22 Nov – There's a new accolade for Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann to add to her lengthy list of awards she's won over the years.
Just yesterday, at the opening of the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the actress received the Inspiring Woman in Film Award, presented by Swarovski.
Yeo is named the recipient of the award this year for her outstanding career across the mediums of film, television and theatre.
This is the third time for the award to be presented at the film festival, since its inaugural introduction in 2017, during which it was accepted by Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze. Last year, it was awarded to Chinese actress Luna Kwok.
Aside from that, Yeo might take home yet another award from another film festival, namely the Golden Horse Awards, in which she will be competing in the Best Leading Actress category.
The nomination is for her starring role in the Anthony Chen-helmed "Wet Season", which is the opening film of this year's SGIFF.
Of course, Yeo isn't the only talent making Malaysia proud at SGIFF, as movie producer Amir Muhammad is also part of the jury panel for the Asian Feature Films in Competition section.
"Soul", the second movie produced by his new company, Kuman Pictures, is making its world premiere at SGIFF under the Midnight Mayhem section, as one of the three Malaysian indie titles that are selected for the film festival this year.
The movie, directed by Emir Azwan, focuses on rural Malaysian mysticism and follows a single mother who tells her children stories of spirits and spirit hunters when they bring home a young girl caked in clay.
The other two Malaysian titles are "The Tree Remembers" by Lau Kek-Huat, which explores the Orang Asli's dwindling rights and the 1969 racial riots, and "Lanny" by Chuah Jie Xie, a tale of a young girl who has to relocate to the city to live with her estranged parents following her grandmother's death.
SGIFF 2019 runs from today until 1 December across multiple venues, including Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Oldham Theatre, The Projector, Filmgarde Bugis+, Golden Village Grand and Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking.
(Photo source: Bonnie Yap | 30th SGIFF)