Singapore International Film Festival panel discussion 2019

Photo: Foo Yong Chin / Jaslyne Chua

Thank you SGIFF for having me on the discussion panel: What happens after your first film?

Jacen Tan’s first feature, Zombiepura, was a box office success in Singapore cinemas in 2018. His striking use of horror and comedy in a local context earned him the title of ‘Singapore’s latest film funnyman’ by The Straits Times.

When asked about the difference between commercial and independent features, Tan feels that “a commercial film can still have an independent voice in it and vice versa, an independent film can still have commercial sensibilities.

Was a great learning experience from K. Rajagopal, Wong Chen-hsi and Jeremy Chua. Read a recap of the discussion here. It was a fantastic festival overall and I got to watch and learn from many films and filmmakers.

Flying the Singapore flag at ASEAN cinema week in South Korea

It’s an honour to be chosen to represent Singapore at ASEAN cinema week 2019. Met and hung out with filmmakers and personalities from all over the region! Zombiepura also premiered to a South Korean audience in Seoul, with Singapore Ambassador to South Korea in attendance. Thank you to programmer Young-woo Kim and Asean Culture House!

Japan poster

Zombiepura Japan poster

Zombiepura will tour cinemas in Japan as part of a Nov 2019 festival! We will be released on VOD after that. Meanwhile check out the cool Japan poster!

Korea – Asean Cinema Week 2019

Zombiepura has been selected as the Singapore representative in Asean Cinema Week 2019 – A special festival featuring 10 different films from 10 countries of ASEAN. These screenings will introduce to Korea a line-up of creative hit films from the dynamic and growing ASEAN film industry. The films will tour nationwide starting in Seoul, Busan, Jeju and Gwangju. See you in Korea in November 2019! Ticketing details here.

Talk at Apple Store Singapore

Thank you Apple Singapore for inviting me and my composers Joe Ng & Ting Sihao to give a talk! We shared the process, tips and tricks of composing music for the movie. Using Garageband, we also composed music on the spot for a scene from the movie, recreating the creative banter between us filmmakers. After that, it was the participants’ turn to make music for a scene that was looping on the big screen. Interesting to hear the different genres of music they came up with!

It’s an honour to be featured as ‘Red Dot Heroes’ by Apple.