Mandy Li is an award-winning bilingual producer and director who has almost a decade of experience in documentary, TV, and corporate film production in China. She has produced for BBC, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, Starbucks, Google, and Bentley, among many others.
Mandy knows the ins and outs of a successful project, from proposal to filming and post-production. With extensive connections across China with central and local authorities, logistics, and China-based international and local professionals, Mandy is an invaluable asset when it comes to negotiating red tape and putting together a world-class crew.
Mandy has a talent for recognizing characters and unearthing great stories as well as rich, up-to-date knowledge of equipment and technology.
With extensive experience in whatever role she is hired for, Mandy can see each step from the perspective of a researcher, producer, and director. She has energy, passion, and people skills, as well as the ability to perform under even the tightest deadlines and most challenging circumstances.
In addition to her work as a producer, Mandy is a rising star among China’s young directors, having won a place in Discovery Channel Asia’s Nanjing Calling: First Time Filmmakers 2014, and directing a number of projects since then.
“It has been a total pleasure working with you this last two and a bit years- you have been fantastic and we have so appreciated your professionalism, skill and thoughtfulness, and your good advice (as well as your patience with us and your sense of humor!!!)” – Michael Wood, Writer/Presenter, Mayavision International, Story of China, BBC/PBS
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with you – you have been kind, fun, professional and brilliant in equal measure.” – Rebecca Dobbs, Executive Producer, Mayavision International, Story of China, BBC/PBS
“I can confirm that I worked with Mandy Li and that she is great at her job. I produced a series for Discovery Channel that followed the old Silk Road trade route across Central Asia from China to Istanbul and worked with many local fixers along the way. Mandy was by far the best of those I worked with. She was crucial in helping us navigate Chinese bureaucracy to make our series happen. As well as that, as a producer, she also appreciated the story telling and narrative needs of the episode and worked to ensure we got what we needed. She was great fun to have as part of the team on the road too and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Mandy again!” – Glen Swift, Director/Producer, Pioneer Productions, David Baddiel on the Silk Road, Discovery Channel
“I just worked with Mandy Li – long-distance, Los Angeles to Beijing – and she did a terrific job with great communication.” – Michael Hacker, Director, Ten 100 TV, Visions Of Greatness, Red Bull TV
We may have met in:
- Asia Side of the Doc – Ximen, March 2015
- Asian Side of the Doc – Chengdu, March 2014
- Asia Side of the Doc – Kuala Lumpur, March 2013
- World Congress of Science & Factual Producers – Hong Kong, November 2014
- Guangzhou International Documentary Festival – Guangzhou, November 2014
- Guangzhou International Documentary Festival – Guangzhou, November 2013
- Guangzhou International Documentary Festival – Guangzhou, November 2012