October 25, 2023

NewsDoc Graduates Giorgio Ghiotto and Lyuwei Chen Take Home Two Student Academy Awards

2023 Student Academy Awards winners Lyuwei Chen and Giorgio Ghiotto pictured with their awards, and NewDoc program director Marcia Rock.

From Left: Lyuwei Chen, Marcia Rock, and Giorgio Ghiotto.

Congratulations to Giorgio and Lyuwei! Read NYU’s official release for more information.

Read the release on nyu.edu


We’d also like to acknowledge previous winners of this prestigious award, many of whom have gone on to have outstanding careers in film and documentary.

Banner Showing photos of 10 student academy award winners from NewsDoc

Megan Thompson

Megan is currently a special correspondent for PBS News Weekend. She’s been nominated for four Emmys, and won three Gracies and three National Headliner awards. Megan’s thesis film, Ladies of the Land, was the first film she’d ever made. The experience gave her the confidence – and credibility – to go on to a successful career.

Rongfei Guo

Since graduation, Rongfei has continued working on various documentary shorts and fiction films. She is currently working on developing her first fiction musical feature film called Dear Red and she just pitched a documentary feature called Casting My Mom, which was selected by the IDFA Pitch Forum.

April Fan

After graduation, April worked at Refinery29 as a video producer. Currently, she is working as a Digital Marketing Manager for NY -Presbyterian Hospital, overseeing online marketing campaigns. At NYU, April honed her storytelling skills and her ability to execut well-informed strategies.

Mathie Faure

Since graduation, Mathieu has worked on different projects, pursuing both worlds, the independent one – with Eat Bitter, his first feature documentary – and the more traditional TV network world where he produced a series of documentaries at CNN with Fared Zakaria. He is currently a full time producer at Apple. Eat bitter is preparing for a hopeful Oscar run!

Laura Zephirin

Since graduation, Laura has been working as a full time digital editor for NBC and producer/videographer. She believes that when you believe in a story, and you crave to share it, that’s the right path. At NYU Laura learned how to approach people and the world differently, finding stories everywhere.

Bohao Liu

Since graduation, Bohaho has continued working as an independent filmmaker and continued his higher education studies in France where he also teaches. He credits the NewsDoc program for launching and nurturing his documentary thesis. He recently released his fourth short film ‘When a Rocket Sits on the Launchpad.

Shuhao Tse

After graduating, Shuhao returned to China, where he joined the Documentary Center at the Shangai Media Group. At NYU, he learned how to produce a documentary, leading to the creation of his award-winning piece FOUND. He is currently directing a 6-episode documentary series with the group.