Tan Takes the Lead: Pop Aye wins at Zurich

Incredibly eloquent, funny, and honest, Kirsten Tan is a fantastic artist. Not only is she making poignant and artistically interesting films, she’s making huge strides in the industry for women, and minority women. Tan’s work swept through New York this summer with the release of Pop Aye, and now is sweeping through Europe, and we are happy to say that she’s sweeping the awards.

Director/cinematographer Kirsten Tan is taking on the world with her distinct style. She was raised in Singapore, but she spent a great deal of time in South Korea and Thailand before moving to New York city to attend New York University for a Masters in Film Production. While at NYU she received the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Fellowship, but this was only the beginning of her success.

Known as one of Singapores most accomplished young filmmakers, Tan is probably best known for her premier feature Pop Aye, but is also known for several shorts such as Cold Noodles (2010), and Granny (2014). Pop Aye has been nominated for the Blue Angel in the Art Film Festival, Best International Feature at the Guanajuato International Film Festival, the Best Main Feature Film at the Netia Off-Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and many many more.

So far, Pop Aye has won the FIPRESCI Jury Award at Netia, the Big Screen Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and most recently, the Golden Eye for Best International Feature Film at the Zurich Film Festival. One jury member stated “This generous, heartfelt and funny film is visually stunning. Directed with great precision and sensitivity and is brilliantly acted.”

FF2 Media intern Katusha Jin reviewed Pop Aye this past July, and gave it a 4.5/5. You can read her raving review here!

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to sit down with Kirsten before a screening of Pop Aye, we had a wonderful conversation about women in film, our hopes for the future of our industry, and her experiences in the past. You can read the full interview here!

© Lindsy M. Bissonnette FF2 Media (10/9/17)

Top Photo: Kirsten Tan

Middle Photo: Kirsten Tan with a celebratory smile. Zurich, Switzerland.

Bottom Photo: Kirsten Tan at the Zurich International Film Festival before the premier of Pop Aye

Photo Credits: Kirsten Tan










Tags: FIPRESCI, katusha jin, Kirsten Tan, Lindsy Bissonnette, Lindsy M. Bissonnette, Pop Aye

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LB has worked in nonprofit administration, marketing, and development since 2015 and has been writing, performing, producing, and directing since 2010. She’s an experienced fundraising and strategic planning administrator interested in social justice and gender equity with a passion for bringing people together and making them laugh though shared experience and performance. She loves combining her passions in unique ways and collaborating with like-minded folks. Whether in administration or sketch, LB loves pushing the needle forward and fighting for equitable space for historically and systemically oppressed identities. As an FF2 Contributing Editor from 7/16 thru 3/18, Lindsy's responsibilities included: writing/editing 5-10 pieces weekly; monitoring, publishing, and formatting the FF2 website; managing 3-4 interns per semester and developing their artistic voice and critical thinking skills; attending and coordinating film panels and festivals; interviewing and composing articles about film writer/directors including Ava Duvernay, Angelina Jolie, Deborah Kampmeier, Kirsten Tan, and more; and supporting the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editors, and Business Manger in administrative tasks.
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