Derek Nguyen – Director of Operations & Creative Affairs

Derek Nguyen

Derek Nguyen

DEREK NGUYEN is the Director of Operations & Creative Affairs for Gamechanger Films, which finances narrative features directed by women. Derek has worked as a business administrator for several non-profit organizations including Apex for Youth, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (The International Emmy Awards), IFP/New York, and Arts at St. Ann’s. He was also a subsidiary rights agent at the Denise Marcil Literary Agency and the Barbara Braun Literary Agency. As a filmmaker, Derek was a 2004 fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab for the screenplay adaptation of his play, Monster (Edgar Allen Poe nomination for Best Play) and a 2004 Screenwriting Fellow at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Seeing Red (co-written and directed by Liselle Mei) was a part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival’s All-Access Alumni Program, the 2007 IFP Market’s No Borders Program, and won the 2012 C3 Project Market at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Derek wrote and directed The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, a short film narrated by George Takei (Star Trek) which screened at the Short Film Corner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, and Raindance among others. Norman Mao is currently being distributed by Shorts International. Derek was creative consultant on Sundance Institute project Stones in the Sun (written and directed by P. Benoit) which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and was Associate Producer of a short film entitled Mister Green (written and directed by Greg Pak). He received the 2012 CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) Fellowship and has written several optioned screenplays, including Expecting (aka Baby Daddies) which was a 2012 semi-finalist for the Nantucket Screenplay Competition. Recently, he wrote and directed his first feature The Housemaid (Cô Hầu Gái) in Vietnam with HKFilms and CJ Entertainment, which was released in 2016.


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