Erica Eng grew up in Oakland, CA where she got an early start on her filmmaking career. Being a winner of the San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award as a high school student, Erica used her prize money to purchase her own camera and began shooting videos for artists and musicians around the bay area. Shortly after receiving a B.A. in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University, Erica moved to Los Angeles to come up the industry ranks with internships at Spyglass Entertainment and HSI Productions, serving as an executive assistant at PRETTYBIRD and then for the Academy nominated director, Michael Mann. Erica spent six years learning the industry from the ground up before transitioning into freelance directing.
Erica’s work has been showcased in Oscar-qualifying festivals such as the New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and Holly Shorts Film Festival where her film “Fighter” was screened at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Erica was chosen for SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Director's Showcase, where her film "Poison" was screened at the Directors Guild Theatre in New York. That same year, Erica also became one out of six fellows handpicked out of 400 applicants to participate in the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) - a fellowship created with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Through the program, Erica created a “Homeboy Industries” PSA starring the Emmy-nominated actor, Richard Cabral.
Inspired by her Oakland roots, Erica aims to produce work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up. She creates films to empower underrepresented groups, and shed a light on societal issues. With her experience as a dancer, Erica utilizes movement and rhythm to provoke an emotional response – creating a visual style that seeks beauty within the grit.