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 Kenneth Tan
Kenneth Tan

Kenneth Tan is Director of the Singapore Film Commission, and concurrently Chief Operating Officer of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. In this dual capacity, he leads the Singapore government’s efforts to develop and promote “made-in-Singapore / made-by-Singapore” feature and short films within the broader ecosystem of the all media platforms – Film, Television, Print, Games, and Interactive Digital Media.

He has been Chairman of the Singapore Film Society since 1984, and is also the current advisory committee Chairman of the School of Film and Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. His graduate dissertation at the National University of Singapore, which earned him the University’s highest honours for that year, was groundbreaking research into consumer comprehension of cinema advertising that has become a seminal reference in the field.

Just specifically at the cinema, Kenneth watches over 400 movies every year. And he always stays till the absolute end of all end credits.

Kenneth Paul Tan
Kenneth Paul Tan

Kenneth Paul Tan is Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he is also Assistant Professor of Political Science. An award-winning teacher, he has taught at the National University of Singapore's Political Science Department and University Scholars Programme. His research interests have been in the fields of political theory, comparative politics, and cinema studies, specializing in Singapore studies and focusing on topics such as democracy, civil society, media, multiculturalism, and meritocracy.

He has authored two books: Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (edited volume, NUS Press, 2007) and Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension (Brill, 2008). He is the chair of the Asian Film Archive's board of directors, sits on the board of directors of theatre company, The Necessary Stage, and has composed music for some of its performances.

Sun Koh
Sun Koh

Sun Koh is the executive producer of Lucky 7, an exquisite-corpse feature film collaboration by seven Singaporean directors. In 2002, she became the first Singaporean to win the Silver Hugo at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival with her debut short film, The Secret Heaven. The film was a festival favourite and screened at more than 30 festivals worldwide, including the Cannes Film Festival. Her second short film, Bedroom Dancing, which has been described as an "ode to physical love", also made International Film Festival Rotterdam official selection in 2007.
 


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