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  1. The principal photography of Popeye is wrapped.

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  1. Kirsten receives the Young Artist Award - Singapore's 'highest award for young art practitioners, whose artistic achievements and commitment have distinguished them among their peers.' 

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  2. Kirsten is featured on CNN International’s flagship program, Ones to Watch, which  'shines a spotlight on up-and-coming creative talents set to be the next big names in culture and the arts'.




  3. Dahdi is awarded a National Board of Review Student Grant.

  4. Popeye is selected as one of 15 projects to be showcased at Cannes Film Festival's L'Atelier.
    VARIETY "Popeye, Contestant, Mother Among Cannes Cinefondation Atelier titles"

  5. Ella is awarded Best Student Commercial by the AICP Show & Next Awards and the piece will be archived in MoMA's Department of Film.

  6. Dahdi is awarded a Carl Lerner Award for Social Significance; a graduate craft award for screenwriting; a graduate craft award for cinematography and LiHwa (lead actress) has been awarded a craft award for performance at the First Run Film Festival.

  7. Dahdi screens at Rotterdam. The programmer's notes for Dahdi - "Beautiful, meticulous, realistic drama about an old lady who finds a Burmese refugee girl in her home. Unsentimental to the end. She knows life." Screening times here.

  8. Dahdi screens to a complete full-house in a one-evening-only private screening at The Projector.



  1. Dahdi wins Best Southeast Asian Short at Singapore International Film Festival. Jury citation for Dahdi - "Realistic performance and mature direction from the director. Senstive and poignant, creating a cinematic experience."


    Selected News:
    > STRAITS TIMES "Short film Dahdi by Singapore's Kirsten Tan wins at Silver Screen Awards"
    > YAHOO "Singaporean filmmakers speak up through film"
    > ASIAONE "2 Singapore films on foreigners' plight bags awards"
    > CHANNELNEWSASIA "Court, Dahdi, Not Working Today win at SGIFF"

  2. STRAITS TIMES FEATURE "Local Lustre at Silver Screen Awards"

  3. Popeye wins Top Production Award at the Torino Film Lab, Italy.
    SCREENDAILY "Popeye wins Top Torino Film Lab Prize"

  4. Ella, as part of Giorgio Armani's Frames of Life campaign, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada.

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  5. An interview with on life and filmmaking - All in Constant Flux.

  6. Popeye is invited to the Berlinale Talent's Script Station.

  7. The Art of Conversation, Janice Koh for Channel News Asia - "Life in Technicolor - Kirsten Tan" February 8, 2014



Pre-2014 (selected stuff uncovered from the internet)

  1. Shoot Magazine's New Director Showcase April 1, 2011
  2. Straits Times Life! "30 under 30 feature" August 8, 2008
  3. Objectif Chats Featuring Kirsten Tan March 9, 2013
  4. TIMEOUT FEATURE Spotlight SGFilm Channel
  5. SINDIE Production Talk "Sink" By Kirsten Tan March 23, 2009