Zhao Wei Films is one of the key players in the Singapore film industry.
In 1995, it released its maiden feature Mee Pok Man. Directed by company founder Eric Khoo, the critical hit not only ignited a resurgence of filmmaking in Singapore but was also the first local film to travel to international festivals including Berlin and Venice. His second film, 12 Storeys (1997) became the first Singaporean film selected for the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. Khoo's Be With Me was the opening film of the 2005 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight while My Magic - his fourth feature - is the only Singaporean film to vie for the Palm D'or in Cannes in 2008.
Zhao Wei Films has also taken on the role of nurturing Singaporean film talents, several of whom have found themselves on the world stage. Zhao Wei Film's Tan Fong Cheng produced, 15 - Royston Tan's controversial and critically acclaimed movie about delinquency - which went to Venice and Sundance in 2003; and Boo Jun Feng's Sandcastle (2010) which premeried at the 49th International Critics' Week in Cannes.
These productions have been represented internationally by the likes of Fortissimo, Bavaria, The Match Factory and Wild Bunch. Other notable Zhao Wei productions are 881, a musical which was Singapore's highest grossing local film in 2007, and 23.59 (Gorylah Pictures), an army horror hit which was picked up by US Company Magnolia Pictures in 2011.
Besides film production, Zhao Wei Films also specializes in commercials. Its stable of in-house directors include Brian Gothong Tan, Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, John Clang, ND Chow, Nicole Midori Woodford, Kirsten Tan, Anthony Chen, Naomi Kawase, Ho Yuhang, Miguel Sotto and Jazmin Reyes.