We have invited 3 esteemed heritage and film experts to watch and judge the merits of our short film entries.
For many in the industry, Juan Foo is candidly regarded as the producer who is ‘still around doing independent work’ through a variety of his activities, amongst them being a writer, lecturer, jury member, lobbyist and producer. He produced pioneer digital and HD films like Return to Pontianak and Dirty Laundry. He is mostly remembered as one of the producers of cult Singapore film Perth. His interest is content development, which led to him successfully sell a script to a Hollywood studio. Professionally, Juan started off freelancing and has worked in production companies, WDA, MDA and NTUC U Creative.
Associate Professor Lai Chee Kien
Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar). He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research , and then a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley . His publications include A Brief History of Malayan (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007), Cords to Histories (2013) and Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015). He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia, and is also a registered architect in Singapore.
Eva Tang loves literature and films. Her prose was unanimously awarded First Prize for Hong Kong’s most esteemed Chinese Literature Award when she was an undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong. She later earned an MA in Fiction Directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School (UK). Her student film While You Sleep (2002) was the first short film by a Singaporean filmmaker to be selected in the Venice Film Festival. Eva was selected for the 2010 Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, Torino FilmLab and 2009 Berlinale Talents. The Songs We Sang (2015) is her debut feature documentary, hailed by the local media and audience as one of the best films of the year, it has set a new box office record for independent documentary. Eva is currently working on her debut feature film.