Dear Vanessa

Winner > Best LGBT FILM
Amidst a night of heartache and longing, two Asian girls, Lucy and Vanessa seize an opportunity to get closer through laughter, tears, and shared dreams. As their connection deepens, Lucy must navigate her hidden feelings toward Vanessa while exploring the possibility of profound and unexpected love. Along the way, Lucy reveals her desire to create a story about their journey, and the film becomes the realization of her deepest aspirations.
Roku Jingwen Long: Director
Liz Shaodan Ji, Roku Jingwen Long: Writer
Emily Xiaoyue Ruan: Producer

Director Biography – Roku Jingwen Long
Roku Jingwen Long (She/They) is a bilingual writer, director, and producer born in Beijing and currently based in New York. She specializes in international and cross-cultural film and commercial productions, showcasing her talent for storytelling across different cultures. In 2022, her short film ‘Echoes’ received the esteemed Jack Larson Award for Collaboration from Columbia University, and it is now gaining recognition on the festival circuit. Demonstrating her creative prowess, Roku received the Emerging Filmmakers Grant in 2023 for her upcoming short film ‘Tropical Seed,’ which is in the development phase.
Roku is a Columbia University MFA Film candidate, and she also holds a BFA in Film and Theater Directing from the Communication University of China. Her previous short films, ‘Secretly’ and ‘First Love,’ garnered accolades at three renowned film festivals in China, solidifying her reputation as a talented filmmaker.
With a keen focus on exploring the intricate tapestry of human emotions and relationships, Roku’s works offer a uniquely feminine perspective. She has an extensive professional background, having worked in TV writing, commercial directing, and producing since 2015. Her list of past clients includes prestigious names such as Riot Games, PUBGMobile, Blackpink by YG Entertainment, Advene Design, and numerous others.
Currently, Roku is channeling her creative energies into crafting her feature film script, ‘Still,’ as well as producing and directing short films. Further showcasing her storytelling abilities and her commitment to the art of filmmaking.