b. 1974, Ho Chi Minh City
Hàm Trần received his MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, where his short films won numerous accolades including the title of National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards® for ‘The Prescription’ (2000) and ‘Pomegranate’ (2001). His thesis film ‘The Anniversary’ was top ten for the 2004 Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short. In the spring of 2006 Trần premiered his first feature film ‘Journey from the Fall’, at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This film went on to receive 16 international film festival awards for Best Feature Film. In 2012, Trần began to direct films in Vietnam. ‘Am Muu Giay Got Nhon (How to Fight In Six Inch Heels)’ received the Silver Kite award for Best Director in 2014 at the Golden Kite Awards in Hanoi, Vietnam. The success of ‘Six Inch Heels’ was quickly followed by Trần’s 2014 horror film, ‘Doat Hon (Hollow)’. This film did so well in the box office that it paved the way for the horror film genre in Vietnam. He continues to pioneer new paths in 2015 with the release of ‘Sieu Trom (The Bitcoin Heist)’, Vietnam’s first heist film. This film was very well received by audiences and film critics, and has found an occult audience in Vietnam. In 2016, Trần remade Thailand’s box office hit, ‘ATM Error’ for local Vietnamese audience, retitled ‘Ban Gai Toi La Sep (She’s the Boss)’.