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Kirsten & Cat


A versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works straddle a range of genres, but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humor.

Being a bit of an adventurer, she was raised in Singapore but has lived in South Korea and Thailand before New York City, where she recently completed a Master’s in Film Production at New York University. There she was honored to receive the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.

Her debut feature, POP AYE made its World Premiere in competition as the Opening Night film at Sundance Film Festival 2017. It screened to positive reviews from The Hollywood Reporter, Roger Ebert, Variety, LA Times and Screen International. It went on to receive a Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. To date, it has screened at over 40 film festivals including BFI London, Melbourne, Munich and Busan. In 2017, Pop Aye was invited to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars.

Prior to completing POP AYE, she has made a series of short films. Her shorts – 10 Minutes Later, Fonzi, Sink, Cold Noodles and Dahdi – have collectively received over ten international awards and screened and competed at international film festivals including Toronto, Busan, Munich, Hawaii and Tampere. At the Singapore International Film Festival, she received Best Southeast Asian Film for Dahdi (2014), Best Director for Fonzi (2007), and Special Jury Prize for 10 Minutes Later (2006).

Commercially, she has directed content for brands including Giorgio Armani, TED Talks, Heineken and Credit-Suisse. Ella (2014), a fashion film she directed for Giorgio Armani, received an AICP show honor and has been included as a part of the archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

In 2015, she was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore, one of the highest accolades for the arts in Singapore. In 2017, she was nominated as Singaporean of the Year by The Straits Times, Singapore’s national broadsheet. She was also featured on CNN International’s flagship program, Ones to Watch, which 'shines a spotlight on up-and-coming international creative talents set to be the next big names in culture and the arts'.




  1. Special Jury Prize in Screenwriting - "Pop Aye" Sundance Film Festival

  2. VPRO Big Screen Award - "Pop Aye"
    International Film Festival Rotterdam

  3. Best International Film Award - "Pop Aye"
    Zurich International Film Festival

  4. FIPRESCI Prize - "Pop Aye"
    NETIA OFF CAMERA International Film Festival

  5. Special Jury Prize - "Pop Aye"
    Bangkok Asean Film Festival


  1. Young Artist Award
    National Arts Council, Singapore

  2. Featured on CNN's “Ones to Watch”
    CNN International’s Flagship Feature

  3. L'Atelier - "Popeye"
    Cannes Film Festival

  4. Student Award - "Dahdi"
    National Board of Review

  5. Winner-AICP Show & Next Awards - "Ella"
    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC

  6. As Long As It Takes Showcase - "Dahdi"
    Rotterdam Intl Film Fest

  7. Carl Lerner Award for Social Significance;
    Craft Award for Screenwriting; Cinematography;
    and Performance - "Dahdi"

    First Run Film Festival


  1. Best Southeast Asian Short Film - "Dahdi"
    Singapore Intl Film Fest

  2. Top Prize - "Popeye"
    Torino Film Lab, FrameWorks Programme

  3. Script Station - "Popeye"
    Berlinale Talent Campus

  4. Giorgio Armani's Films of City Frames- "Ella"
    Toronto Intl Film Fest


  1. Best Doc Nominee - "John Clang"
    Singapore Short Film Awards


  1. AICP Show & Next Awards - "Play Your Part"
    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

  2. Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award
    Nominee, NYU

  3. Best Fiction Nominee – “Thin Air”
    Singapore Short Film Awards

  4. Winner - "Cold Noodles"
    Reel 13 Shorts, The PBS Channel


  1. Shoot Magazine’s New Director Showcase
    Director's Guild of America, New York

  2. Best-of-all-Entries - "Play Your Part"
    Porsche Awards, Germany


  1. Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship
    New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

  2. Sonje Award Nominee – “Cold Noodles”
    Busan International Film Festival, South Korea

  3. Spectrum Showcase – “Sink”
    Rotterdam International Film Festival

  4. Best International Short Film - "Sink"
    Planet In Focus, Canada 

  5. Best Cinematography
    Singapore Short Film Awards


  1. Special Mention for Direction - "Fonzi"
    Asian Film Symposium Young Jury Award

  2. Best Cinematography - "Fonzi"
    Asian Film Symposium Young Jury Award


  1. Best Director Award - "Fonzi"
    Singapore International Film Festival 

  2. Best Concept Award - "Fonzi"
    48th BRNO Sixteen
  3. 3rd place - "10 Minutes Later"
    International Women’s Film Festival, Philippines


  1. Asian Youth Filmmaker’s Forum (Residency)
    Jeonbuk Independent Film Association

  2. Special Jury Prize - "10 Minutes Later"
    Singapore International Film Festival 

  3. National Prize Winner - "10 Minutes Later"
    Kodak Film Award

  4. Silver Medal - "10 Minutes Later"
    47th BRNO Sixteen, Czech Republic
  5. 3rd place - "10 Munutes Later"
    Ohnekohle Video & Film Festival

  6. Best Experimental Film - "10 Minutes Later"
    Student Film Festival in the Greater China Region


  1. Media Education Scheme Scholarship
    Ngee Ann Poly (from MDA)