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Thursday, November 04, 2010

My films, LOVE SUICIDES and KINGYO receive awards at the Doi Saket International Film Festival

Now, this is a surprise!

Just received news that I won two awards at the inaugural Doi Saket International Film Festival (facebook page here). The festival actually ended on the same day as the Tokyo International Film Fest (Oct 31st), but the folks were so busy that they didn't announce the results publicly until few moments ago.

I won a Best Editing Award for KINGYO (2009).

kingyo poster

Thanks! This is the first time I've ever won an editing award! KINGYO was definitely difficult to edit, with all these split screens and stuff. Spent weeks editing it, glad that the efforts weren't wasted!

Kingyo trailer

Aside from that, I also won the Best Director Award for LOVE SUICIDES (2009).

[Love Suicides] The girl (Arika Lee) plays with the red balloon

Thanks! Directing a child is difficult!

Love Suicides excerpt

By the way, this is a much-delayed announcement, but a one-minute iteration of LOVE SUICIDES (which I titled as LOVE SUICIDES: PROLOGUE) had also received a Jury Commendation at Filminute in early October.

I shot LOVE SUICIDES in Sept 2008, and KINGYO in Jan 2009. Both films felt like a lifetime away, yet I'm very honoured that they're still being enjoyed by audiences around the world.