|Duong Dieu Linh
Linh Duong is a Vietnamese filmmaker whose series of shorts that combine her signature quirky sense of humour and magical realism elements have been competing and winning awards at prestigious film festivals around the world.
Linh previously attended Berlinale Talents in 2020, Asian Film Academy in 2016, Locarno Summer Academy and Bucheon Fantastic Film School in 2015. She is developing her first feature, “Don’t cry, butterflies”, which recently won Moulin D’andé-CECI Award at Locarno Open Doors 2019.
Ghazi Alqudcy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from film.factory, an intensive programme created by the Hungarian film director Béla Tarr. He has produced more than 55 short films, which screened at various film festivals in Europe and Asia. In 2014, he produced a feature length omnibus documentary “Lost in Bosnia” – a collective poem about the act of filmmaking at a critical, (film-)historical moment. His directorial debut feature film, “Temporary Visa”, was awarded Best Film (Discovery Section) at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona. Ghazi is currently lecturing at the Faculty of Cinematic Arts, Multimedia University (Malaysia).
Jeremy Sing is the founder and editor of SINdie (www.sindie.sg), a website on Singapore films. In the last 13 years, through SINdie, he has written extensively about local films, both short and feature films, as well as interviewed numerous filmmakers. Before SINdie, he was making short films and his works have been screened both locally and at overseas film festivals and competitions. Little known to many, he juggles all his film and film-writing commitments with his full-time job as a public relations consultant.
Juan Foo is candidly regarded as the pioneer independent producer who is ‘still’ around for the past 20 years. He produced Singapore’s first digital film, “Return To Pontianak”, first HD-feature “Dirty Laundry” and indie-cult film “Perth”. He started in script reading and distribution for a film finance company and freelanced in editing and production. Juan teaches filmmaking in NUS-CFA and has taught producing at NTU-ADM and NP-FMS-FSV; he believes the next generation of content talent is in producers. He is attached to Taipan Films developing and producing motion picture content, most recently, with Singapore’s first creature monster film, “Circle Line”.
Marcia Ong is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Singapore. Her short film “Kristy” has travelled to numerous festivals in Melbourne, Brussels, Amsterdam and Seoul, and won awards at Kids First! Children’s Film Festival and the Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Since obtaining her MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, Marcia has taught video art at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She has also worked as a Director of Photography on a variety of productions, including feature documentary film “Ten Eleven O Two” and food and travel shows, such as “Street To Kitchen Asia”.
Mysara Aljaru is a writer, researcher and lens-based practitioner. Previously a journalist and documentary producer, she works on the intersections of art and academia. Her works explore the politics of space and power structures in the process of narrative making that cuts across class, race and gender. Her commissioned short film has also been showcased at Objectifs in 2019 as part of their annual Women in Film programme. She also has showcased and performed at The Substation and ArtScience Museum as well.
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Asra Aman is a Film and TV Producer with Papahan Films.
She produced her first feature, “Banting”, in 2014, which was widely released in Singapore theatres to positive reviews. The film was supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) with their New Talent Feature Grant. In 2017, “La Luna”, a film that she developed with Creative Director, M. Raihan Halim, was selected for HAF (Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum) and won the Wouter Barendrecht award and White Light Post-Production Award. “La Luna” is planned to go into production late this year.
Jaclyn Chan is a recovering banker turned screenwriter and game writer. She has written for a variety of television shows in Singapore, in genres spanning comedy, drama and documentary. Her work has been nominated at the Asian Television Awards and International Emmys.
Jaclyn currently teaches scriptwriting at Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film. She is a SkillsFuture Fellow, a juror with the International Emmys and a member of the Independent Writers Caucus, Writers Guild of America, West. Jaclyn obtained her MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and her BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Nelson Yeo is a Singaporean filmmaker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. He participated in Berlinale Talents Tokyo in 2014, BiFan Fantastic Film School in 2015 and Locarno Filmmakers Academy in 2018. His recent short films, “Mary, Mary, So Contrary” (2019) and “Here is Not There” (2019), have been selected for international film festivals such as Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg and Cairo International Film Festival. He is currently working on his debut feature film, “The Drought”.
Vincent Quek is the founder of Anticipate Pictures, a Singapore film distribution company that focuses on bringing arthouse, independent films and documentaries from around the world into the Singapore market for meaningful distribution. Notable releases include “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”, “For Sama”, “The Kingmaker”, and “House of Hummingbird”. Before Anticipate, he worked at The Substation, a non-profit arts centre, for the now-defunct Moving Images Programme which championed local filmmakers’ works in Singapore and overseas. He holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Huang Junxiang is a producer at Zhao Wei Films. He has worked on a number of feature films, including “In The Room” (Toronto 2016), “Apprentice” (Un Certain Regard 2016), “Ramen Teh“ (Berlin Culinary Cinema 2018), “Buffalo Boys” (Fantasia Film Festival 2018) and “Tiong Bahru Social Club” (Busan International Film Festival 2020). He has also served as producer for both HBO Asia anthology series “Folklore” (2018) and “Food Lore” (2019).
His most recent effort is “Piece of Meat” (2019), co-directed with Jerrold Chong, which enjoyed its premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and subsequently travelled to Annecy and Busan.
|Oon Shu An
Oon Shu An is a theatre, film and television actor, and host based in Singapore. Oon is a graduate of the acting course at Lasalle College of the Arts, and her best known roles were the ill-fated Song Dynasty courtesan Jing Fei in Netflix’s “Marco Polo”, and the troubled ex-con on her path to redemption Frances Lee in HOOQ’s “How to be a Good Girl”; where she received a nomination at the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2018. In 2020, she was nominated for Best Actress at Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, for the role Ellen Toh on “Mergers And Accusations”.
|Tan Wei Keong
Tan Wei Keong is an animation filmmaker. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2019. His latest film, “Kingdom”, has been selected to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival. His previous film, “Between Us Two”, received the Best Singapore Short Film Award at Singapore International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Short at Outfest Los Angeles. His films have been selected at many film festivals, including Annecy, Zagreb, Stuttgart and Toronto. He has been the Film Programme Director at Cartoons Underground since 2014.
|Teo Wei Yong
Teo Wei Yong is an award-winning film composer and sound designer. His film scores and sound design can be heard in many prestigious festivals and broadcasting channels around the globe, including a Best Original Score at the 56th Golden Horse Awards. He is currently scoring the 2021 local creature feature film “Circle Line”. He has worked on numerous Biennale art installations, and documentaries for the National Geographic Channel. Wei Yong has also created music and sound design for commercial brands, including Loreal, Intel, Toyota, Microsoft, and many others. He continues to do what he loves best.
|Yeo Siew Hua
Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” (2018) won the Golden Leopard at the 71st Locarno Film Festival and was Singapore’s entry to the Oscars in 2020. The film won Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Music Score at the 2019 Golden Horse Awards. It is distributed on Netflix and received multiple Best Picture awards at international film festivals. It was awarded the Roberto Rossellini Jury Award at the Pingyao International Film Festival 2018. Yeo received the 2018 Singapore International Film Festival’s Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent Award, in recognition of his contribution to the development of cinema in Asia.
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David Chua was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured into an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, and operates as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore. David is also concurrently the Chairman of *SCAPE. David graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Denise Oliveiro is a media professional with over 20 years of experience in content creation. Having helmed global content in Asia with brands like Netflix and Disney, she has collaborated with A-lister talent, animators and film crews in the U.S., Hong Kong, India, and SEA.
A visual storyteller at heart, she turned her focus to executive producing social impact stories, backed by strong belief that storytelling is at its most powerful when it has social purpose. She feels the greatest privilege one can have in content creation is the consent to tell a story in its most authentic form.
|Genevieve Sarah Loh
Genevieve Sarah Loh has been the resident film journalist and movie critic for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia (CNA) and TODAY newspaper for the past 13 years. Her passion for film and pop-culture is presented across multiple platforms of digital, television, print and radio. She is part of the founding team that started CNA Lifestyle and currently serves as the platform’s senior journalist/lifestyle editor. Having covered the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival as well as the Oscars (Academy Awards) and Golden Globes in Hollywood over the years, Genevieve is known for her in-depth interviews with international, award-winning actors and filmmakers.
Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore and Toronto. In 2010 he co-founded E&W Films, a Singapore-based film development and production company, the producer of “POP AYE” (2017) by Kirsten Tan which received awards at Sundance, Rotterdam, and Zurich, and “Taste” (2021) by Vietnamese filmmaker Lê Bào, that received the Special Jury Award in the Encounters section of the recent Berlinale Film Festival where it had its world premiere. Upcoming projects include CNC Development Award recipient “Mongrel” by Chiang Wei Liang, developed at the Cannes Residence, Talents Tokyo, and TorinoFilmLab ScriptLab.
|Lim Ting Li
Lim Ting Li’s foray into sound for film began in 2004. Her extensive filmography comprises local as well as international commercial and independent feature films, with standouts including “Apprentice”, “Pop Aye” and “DAU”. She won the Motion Pictures Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Award in 2014 and was conferred the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2018. She is currently the Director of Sound at Mocha Chai Laboratories, running Singapore’s first and only Dolby Atmos facility and is also an EXCO and founding member of the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals.
Sanif Olek is a Singapore-based film and television director. His filmography includes television, strategised messages for corporate organisations and commissioned works for statutory boards and museums. He is accomplished in diverse television genres – dramatic, documentary, current affairs; and has earned multiple awards for directing drama narratives and writing since 1996. His shorts have won international awards and received critical acclaim for their authentic Singaporean stories that often look at identity, and ironies of the human condition. His debut feature, “Sayang Disayang” was Singapore’s official entry to the 2015 Oscars® (Best Foreign Language Film). He creates works that invite conversations.