cinema Now Award

Selected Credits
2021
Features Programmer, Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Fellow, Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship

2020
Mentee, Writing is Re-Writing Workshop (Experimental Forest Films)

2018
Artistic Committee, Festival of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M)
Assistant Editor, In Chinatown (Dir. Stephanie Chong)

2015
Collaborative Artist, Re-Visions (Telus, Contemporary Art Gallery, Cineworks)