Chai Yee Wei

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Chai Yee Wei
Native name 蔡于位
Born (1976-06-21) 21 June 1976 (age 42)
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation Film director, writer and producer
Employer Hot Cider Films
Notable work Blood Ties,
Twisted (2011),
That Girl in Pinafore (2013),
"Benjamin's last day at Katong Swimming Complex" (2017)
Spouse(s) Diane Chan
Awards Grand Prix George Lucas Award

Chai Yee Wei (born June 21, 1976), is a Singapore film director, writer and producer. He is also the founder of film studio Hot Cider Films.

His debut feature film Blood Ties, which premiered on 10 September 2009, was funded under the Singapore Film Commission's New Feature Film Fund and backed by Oak3. Before that, Yee Wei had also made many comedy short films, such as Loser, Lau Sai (Diarrhea) and My Blue Heaven amongst others.

Along the way, Yee Wei also founded Curry Favor, the first Japanese curry specialty restaurant in Singapore, and started several other businesses including an IT company and wedding photography business.[1]

Yee Wei lives in Singapore, and is married to Diane Chan.[2]

In June 2018, Yee Wei was announced as the recipient of the Grand Prix George Lucas Award at the 20th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia for his short film Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex, a wistful, nostalgic story that touches on a young boy's sexual awakening, as well as the loss of heritage with Singapore's rapid development. It premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival in November. The former award makes his short film eligible for the 2019 Oscars Academy Awards.[3]


Personal life[edit]

Chai was educated at Catholic High School and Catholic Junior College.[4] He is a huge fan of Xinyao, and his interest in this influenced him to create the 2013 film That Girl in Pinafore.[4]


  1. ^ Lui, John (8 January 2014). "The Life! Interview with Chai Yee Wei: A life of fate, drama and irony". Singapore Press Holdings. The Straits Times. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  2. ^ Koh, Dan (8 June 2011). "POSKAD: Chai Yee Wei & Diane Chan". Studio Wong Huzir. POSKOD.SG. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ hermes (2018-06-19). "Singapore director Chai Yee Wei's first short film in 10 years wins big". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  4. ^ a b Sarah Loh, Genevieve (2013-07-31). Salute to Singapore: Director Chai Yee Wei’s homegrown gem Retrieved 2013-08-12. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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