William Duan is a filmmaker & producer
William Duan (he/they) is an emerging independent filmmaker and producer based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia.  As a queer Chinese-Australian, they are inspired by stories heralding from other queer and cultural diasporas - particularly those from Asian voices.

Their first art film, Pensato Panoply, found some small success having premiered at the Centre Pompidou in Paris before a panel made up of the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dries Van Noten & Diane Pernet.

They are most known for their work as a producer specialising in narrative film & arts films.  Some notable works include Mestiza (dir. Ranima Montes) which premiered at the 67th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2018), as well as for their web-series, Calendar Girls.  In 2017, William produced their first micro-budget feature film Daydreams (dir. Jim Muntisov).  They have also worked for brands like Campari, Melbourne International Film Festival, Multicultural Museums Victoria & RISING Arts Festival. 

Most recently, they have embarked on writing-directing their first narrative short film,《推拿》Tuī Ná, which recently had its world premiere at the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2022) as a part of the prestigious Accelerator Lab program.

They currently have a number of projects coming soon, most notably Yaz Queens (dir. Lara Köse), commissioned by ABC TV with support from Screen Australia.


I live and work on the stolen country of the Wurundjeri & Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.  I acknowledge and am in awe of the vast history of storytelling that came before me, and pay my respects to Elders past, present & emerging.

Sovereignty was never ceded.
Based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia