Boo Junfeng

b. 1983, Singapore
Lives and works in Singapore

Boo Junfeng has written and directed two feature films – ‘SANDCASTLE’ (2010) and ‘APPRENTICE’ (2016), and several award-winning short films.

‘APPRENTICE’ premiered in 2016 at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. It has travelled to more than 80 film festivals around the world, won numerous awards and is distributed in territories such as the US, Canada, the UK, France, Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2017, it was Singapore’s official entry to the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

‘SANDCASTLE’, his debut feature film, was the first Singapore film invited to Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week and was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of Asia’s most notable films of 2010.

Boo’s works often humanizes large topics such as identity, memory and sexuality, using personal and intimate narratives. He was the youngest filmmaker invited to be a part of the SG50 anthology ‘7 LETTERS’, an omnibus film commissioned to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence.

In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of Lasalle College of the Arts. He was also accorded the Young Artist Award (2009) and the Singapore Youth Award (2011) by the Government of Singapore.

In 2018, he served as the Creative Director of Singapore’s National Day Parade, the youngest person and the first full-time filmmaker to have been given the role.

Country: Singapore