Royston Tan

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Royston Tan
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Roystan Tan in 2007
Background information
Chinese name 陳子謙 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈子谦 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Zǐ Qiān (Mandarin)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Tân Chí-khiam (Hokkien)
Born (1976-10-05) 5 October 1976 (age 41)
Singapore
Occupation director, screenwriter, producer,actor
Years active 1995–present
Website royston-tan.blogspot.com

Royston Tan (simplified Chinese: 陈子谦; traditional Chinese: 陳子謙; pinyin: Chén Zǐ Qiān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Chí-khiam; born 5 October 1976) is a Singaporean filmmaker, director, screenwriter, producer and actor.

Tan is a graduate from Temasek Polytechnic, where he studied Visual Communications.[1] He first came into prominence through his short films: Sons (2000), Hock Hiap Leong (2001), 48 on AIDS (2002), Mother (2002) and 15 (2002). He has so far directed four features.

Filmography[edit]

Filmography as Director[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Adam.Eve.Steve (1997)
  • Jesses (1999)
  • Sons (2000)
  • Hock Hiap Leong (2001)
  • 48 on AIDS (2002)
  • 24 HRS (2002)
  • Mother (2002)
  • 15 (short) (2002)!
  • The Old Man and The River (2003)
  • 177155 (2003)
  • Cut (2004)
  • The Blind Trilogy: Blind / Old Parliament House / Capitol Cinema (2004)
  • The Absentee (2004)
  • Careless Whisperer (2005)
  • New York Girl (2005)
  • Monkeylove (2005)
  • DIY (2005)
  • Cellouiod Dreams (2006), for the National Museum of Singapore's Living Galleries
  • Sin Sai Hong (2006)
  • After The Rain (2007)
  • My SARS Lover (2008)
  • Little Note (2009)
  • Anniversary (2009)
  • No Admittance (2010)
  • Ah Kong (2010)
  • FishLove (2010)
  • I want to remember (2011)
  • Vicky (2014)
  • 033713 (2014)
  • Bunga Sayang (2015), as part of the anthology 7 Letters
  • Provision Shop (2016)

Other work[edit]

  • Remains (1995) Music Video
  • Erase (1996) Music Video
  • Kisses (1997) Music Video
  • 4A Florence Close (1998) Home Video
  • Birdsong (2010) TV movie
  • Old Places (2010) TV movie
  • Journey to the West Pioneer Generation Video (2015) Advertorial

Filmography as actor[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Royston's Shorts (2006) - produced by Tan Bee Thiam

Awards[edit]

1995

  • NTU's All-School Students' Photo-Videographic Competition: First prize for Music Video "Remains"

1996

  • National Panasonic Video Award for Music Video for "Erase"

1997

  • UTV International Book Prize for "Adam.Eve.Steve"

1998

  • Bios MTV Awards 2nd prize for Music Video for "Kisses"

1999/2000

  • Hong Kong IDN Excellence in Digital Imaging Award for "Senses"

2000

  • 13th Singapore International Film Festival
Best Short Film for "Sons"
Special Achievement Award for "Sons"

2001

  • Singapore Short Film Festival – The Voice Award for "Mother"
  • 6th Malaysian Video Awards: ASEAN Director of the Year – Silver Award
  • 23rd JVC Video Award – Silver Award for "Sons"

2002

  • The National Arts Council – Young Artist of the Year 2002
  • 21st Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden) – International Jury Honorary Mention for "Hock Hiap Leong"
  • 6th Thai Short Film and Video Festival – Best International Short Film Award for "15"
  • Asian Television Awards 2002 – Technical and Creative Winner
Best of Show
Best Cinematography Award
  • Promax Asia 2002 – Silver for "48 on AIDS"
  • 15th Singapore International Film Festival – Special Achievement Award for Short Film "15"
  • "Fest Forward" – Audience Choice for "15"
  • Tampere International Film Festival – Jury’s Diploma of Merit Award for "Hock Hiap Leong"

2003

  • Filmlet 2003 – Best International Short Film
  • Brief Encounter Short Film Festival 2003
  • Best International Short Film
  • Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2003 – Promotion Prize of the International Competition 03
  • 22nd Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden) "UppsalaFilmkaja" Award
  • Mecal Film Festival – Special Mention for "15" (short film)
  • 16th Singapore International Film Festival – NETPAC-FIPRESCI Jury World Critic Award for "15: The Movie"
  • Newport International Film Festival – Honorable Mention for "15"
  • Oberhausen Short Film Festival – Special Mention Award for "15"
  • Tampere Film Festival – Best Fiction Award for "15"
  • Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards – Asian New Force 2003 Critics Awards for Short Film for "15"
  • New York Film and Television Award – Silver for "48 on AIDS"

2004

  • Hall of Fame – Best Family TVC (Starhub)
  • 10th Lyon Asian Film Festival – Press Award for 2nd Best Film for "15"
  • TIME Magazine – "Top 20 Asian Heroes"
  • Panasonic Digital Filmmaker Awards 2004 First Prize for "Cut"
  • 2004 Busan Asian Short Film Festival Excellent Kodak Film Award for "15" (short film)
  • Buenos Aires VI Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
Signis Special Mention Award for "15: The Movie"
Best Director Award for "15: The Movie"
  • Deauville Asian Film Festival – Special Jury Award for "15: The Movie"

2005

2006

  • 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival NETPAC award – (4:30)
  • 2006 Sapporo Short Shorts Special award – (Monkeylove)
  • 2006 HAF Award – "132"
  • 2006 Fitzroy Short Film Festival – Audience Prize for "Monkeylove"
  • Geneva Black Movie Festival – Special Mention Award for "4:30"

2007

  • Main Prize of the 5th Festival Signes de Nuit for "Monkeylove"
  • Winner of the Silver Screen Gangster Award
  • 29th Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival Grand prix for "Monkeylove"

2009

  • 22nd Singapore International Film Festival – Singapore Film Awards: Best Director for "12 Lotus"

2010

  • 1st Singapore Short Film Awards – Honorary Award for "outstanding contribution to the film community through short films"

Controversy[edit]

In June 2010, Tan was part of a group of Singapore filmmakers to protest the Asian Film Archive's head Tan Bee Thiam's supposed conflict of interest. Their letter led to Tan Bee Thiam's resignation as executive director in September.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wowing Audiences With His Films". TP4u.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick. "Filmmaker protest movement leads to Tan's AFA departure". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 

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