Kirsten Tan’s debut feature film POP AYE, became the first Singaporean film to win the prestigious Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting in January. The film is a road trip tale about the bond between an aging architect and an elephant, set in Thailand. Her victory was lauded by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and marks the growing international recognition of Singapore filmmaking, with Boo Jun Feng’s Apprentice (2016) and K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird (2016) having enjoyed acclaimed screenings and accolades at numerous film festivals, including at the Cannes Film Festival.

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