About Ella Raidel

About Ella Raidel

Ella Raidel is a filmmaker and visual artist. She is Asst. Professor at NTU Singapore (ADM/WKWSCI). In her interdisciplinary works, she focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization, and the representation of images. Her hybrid practice is to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art, and research.
In recent years, she has been concerned with China’s unprecedented growth and rapid urban changes in experimenting with new documentary modes, narrations, and methods. Raidel’s works have participated in international biennials, exhibitions, and conferences and presented at numerous International film festivals, among those International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH: DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs Canada, and Chicago International Film Festival.
Her film-making corresponds with her writings on Sinophone cinema for researching the poetics in image-making. She is the co-editor (with Peng Hsiao-yen) of Altering Archives, The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture (Routledge Contemporary China Series 2018). She has publicized the film director Tsai Ming-Liang.

Most recently she received the Outstanding Artist Award Film Art 2022 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture for Documentary and Fiction Film.  Her film A Pile of Ghosts received the Award for Excellence at the Image Forum Festival Tokyo (2022).

Of Haunted Spaces – The Films of Ella Raidel Cinema, Heterotopias, and China’s Hyperurbanization Edited by Ute Meta Bauer NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore 2023, NUS Press

Films distributed by Sixpackfilm Vienna.


Geistergegenwart, RAY Filmmagazin 12/23+01/24, pp. 68-73, Text und Interview – Andreas Ungerböck, LINK, A comprehensive and detailed book review spanning six pages in Ray Filmmagazin, Austria.

Les Nouveaux Riches Magazine, Association for Contemporary Art and Culture, Interview with Ella Raidel, Interview: Daniel Lichterwaldt, June 2023,  Link

Ella Raidel, Video portrait, Outstanding Artist Award, Documentary and Fiction Film, Federal Ministry, Republic of Austria, Arts, Culture and Civil Service and Sports, Link