Born in 1988 in China, Hu Bo graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a B.F.A. degree in directing. His finished two short films Distant Father and Night Runner in 2014. An Elephant Sitting Still was selected by the FIRST International Film Festival Financing Forum in 2016 and he participated in FIRST Training Camp under the supervision of Béla Tarr the year after. He has also written two novels, Huge Crack and Bullfrog, both published in 2017. Hu Bo took his own life soon after finishing An Elephant Sitting Still.