Talent Guide

Eric Lin

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2009, Fast Track 2009, Grants and Awards 2010


Eric Lin earned his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. His Student Academy Award-nominated short documentary Music Palace has screened at film festivals worldwide, including New Directors/New Films in New York, Telluride Film Festival, and Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. It is currently airing on the Independent Film Channel. His narrative short film What Remains was awarded the Caucus Foundation Student Production Grant as well as the Warner Bros. Pictures Film Production Award. In addition to being honored as a BAFTA Best Short Film Award Runner-Up at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it has received recognition at festivals across the country. His work has received support from the C.V. Starr Institute, the Oppenheimer New Filmmakers Grant, and New York State Council for the Arts.

Lin was selected to workshop his feature film project, Why We Pull the Trigger, at the 2009 Film Independent Directors Lab. In addition, the script won the Richard Vague Production Award and was named as a semifinalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship administered by the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

An accomplished cinematographer, Lin has shot feature films in the US and abroad in Hong Kong, Haiti, and Cuba. His DP credits include Bradley Rust Gray’s The Exploding Girl; Kit Hui’s Cannes short, Missing, and debut feature, Fog; as well as P. Benoit’s upcoming untitled Haiti feature.

Current Project

Why We Pull the Trigger


Why We Pull the Trigger is a dark drama about three DESPERATE FRIENDS who find a way out of their dead end lives by selling human remains on the black market.