Yeo Siew Hua won the prestigious Golden Leopard at the 71st Locarno Festival with the premiere of premiere his film A Land Imagined (2018) in the main Concorso Internazionale. The film is a first ever Singapore-French-Dutch co-production and was awarded the Hubert Bals Fund, the Grand Prix at Autumn Meeting 2016 and the Audience Design Award of the Torino Film Lab. The film has since won a number of awards including the grand prize of the Gold Star at the 2ndEl Gouna International Film Festival for the Best Narrative Feature, the Asian Next Wave Pylon Best Picture at QCinema International Film Festival 2018, the Roberto Rosselini Jury Award of the Crouching Tiger main competition at the 2nd Pingyao International Film Festival, and Best Cinematography of the official section at the 63rd Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (SEMINICI), the Special Jury Mention at the 3rd London East Asia Film Festival, the Junior Jury 1st Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention in conjunction with Locarno Festival 2018. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and also a founding member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective, which produced his first feature In The House of Straw (2009) and also his documentary The Obs: A Singapore Story (2015).
“This well-scripted, deftly directed and beautifully lensed thriller vividly captures the dangers for and the loneliness of illegal workers against the background of Singapore’s controversial land reclamation project.”
–Anne Démy-Geroe (Vice President, NETPAC) on behalf of all 2018 International Nominations Council members.
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