Leste Chen (陳正道) is a Taiwanese film director.
Born March 3, 1981, Leste CHEN is one of the fastest-emerging young directors in Taiwan. Despite his tender age and student status, he has already had extensive directing experience both on film and video. He has directed 7 music videos for artists including Taiwan’s most popular rock band Mayday, Hong Kong songstress Joey Yung and Hong Kong actor/singer Eason Chan. His short films have been nominated for two consecutive years at the Taipei Film Festival Taipei Film Awards.
Leste Chen’s works are characterized by mood, fluid camera movement, stylized production design, compelling use of music, nuanced performances from young actors, and themes of young love exposed against cruel circumstances. He is an avid film buff, and enjoys watching films on the big screen at least once a week. His cinematic influences include Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Amenabar, Alfonso Cuaron, Iwai Shunji, and Kim Ji-Woon.
“Distance” (2002, DV, 20 minutes)
Nominated in Golden Horse Digital Shorts Program 2002
Nominated for Taipei Film Festival Taipei Film Awards 2003
Official Selection- Purely 16 Film Festival 2003
Official Selection- Hong Kong Chinese Independent Film and Video Showcase 2003
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2005
“Fade Away” (2003, 16mm, 55 minutes)
Financed by EMG (Emperor Multimedia Group) in Hong Kong.
Nominated for Taipei Film Festival Taipei Film Awards 2004
“Uninhibited” (2003, in post-production, 16mm, 70 minutes)
Recipient of Taiwan GIO short film subsidy (1 million NT)
Official Selection- Purely 16 Film Festival 2004
Official Invitation- International Week of Film Critics, Venice Film Festival 2004
Official Invitation- Tokyo International Film Festival 2004 Winds of Asia