Director-pic03Name: Michael Tay Hong KHoon 郑 鸿 坤

DOB: 21 July 1983 (Cancer)

Race: Chinese

Languages Spoken and Written: Mandarin and English

Nationality: Singaporean

Occupation: Film Maker/ Writer

Michael Tay Hong Khoon is a graduate from the School of Film, Sound and Video at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2003. He is also a fine arts degree holder who majors in digital film-making at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in 2009.

His breakthrough work came with his short film, Wet Season (2009), which won 4 international film festival awards and an official selection at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, 2009. Michael’s later short film, Respirator (2009), has also premiered at the 14th Pusan Film Festival in 2009 and he was also part of the AFA programme that year where his script “An Encounter in the Woods” has been selected to be made under the mentorship of Malaysian film maker, Ho Yuhang, and the Dean, Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

His award winning short film “Wet Season” is also included in a DVD release of “Singapore Shorts Vol. 2”. The short films in the anthology are curated by the Asian Film Archive and can be purchased at HMV and Books Kinokuniya. Or here.

Skills/ Knowledge

Screenwriting. Videography. Cinematography. Directing. Video editing. Compositing. Stop-motion animation. Film theory.

Awards and Achievements:

For “Wet Season”

25th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2009 –  Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award

12th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary & Short Films, 2008, Egypt – Best Film Prize in the Competition of Experimental Films.

3rd Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival, 2008, Indonesia – Best Short Film

21st Singapore International Film Festival, 2008, Singapore – Special Jury Prize

For “Mu Gui Ying”

Best of Film Category at the Crowbar Awards 2008, Singapore

Gold Award Winner for the Experimental Category at Crowbar Awards 2008, Singapore


Sundance International Film Festival, 2009 – Official Selection

14th Pusan International Film Festival, 2009 – Official Selection

28th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, 2008, Hawaii – Official Selection

4th InDPanda International Short Film Festival, 2008, Hong Kong – Selected for Screening

5th Singapore Short Cuts, 2008, Singapore – Selected for Screening


Michael Tay

email: gutburst@gmail.com


One Response to “ABOUT ME”

  1. Well your blog very colorful, didnt read much bcos of my workplace block most of the thing. If you wan me take pic of u do let me know. hehhe

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