ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Starting his career at Medicorp’s TVC arm in 2000, Derrick moved on to MTV Asia as a producer, writing and executing scripts for on-air promos, directing artist image spots in Singapore and the Philippines. He was also cameraman for variety programmes, MTV Asia Awards auditions and post-ceremony videos backstage.
Wanting to try different drama and documentary genres, he left MTV to freelance as a director/writer. His long list of works range from award winning short films to documentaries such as “The Medical Alphabet” for Channel News Asia, magazine/travelogue series “Flavours” for Mediaworks, to various dramas for Health Promotion Board and other corporate clients.
In 2007, his film, Colours, won 'Best Film' at Australia's Auburn Int'l Film Festival for Youth and ‘Gold Award’ at Chinh Film Festival in India. Colours has also been a finalist at Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival, Short Soup Film Festival, and Japan's Short Shorts Film Festival. All in, it has been selected and screened at more than 35 film festivals around the world.
In 2009, Derrick directed a music video, “Rented Happiness”, that has been in competition at Sacramento Film & Music Festival WinterFEST in Califonia, and GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos in New York. It also won ‘Best Music Video’ Award there.
In 2010, a fruitful year resulted in his documentary, “S”, being in competition at Raindance Film Festival in London, featured in Asiaticafilmmediale’s official selection in Rome (a showcase of Asia’s best films/directors), and was a finalist at Shanghai Film Festival in Shanghai.
In 2011, his latest short film, "When Night Fa11s", a poetic monologue of love, screened at Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin, and won the prestigious ‘Merit Award’ at I’ve Seen Films Festival in Milan, where famous Dutch actor Rutger Hauer personally handed the award to him. It went on to win 'Best Film', 'Best Director' and 'Best Editor' at International Movie Awards in Jakarta!
A multi award winning Director, Derrick has spent the past years, travelling to various film festivals in the world, promoting film, the Singapore Film Industry, giving talks and involved in International discussion forums with esteemed filmakers.