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Elizabeth Lo

Elizabeth Lo

Documentary Film and Video
B.F.A., Literature and Film Production, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
M.F.A., Documentary Film, Stanford University


Elizabeth Lo is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker who seeks to find new, aesthetic ways of exploring the boundaries between species, class, and states of personhood. Her short films have been showcased at festivals across North America and Europe, including​ ​Sundance, True/False, SFIFF, Hot Docs, and DOK Leipzig. 
Her short, Hotel 22, was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award, and was featured on New York Times Op-Docs. Elizabeth is the recipient of the Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, the UFVA Carol Fielding Grant, the Enerson Foundation Breitrose Award, and the Stanford University Spice Award. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in the Stanford University documentary film program. Prior to graduate school, Elizabeth wrote and co-produced for the award-winning documentary series, Our America with Lisa Ling (now on CNN). She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and received her B.F.A. in Film and Literature from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.​



UFVA Carol Fielding Grant, 2015 
The Breitrose Awards by The Enersen Foundation, 2015
Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, 2015
Stanford University Spice! Award, 2014


HD Video
JUNE, 2015
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Bisonhead chronicles a Native American family's controversial journey to Yellowstone National Park to exercise their right to hunt wild bison.  

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

SF DocFest, 2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016

Hotel 22 

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JUNE, 2014
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Each night in Silicon Valley, worlds collide on a public bus that transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cinema Eye Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Short, 2016
David L. Wolper Award Nominee, IDA Documentary Awards, 2014
APCA Student Film Award, CAAMFest, 2015
Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary
, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco Film Society Online Showcase, 2015 
Sundance Film Festival, 2015
True/False Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), 2015
DOK Leipzig, 2014
Rooftop Films Summer Series, 2015 
Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), 2015
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2015
Seattle International Film Festival, 2015
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
Cinequest Film Festival, 2015
Florida Film Festival, 2015
Nashville Film Festival, 2015
Sarasota Film Festival, 2015
Milan International Film Festival Awards, Milan 2015
Sydney Film Festival, Sydney 2015 
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, 2014
Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2015
Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Kyiv, 2015
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Sydney, 2015
Documentamadrid, Madrid, 2015
Ethnografilm, Paris, 2015
Leiden International Short Film Experience, Netherlands, 2015
"Drawn Together: A Selection of Recent Documentaries by Stanford Students", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015


Treasure Island 

image from the film Treasure Island by Melissa Langer and Elizabeth Lo

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Co-directed by Melissa Langer
MARCH, 2014
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Children living on a former naval base contemplate the radiation buried around their homes.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
Brooklyn Film Festival, 2015
SFDocfest, 2015
CAAMFest, 2015
Hot Docs, 2015

Last Stop in Santa Rosa 

image of a dog from the film Last Stop in Santa Rosa by Elizabeth Lo

16mm black and white film
KQED Film School Shorts interview
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An animal hospice called Bright Haven opens its doors to elderly and disabled pets that would have otherwise been euthanized.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director's Choice Award, 3rd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2014
Special Jury Mention, San Francisco Film Society Beyond Film School Showcase, 2014
Independent Vision Award Nominee for Social Consciousness, Visionfest, 2014
KQEDTrulyCA, 2015
DOC NYC, 2014
Cinequest Film Festival, 2015
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2014
Ivy Film Festival, 2014
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, 2014
deadCenter Film Festival, 2014
Los Angeles International Student Film Festival, 2014
San Francisco DocFest, 2014
Red Rock Film Festival, 2014
Stanford University Exhibit - Animals in the Moving Image: A Documentary Film Series, 2014
Anthology Film Archives, 2015 Winter Series



June 13, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 12, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
March 18, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
December 10, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building