Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen enrolled in film school in Singapore at an early age of 17 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. Anthony has served as a radio presenter, a movie reviewer and has done work as an actor both on stage and on screen. He graduated from film school with his graduation film, G-23, which screened at multiple festivals worldwide and won awards in Europe and Asia.
His second short film, Ah Ma (Grandma), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and secured a Special Mention, the first time a Singapore filmmaker was awarded in Cannes. Haze marks his third short film effort and was nominated for the Golden Bear for Short Film at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. Collectively, his films have screened at numerous prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, London, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Sydney, Montreal, Melbourne, Chicago and Hawaii.
In 2009, he was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore, one of the most prestigious accolades for the arts in Singapore. He recently completed his MA in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK with a scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.
Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious Caméra d’Or at Cannes for his first feature length film, “Ilo Ilo”, receiving an unanimous vote by the jury accompanied by a 15 minute standing ovation. “Ilo Ilo” also won 4 Awards at 50th Golden Horse Awards: Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann.