Sam Zheng
Founder of International Deaffilm Festival Shanghai

From Access to Inclusion: Paving the Way for Greater Diversity in China

Sam studied at Zhengzhou Institute of Engineering and Technology (Zhongzhou University) and later Shanghai Theatre Academy. He is a training instructor in the Special education department of Shanghai Xuhui District Community College. His sign language MV “Single Love Song” won the Best Short Film Award at Deaffest, the UK’s leading deaf-led film and arts festival.

Sam is committed to raising awareness for deaf community and sharing creativity through film and art of the community to promote social inclusion. His initiative of offering sign language interpretation for the musical Kinky Boots when it was toured in China removed obstacles for deaf people to enjoy theatre. He also set up the first international deaffilm festival in mainland China.