Vivian Ip is a Singaporean-Chinese filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Since leaving her career as a corporate lawyer behind, she received her M.F.A. at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts on an Entertainment Partners Producing Scholarship and became a member of the BAFTA Newcomers Program. Her short film An Island Drifts
was the inaugural grant recipient of the ARRI Support and Education (ARRIse) Program in Asia and participated in the Short Film Clinic by the Singapore Film Commission. It premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival and is in the midst of its festival run. Vivian also produced Headlock
, a Student Academy Awards–Oscars®
finalist which screened at Dances with Films, Outfest Los Angeles, and won Best Film (Social Change) at the USC First Look Awards, whereupon she received the Outstanding Producing Award. Vivian’s filmmaking practice is centered on exploring the human condition, by capturing intimate moments and universal truths with a cinematic edge.
Ashes of the Summer Heat | 归栖 — A jaded young man briefly abandons his city life in Hong Kong to return to the small fishing village he grew up in to care for his ailing father, in the midst of deteriorated relationships with people of his past, and grapples with the dissonance between the two worlds.