Chris Chong Chan Fui is a filmmaker and media artist born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo focusing on unconventional stories and experimentation between cinema and visual arts.
Chris is an Asian Scholarship Foundation (Ford Foundation) fellow, and an alumni of Pusan’s Asian Film Academy.
His debut feature, KARAOKE, premiered at the 2009 FESTIVAL DE CANNES’ DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT, and the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival (VISIONS programme). KARAOKE is the first Malaysian feature film invited to Cannes in 14 years. The film has already been invited to Pusan, London, Vienna, Argentina, Sweden, Hong Kong, etc. It was a recent winner of the 2009 American Express Maverick prize of $25,000 in Canada this year for Best Feature film, and the Best Editor prize for Lee Chatametikool at the 2010 Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. THE TOUR will be his upcoming second feature to be shot in his hometown, and was selected for the 2009 CINEMART (IFFR) and at the 2009 Les Cinemas du Sud Pavilion at the 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 ROTTERDAM’s competition, the BERLINALE, and the VIENNALE in 2009.
Most recently in 2010, Chris will be the first Malaysian artist invited to present his artwork, BLOCK B, HIRSHHORN MUSEUM of the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE in Washington D.C. (April-August 2010).
His most recent project was a commissioned audio visual installation, HEAVENHELL, a collaboration with Tokyo-based sound artist 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 on the brothel streets of Koganecho. Other media works presented at the festival include Chantal Ackerman, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Snow.
Chris’ future works will continue to be rooted in infrastructure, public space and sound.