Boo Junfeng (b. 4th Dec 1983) has written and directed 2 feature films – SANDCASTLE (2010) and APPRENTICE (2016), and several award-winning short films.
APPRENTICE premiered in May 2016 at Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section in the Official Selection. It is presently traveling on the international festival circuit and has secured theatrical distribution in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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. It was also selected at Toronto, Busan, Vancouver and London Film Festivals, and won the Best Film, Best Director and the NETPAC Jury Award at the Vietnam International Film Festival.
Boo’s works often humanizes large topics such as identity, memory, sexuality and human rights, 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 2013, he ventured into visual arts with MIRROR, a video installation which won the President’s Young Talents Commissioning Award. Consequently, he made HAPPY AND FREE (Singapore Biennale 2013), a video installation that imagines an alternate reality where Singapore and Malaysia celebrates 50 years of merger. In 2016, he presented THE SCENE AT THE TRAIN STATION in an exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries, his first in a commercial gallery.