Boo Junfeng (b. 4th Dec 1983) is one of Singapore’s notable young filmmakers. His debut feature film SANDCASTLE premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week in 2010, and was subsequently invited to film festivals around the world, including Toronto, Pusan, Vancouver and London. Produced by Eric Khoo’s Zhao Wei Films and distributed by Fortissimo Films, SANDCASTLE won the Best Film, Best Director and the NETPAC Jury Award at the Vietnam International Film Festival, and was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of Asia’s most notable films of 2010.
Trained in film schools in Singapore and Spain, his works often centre on themes of identity, memory and sexuality. His films have won him acclaim at numerous film festivals, including Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
Since 2005 his short films have won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Special Jury Prize, Special Achievement Award and twice for Best Film.
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 2013, he ventured into the realm of visual arts with MIRROR, a video installation which won the President’s Young Talents Commissioning Award. Consequently, he participated in the Singapore Biennale with HAPPY AND FREE, a video installation which is later acquired by the Singapore Art Museum.
He is currently preparing for his second feature film, APPRENTICE, slated for release in 2016.