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Yeo Joon Han - Filmmaking Foundation Graduate

“I hope that my [success] will encourage all Panico members to keep making their films. If an ex-lawyer from Malaysia who took the exact same course back in, I think, 1992, can get to Venice, anything is possible! I'd also like to thank Bob Doyle who, with the other lecturers then, made it feel that anyone can learn filmmaking.” And yes, Bob is still teaching today!

Yeo Joon Han did the Panico Film Foundation course in 1992. Originally from Malaysia, he went back to Kuala Lumpur after the course and became a lawyer for a few years. His first film, a 10-minute short called ‘Adults Only’, won the Short Film Special Mention (Corto Cortissimo) at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in 2006. Joon wrote, directed and produced the film, which also had the singular distinction of being the first fully Malaysian-produced short film (indeed the first Malaysian film of any length or kind) to be officially selected for competition at Venice. It also won Best Short Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2006 and has gone on to screen at many other festivals worldwide. Joon then made another short, ‘Girl in a Soap Bubble’ in 2006, which premiered at the Clermont Ferrand short film festival, before tackling his first feature project.

In 2008 his first feature film, 'Sell Out!' (Amok Films), received its world premiere in competition at the 65th Venice Film Festival and won the Alternative Vision Award (Premio Altre Visioni) in the International Critics’ Week Young Cinema Award section (Premio Arca Cinemagiovani). 'Sell Out!' has also screened at the Vancouver, Pusan and Bangkok Film Festivals.

Visit Joon's IMDB page here.

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