Born and raised in Beijing, Yi travelled to the US to study filmmaking at NYU. She graduated in 2014 with a major in Film&TV and a minor in Psychology. Her thesis film MARA was selected by over a dozen film festivals across the US, including Soho International Film Festival. It was also awarded the Local Judge Award by the prestigious USA Film Festival, a golden Remi by the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, and Best Experimental by the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Her second short film WATER! has entered the festival circuit since early March in 2016 and was already selected for competition by the Oscar-Qualifying Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival and Miami Short Film Festival. Yi is currently based in China and many of her projects are under development, including her first feature. At the same time, Yi is dedicating herself to charity videos and environmental work.