Yifei He is a Chinese born writer-director based in Beijing and New York, and a thesis student at NYU Tisch’s Grad Film program. Yifei has written and directed 4 short films to date. Her stories ranges from a coming-of-age moment of an suburb American boy, to a young Chinese girl discovering her hidden heritage. She is particularly interested in exploring racial identity, power dynamics, womanhood, coming-of-age, loss and death. Yifei strives to integrate her eastern aesthetics with western storytelling and shed light upon untold stories of marginalized people.
Her most recent short film, A Farewell, follows a Chinese teen who upon visiting her dead grandpa’s grave, discovers a secret that raises question to her identity, and links her to the suppressed underground world of islamic culture in modern China. She's faced with the choice of staying as the “normal girl” as she’s raised or start questioning and learning about her heritage. Set in Beijing, China, the film explores racial identity, loss and reconnection, the life of an outsider and the status of in-between. The film world premiered at Nashville Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and later screened at 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Yifei was selected by NYU as a 2017 W.T.C Scholarship recipient, as well as a recipient of Tisch School of the Arts scholarship.
何一非最新的短片电影《回声》讲述了回族少女丹妮回到久违的故乡，并意外发现了一个关于自己的身世的秘密，从而开始慢慢接触到隐藏在大都市背后的另一个世界，并随之开启了一段奇妙的探寻身份的旅程。而最终她需要在成为家人心中的“普通人”和寻找自己真正的身份认同中做出抉择。这部影片拍摄于北京，探讨了身份认同、失去与找回、文化壁垒以及“夹缝人”等问题。《回声》于2018年在Nashville Film Festival世界首映，之后在美国著名的Palm Springs International ShortFest放映。
何一非曾获得Tisch School of the Arts以及2017年的W.T.C的奖学金。