DOCS BY THE SEA. LAB: JULY 11–21, FORUM: AUGUST 18–26
Kayla Tong

Kayla TongUS, Hong Kong

Kayla Tong is a director/cinematographer, and a Hong Kong native who is based also in Los Angeles and London. A cinematography alum of Asian Film Academy and a directing alum of Armed with a Camera Fellowship, the fiction and documentary work she lensed have shown in The New Yorker Documentary Series, Busan International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and LA Shorts Fest. Kayla’s rootless upbringing and encounters with people from around the world inform the themes of much of her work, often about stories of diaspora and displacement. She was awarded Best Director at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival for Home is Where the Sunsets, an autobiographical film she also wrote and shot. Kayla is recipient of European Union’s Erasmus Mundas Scholarship and holds a B.A. from USC School of Cinematic Arts.