Touted as Singapore’s most promising short filmmaker, 26 year old Royston Tan (Singapore) has been an active filmmaker since his days at Temasek Polytechnic, winning a string of awards in recognition for his excellence in short filmmaking. He was named the ‘Asian Best Director of the Year’ 2001, a first for a Singaporean filmmaker at the Malaysian Video Awards.
He has so far won a total of 20 international and local film awards. Known for his unique portrayal of Singapore subjects, outstanding style and commitment to filmmaking through educating youths, Tan stands in the limelight winning the most awards in the history of Singapore.
2002 is an exciting year for Royston Tan as his film “Hock Hiap Leong” won the ‘Tampere International Film Festival Jury’s Diploma of Merit Award’ (Finland) for his unique portral of the 55-year old coffee shop. His newest short film “15” was awarded the ‘15th Singapore International Grand Prize Special Achievement Award’, making him the first local filmmaker to be win the much coveted award twice in a row. His recent documentary “48 on AIDS”, a documentary which has victims, celebrities, sex workers, social workers and many more talk about the taboo subject AIDS was the top all- rounder for its sensitive handling of the topic as well as top-notch execution. Produced for the 20th Anniversary for the discovery of AIDS, it captivated the juries and won the Asian Television Award 2002 for ‘Best Cinematography’ and it ‘Grand Prize’, Asian Television Award ‘Best of Show’ 2002, beating 528 competing works from 16 countries.
Royston Tan is also the winner of the Singapore Young Artist of the Year Award 2002.
2003 Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards -Asian New Force 2003 Critics Awards for Short film “15”
New York Film and Television Award- Silver for “48 on AIDS”
2002 The National Arts Council- Young Artist of the year 2002
21st Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden)- International Jury Honorary Mention. “Hock Hiap Leong”.
-6th Thai Short Film and Video Festival- Best International Short Film Award “15’.
Asian Television Awards 2002 Technical and Creative Winner
Best of Show 2002
Best Cinematography Award
Promax Asia 2002- Silver for 48 on AIDS
Singapore International Film Festival Special Achievement Award for Short film “15”
“Fest Forward” Audience Choice for “15”
Tampere International Film Festival Jury’s Diploma of Merit Award for “Hock Hiap Leong”
2001 Singapore Short Film Festival- The Voice Award for “Mother”
6th MVA ASEAN Director of the year-SILVER AWARD
23rd JVC Video Award- Silver Award for “Sons”
2000 13th Singapore International Film Festival
-Best Short film For “Sons”
-Special Achievement award for “Sons”
1999/2000 Hong Kong IDN Excellence in Digital Imaging Award for “Senses”
1998 Bios MTV Awards 2nd prize for Music Video “Kisses”
1997 UTV International book Prize for “Adam.Eve.Steve”
1996 National Panasonic Video Award for Music Video “Erase”
NTU's All-School Students' Photo-Videographic Competition
–First prize for Music Video "Remains