Jiayan "Jenny" Shi is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and video journalist who is passionate about stories that find shared humanity and compassion. Her debut documentary "Finding Yingying" (MTV Documentary Films) has won numerous awards including the Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and a China Academy Award of Documentary Films, and was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy award. Jenny's work has appeared on Paramount +, MTV, BBC News, PBS NewsHour, Insider, and Bilibili. She has also contributed to work on Netflix, Discovery Channel, Tencent, and Google, among others. Jenny is a graduate of Kartemquin's Diverse Voices In Docs program, a TFI Network alum, a Women at Sundance Adobe fellow, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and a DOC NYC "40 Under 40" filmmaker. She was named as one of the “20 Rising Women Directors You Need to Know in 2020” by IndieWire. Jenny is the co-founder and programming director of the Chicago chapter of the Video Consortium where she curates films and organizes community events for non-fiction storytellers.
Selected AFFILIATIONS 
News & Documentary Emmy Awards judge, IDA Documentary Awards judge

Fellowships + Recognitions
2022 Logan Nonfiction Program
2020-2021 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship
2021 Rising Stars Award, SupChina
2020 DOC NYC “40 Under 40” Filmmakers
#6  of Chicago Film’s 50 Screen Gems of 2020 by Newcity Magazine
“20 Rising Women Directors You Need to Know in 2020” by IndieWire
2020 Sundance Institue Talent Forum
2019 Tribeca Film Institute TFI Network
2018 Double Exposure Film Festival DX fellow
2018 Diverse Voices In Docs Fellowship at Kartemquin Films

Film awards
Finding Yingying
Nominee, Outstanding Investigative Documentary, 42nd News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Winner, Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice, SXSW 2020
Winner, Best Foreign Language Documentary, China Academy Awards of Documentary Film 2020
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, Global Impact Award, China Academy Awards of Documentary Film 2020
Winner, Emerging Filmmaker Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival 2020
Winner, Special Jury Award For Documentary Debut, BendFilm Festival 2020
Winner, Special Jury Mention, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2020
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, DC Chinese Film Festival 2020
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Loudon Arts Film Festival 2020
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Centre Film Festival 2020
Winner, Best Feature, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival 2021​​​​​​​