Daniel Chein

2017 Princess Grace Award
Graduate Film Scholarship
Nominated by: San Francisco State University

Additional Grants from the Princess Grace Foundation:
• 2021 Special Project Grant
• 2017 Professional Development Grant


Daniel Chein is an independent filmmaker whose work explores transculturalism and expressions of identity in the performative. He co-directed About A Home which had its world premiere at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. His short film Basha Man premiered at CAAMFest2017, where it won the AT&T Film Award. Daniel was a 2019 Flaherty Seminar Fellow and his work has received support from ITVS, the Sundance Institute, the Princess Grace Foundation, BAVC, the Points North Institute, SFFILM, UnionDocs and the Berkeley Film Foundation. He is a member of A-Doc and a board member of the Global Lives Project. As a lecturer, Daniel teaches courses on cinematography, editing, and documentary filmmaking. He received a BA in Anthropology and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.