Talent Guide

Tony Wei

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Project Involve 2011


A triple citizen of Taiwan, the United States, and the Dominican Republic, Tony Wei was born in Taiwan but grew up roaming the street markets of Taipei, as well as the strip malls of New Jersey. He has embraced contrasting cultures and passions ever since, evident in his education and in his creative work. Wei graduated from Brown University where he majored in Neuroscience and Art-Semiotics and went on to receive his MFA in Film from Columbia University. Having always wanted to explore the dichotomy of his own cultural upbringing through film, Wei returned to Asia to direct 3 Wheels, a comedic story about cultural differences. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was chosen by New York Magazine as one of the Top 5 Shorts of Tribeca. 3 Wheels was also the recipient of the ASCAP Music Grant and garnered the highest honor at Columbia as a Faculty Selects Film. In Taiwan, the film was nominated for the Golden Harvest and was a finalist for the Golden Horse, Taiwan’s version of the Academy Awards. On the writing side, Wei’s feature screenplay, Dancing Wayward, was chosen as a Columbia Faculty Selects winner. It was also a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships competition as well as a winner of the CAPE Foundation’s New Writers Award. The feature dance film is currently set up at Taiwan’s only movie studio, Central Motion Pictures Corp. In addition to being a 2011 fellow at Film Independent’s Project Involve, Wei is also a writer in the 2011 Disney-ABC TV Writing Program.