He served as assistant director to Zhang Yimou and Lü Yue on their films To Live and Mr. Zhao, respectively. His first feature was A Beautiful New World (Meili Xin Shijie, 1998), a romantic comedy about a peasant who wins an apartment in Shanghai in a lottery.
Shi works for the Imar Film Company, and is a member of the "Sixth Generation" of Chinese filmmakers. He considers his work an exploration of changing Chinese social conventions.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Notes|
|1999||A Beautiful New World||美丽新世界||Special Jury Award at the 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival|
|2001||All the Way||走到底||Official Selection at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival|