Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen enrolled in film school in Singapore at an early age of 17 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. Anthony has served as a radio presenter, a movie reviewer and has done work as an actor both on stage and on screen. He graduated from film school with his graduation film, G-23, which screened at multiple festivals worldwide and won awards in Europe and Asia. His second short film, Ah Ma (Grandma), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and secured a Special Mention, the first time a Singapore filmmaker was awarded in Cannes. Haze marks his third short film effort and was nominated for the Golden Bear for Short Film at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
Collectively, his films have screened at numerous prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, London, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Sydney, Montreal, Melbourne, Chicago, Hawaii, etc. In 2009, he was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore, one of the most prestigious accolades for the arts in Singapore. He recently completed his MA in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK with a scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Anthony believes in making films that reveal, reflect and explore universal truths about the human condition.
Anthony’s debut feature film Ilo Ilo had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of last year's Cannes Film Festival, garnering tremendous critical acclaim and subsequently winning the prestigious Camera d'Or. Set during the period of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo explores the relationship between a young boy and his maid.