Chris Chong Chan Fui is an artist who experiments with the moving image.
His debut feature, KARAOKE, premiered at the 2009 FESTIVAL DE CANNES’ DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT, and subsequently to Toronto, Busan, London, Vienna, Argentina, Sweden, Hong Kong, etc. It was the winner of the 2009 American Express Maverick prize of $25,000 in Canada for Best Feature film, and the Best Editor prize for Lee Chatametikool at the 2010 Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. THE TOUR, Chris' upcoming second feature to be shot in Borneo Malaysia, was awarded the Busan's Asian Cinema Fund and selected for CINEMART (IFFR) and the Les Cinemas du Sud Pavilion (Cannes Film Market.)
Chris’ experimental work BLOCK B won the top short film prizes at Toronto (second year in a row) and Mar Del Plata in 2008, as well as invitations to IFFR’s competition, the Berlinale, and the Viennale in 2009.
In 2010, Chris was invited to present BLOCK B at the HIRSHHORN MUSEUM, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, in Washington D.C, and subsequently acquired into the Smithsonian's permanent collection.
Shortly after, as part of his artist residency at Koganecho Bazaar in Yokohama, Chris was commissioned to create an audio visual installation, HEAVENHELL, a collaboration with sound designer, Yasuhiro Morinaga, and launched at the International Festival of Arts & Media Yokohama, Japan. The project is based on A. Kurosawa’s High and Low (1963) and commissioned by the NPO Koganecho Area Management Centre.
Chris is an Asian Scholarship Foundation / Ford Foundation fellow, and an alumni of Busan Int'l Film Festival’s Asian Film Academy. As part of the Board, Chris has joined the BORNEO ECO FILM FESTIVAL held annually in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. The festival's focus is on indigenous and local community filmmaking in rural/urban Borneo.
In 2013, Chris will be showing his new BOTANIC series at the Singapore Biennale.
© Tanjung Aru Pictures 2013