TK CHENG

About TK CHENG

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CHENG Thim Kian is a Malaysian Chinese film director, screenwriter, and producer. His directorial efforts include Salary (2016), Baeu, Baeu (2018), Men without Women Looking for Bananafish, Girl Without Cat Telling Her Story (2016) and Hikikomori (2014), have been screened at international festivals included Busan International Short Film Festival, Minikino Film Week, Seashorts Film Festival, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and etc.

His latest short film, BEE, My Friend, was make its world premiere at Osaka Asian Film Festival in 2020 and competed for Housen Short Film Award, continuing its festival run at Minikino Film Week 2020, Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival 2021 and Mini Film Fesitval 2021. And his micro short film, When the Cricket Sounds, also competed for Short Short Film Category in FIRST International Film Festival XINING 2020.

Thim Kian has been selected for the Kyoto Filmmaker Lab (2015) and the Asian Film Academy (2016); held in high regard for the latter, he was awarded with the Dongseo University Scholarship Fund. And the following 3 years he back to AFA as Technical Assistant. In 2018, he is one of four directors selected for the Golden Horse Film Academy. Most recently, Thim Kian is one of only 33 filmmakers selected from across Asia for the 2021 International Film Business Academy of Busan Asian Film School (AFiS), and continue enrol to the AFiS Intensive Course in Busan. Recently, Thim Kian just attended Fantastic Film School at Bucheon International Film Festival.

Thim Kian also is a filmmaker who works mostly as line producer and assistant director. Most recently, he co-produced for a feature film, STONE TURTLE (dir by WOO Ming Jin) has its world premiere and won FIPRESCI award in Locarno International Film Festival 2022.

Beside director WOO, Thim Kian working experiences with internationally acclaimed Malaysian directors included but not limited to Edmund YEO, CHONG Keat Aun and James LEE as well as foreigner director like Yukisada Isao. He involved with few projects that went to few film festivals around the world. Notably films directed by Edmund Yeo, MALU (2020), AQERAT (2017); The Story of Southern Islet (2020, dir by Chong Keat Aun); Two Sisters (2019, dir James Lee); Fly by Night (2018, dir Zahir Omar); Pigeon (2016, dir Isao Yukisada, Segment from Asian Three-Fold Mirror project); Second Life of Thieves (2014, dir Woo Ming Jin).

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