Boo Junfeng

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Boo Junfeng
Chinese name巫俊锋
Pinyinwū jùn fēng (Mandarin)
Born (1983-12-04) 4 December 1983 (age 35)
Alma materNgee Ann Polytechnic
LASALLE College of the Arts
Years active2004—present

Boo Junfeng (Chinese: 巫俊锋; pinyin: wū jùn fēng; born 4 December 1983) is a Singaporean filmmaker.


Boo is an ethnic Hokkien.[1] He graduated from the School of Film & Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2003, and from the Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts, in 2009, where he was accorded the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of the college.[2]

Boo's debut feature film Sandcastle (2010) was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]

His films, many of which show a preoccupation with places and historical and personal memory, have won prizes and acclaim and have been shown in film festivals around the world.[5] Notable short films include Un Retrato De Familia (2004), Katong Fugue (2007), Keluar Baris (2008) and Tanjong Rhu (2009).

In 2013, Boo won the President’s Young Talents Credit Suisse Artist Commissioning Award for a video art piece, Mirror. Later that year, he participated at the Singapore Biennale with Happy and Free, a video installation that depicted a Singapore that remained a part of Malaysia in 2013 and was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the territories' merger.[6]

In 2014, Boo announced that he will begin shooting his second film within the year. Executive produced by filmmaker Eric Khoo, Apprentice is a psychological drama about a young Malay correctional officer who is transferred to Singapore's top prison where he befriends its soon-to-retire chief executioner. The film is slated for release in 2016.[7]

2015 saw the release of Boo's short film, "Parting", as part of the omnibus titled 7 Letters to commemorate Singapore's 50th year of independence.[8]

In 2016, Boo's second feature film, Apprentice was selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[9][10]

On October 7, 2016, Boo received the relatively new and coveted Rising Director award at the 21st Busan International Film Festival's Asia Star Awards 2016.[11]


  • Apprentice (2016)
  • 7 Letters (omnibus - segment "Parting"; 2015)
  • Sandcastle (2010)
  • Lucky 7 (omnibus - segment 3; 2007)
  • Tanjong Rhu (aka The Casuarina Cove) (short; 2009)
  • Keluar Baris / Homecoming (short; 2008)
  • Bedok Jetty (short; 2008)
  • Katong Fugue (short; 2007)
  • The Changi Murals (short; 2006)
  • Guo Ke / Stranger (short; 2004)
  • Un Retrato De Familia / A Family Portrait (short; 2004)



  1. ^ "Royston Tan to produce Singapore's first dialect film anthology". 2 May 2017. 'I was going to be acting as myself, so I guess it was relatively stress free,' joked Boo, who is Hokkien.
  2. ^ "Kinema: A journal for Film and Audiovisual Media".
  3. ^ "CNN Go: Boo Junfeng - Singapore's Next Filmmaking Star".
  4. ^ Napolitano, Dean (19 November 2010). "The Wall Street Journal: Singaporean Director Is Coming of Age".
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2011-10-18.
  6. ^ "SingaporeBiennale".
  7. ^ Cremin, Stephen (25 February 2014). "European partners board Boo Junfeng's Apprentice". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  8. ^ Chan, Boon (20 August 2014). "One film for Singapore's 50th year from seven top local directors, including Eric Khoo and Jack Neo". Singapore Press Holdings. The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  9. ^ "2016 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Cannes 2016: Film Festival Unveils Official Selection Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b Retnam, Reena Devi Shanmuga (7 October 2016). "Singaporean director Boo Junfeng awarded Rising Director at Busan International Film Festival". Today. Retrieved 2015-10-19.

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