A 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. In 2017, POP AYE made its World Premiere in competition as the Opening Night film at Sundance Film Festival 2017. It screened to positive reviews from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, LA Times and Screen International. It went on to receive a Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. To date, it has screened at 50 film festivals including BFI London, Melbourne, Munich and Busan. Pop Aye was also selected to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. Prior to completing POP AYE, she has made a series of short films. Her shorts – 10 Minutes Later, Fonzi, Sink, Cold Noodles and Dahdi – have collectively received over ten international awards and screened and competed at international film festivals including Toronto, Busan, Hawaii and Tampere. At the Singapore International Film Festival, she received Best Southeast Asian Film for Dahdi (2014), Best Director for Fonzi (2007), and Special Jury Prize for 10 Minutes Later (2006). Commercially, she has directed content for brands including Giorgio Armani, TED Talks, Credit-Suisse and Raffles Hotel Singapore. Ella (2014), a fashion film she directed for Giorgio Armani, received an AICP show honor and has been included as a part of the permanent archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. In 2015, she was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore. She was also nominated as a Singaporean of the Year by The Straits Times, Singapore’s national broadsheet in 2017. Other personal honors include the Young Woman Achiever Award at Her World Magazine and a nomination for a Great Women of Our Time Award at Singapore Women’s Weekly. Kirsten has been featured on CNN International’s flagship program, Ones to Watch, which 'shines a spotlight on up-and-coming international creative talents set to be the next big names in culture and the arts'.
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