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Be exposed to professional best practices and standards by working closely with the likes of Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Michelle Chong, Boo Junfeng and others throughout the entire filmmaking process.
A Cultural Medallion recipient and award winning filmmaker, Eric Khoo helms Zhao Wei Films / Gorylah Pictures. Khoo was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Cultural Minister and his feature, My Magic was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. In 2011, he released his first animated feature, Tatsumi, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Royston Tan is an active director in the Singapore film industry, who has directed feature films including 3688 (2015), 12 Lotus (2008), 881 (2007), and 4:30 (2006). His short film 15 (2003) has won many awards, including Best Fiction Award at Tampere Film Festival (2003). His film 12 Lotus has won the Best Director Award at the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival. Royston has also won the Honorary Award at the 1st Singapore Short Film Awards.
Michelle set up her production company, Huat Films, in 2011. Her first movie, Already Famous, was one of the top 10 highest-grossing Chinese movies in Singapore that year and was selected to be Singapore’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. She recently wrote, directed and produced her third movie, Lulu The Movie, which hit $2 million at the box office. But Michelle sees herself as #SGFanBingBing and feels "The Michelle Chong Channel" on YouTube is her biggest endeavour yet.
Boo’s debut feature film, Sandcastle, was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week and listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of Asia’s most notable films of 2010. His second feature film, Apprentice, premiered in May 2016 at Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section in the Official Selection. Boo’s works often humanises topics such as identity, memory, sexuality and human rights, using personal and intimate narratives.
One of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore, Wee’s work has a distinct comedic and fantastical touch. She has won the "Best Director” award at the Singapore International Film Festival. Her films have travelled to the Tribeca Film festival in New York, the Cairo International Film festival, and the Shanghai international film festival, amongst many others. In 2011, the Singapore Short Film Awards presented Li Lin an honorary award for her commitment to the local filmmaking scene.
The co-founder and director of Robot Playground Media, Ervin is a passionate storyteller with a desire to see more Asia-centric animated stories brought to life. Ervin created, directed and produced Singapore’s first prime-time animated series, Heartland Hubby and the award-winning animated short, The Violin. His animated short film anthology, TimeScapes, commissioned by StarHub, will be released in 2017 and his studio is currently developing its first animated feature film.
Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festivalʼs Special Jury Prize for 3 consecutive years. I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997) have been featured at international festivals around the world. His short film was also part of the SG50 MDA commissioned omnibus film 7 Letters. His first feature film, A Yellow Bird premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
A versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works are known for their humanity and off-beat humor. She has collected over 15 international awards and completed her debut feature Pop Aye in 2017. In 2015, Pop Aye was invited by the Cannes Film Festival as one of 15 projects presented under L'Atelier. Pop Aye made its World Premiere in competition at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and went on to receive a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kuo Sin’s work ranges from documentaries and variety shows to dramas and comedies. In 2012, he released his first feature film, Judgment Day / 世界末日, which went on to earn RM1.5 million in Malaysia. In 2014, Kuo Sin earned a nomination for “Best Local Director” in the Singapore E-Awards. In 2015, he wrote and shot the viral hit song “Unbelievable” for Spouse For House, which garnered more than 5 million hits online. He also wrote and shot the feature film Mr. Unbelievable, inspired by the “Unbelievable” MV.
Calling himself a “part-time scriptwriter, full-time storyteller”, Raihan’s career began after winning two Golden Pen Awards at the MDA National Scriptwriting Competition in 2005 and 2007. His telemovies Yazid Wears Diapers garnered the Best Special Drama while Big Time In Little Street was nominated in 2010 Asian Television Awards. His feature film project, Banting (2014) was met with overwhelming response and was screened at the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival.
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