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

William’s work is known for subverting traditional tropes and championing diverse perspectives.  He feels a strong passion towards projects that support their community, whatever that may be; he believes that “diversity” is a fickle beast and should be addressed holistically and with authenticity.  Having come from a fashion & art film background, he has had the privilege of bringing a fresh perspective to the table with a very particular eye for detail.

His first short 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.  He is best known for his latest short film, Mestiza (dir. Ranima Montes), which recently had its world premiere at the 67th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2018), as well as for his web-series, Calendar Girls.  In 2017, William produced his first feature film Daydreams (dir. Jim Muntisov), which is currently in its last stages of post-production.

William graduated with First Class Honours in Fashion with a film major, from RMIT University in 2015; he is now back at RMIT teaching third year Bachelor of Fashion film students, a position he has held since 2016.

He currently has a number of projects in development, most notable of which is《推拿》Tui Na (written & directed by William Duan), a touching bildungsroman funded by Queer Screen & Mardis Gras Film Festival.


I live and work on the stolen country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

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