Zhao Wei Films Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan

KirstenTanBWA versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works straddle a range of genres, but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humor.

Being a bit of an adventurer, she was raised in Singapore but has lived in South Korea and Thailand before New York City, where she recently completed a Master’s in Film Production at New York University. There she was honored to receive the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.

Her works have been showcased in a host of international film festivals. She has screened twice at Rotterdam International Film Festival for Sink (2009) and Dahdi (2015). She co-directed a fashion film, Ella (2014), for Giorgio Armani, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ella received an AICP show honor and has been included as a part of the permanent collection of the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She competed for the Sonya Award at the Busan International Film Festival with Cold Noodles (2010); the film also won Reel 13 shorts and later aired on the PBS channel. In total, she has collected over ten international awards and grants, most recently the National Board of Review grant for Dahdi (2015), and is a four-time Silver Screen Award Nominee at the Singapore International Film Festival, where she won Best Southeast Asian Film for Dahdi (2014), Best Director for Fonzi (2007), and Special Jury Prize for 10 Minutes Later (2006).

In NYC, she has directed commercial content for brands including Heineken, Giorgio Armani, TED Talks, Magnum Ice-cream and Credit-Suisse. In Singapore, she is represented under Eric Khoo’s Zhao Wei Films.

In 2016, she was featured on CNN International’s flagship program, Ones to Watch, which ‘shines a spotlight on up-and-coming creative talents set to be the next big names in culture and the arts’. Her most recent accolade is the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council for excellence in filmmaking.

In 2017, her debut feature film Pop Aye wins the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at Sundance Film Festival. She also made history for being the first Singaporean who has won an award at this event. Pop Aye continues to win the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017.