Chinese director, producer and writer Jia Zhang-ke was born in 1970 in Fengyang, Shanxi Province. He graduated from the Department of Screenwriting and Cinema Studies at the Beijing Film Academy in 1997.
In 1998, his first feature film, Xiao Wu, won the Wolfgang Prize and Netpac Award at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival's Young Filmmakers Forum. In 2006, Jia's Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards in 2008.
Jia Zhangke was identified as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum 2007 in Davos. In 2008, he received a tribute from Festival du Film Asiatique de Deauville. In the same year, The Guardian praised Jia Zhang-ke as one of the "50 people who could save the planet." In 2009, he was awarded the Officer Order of Arts and Letters of France and a tribute from Festival de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 2010, the Toronto International Film Festival awarded him as one of their "Directors of the Decade". The same year, he received the Leopard of Honor of the 63rd Festival del Film Locarno.