Director, Pop Aye
Uncomfortable with conformity, Kirsten Tan forged her own path as film director, becoming the first Singaporean to take home the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival and for her debut feature film Pop Aye. Additionally, Pop Aye garnered numerous international praise and accolades, notably at the Rotterdam and Zurich international film festivals and was Singapore’s 2017 submission for Oscar contention. While aspects of her career appear to have taken off almost over night, Kirsten has in fact been winning awards for almost half her life, having been named the Best Director Award at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2007 for her short film. Be on the lookout for her name in near future; Kirsten voiced hopes that a new film script will be completed by 2018.