Tough to survive as a filmmaker: Anthony Chen

December 3, 2013 2:20 PM

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Tough to survive as a filmmaker: Anthony Chen

Award-winning director Anthony Chen said while Ilo Ilo's success has not translated into immediate financial rewards, he hopes he can start to live off his film-making career in the next few years.

SINGAPORE: Award-winning director Anthony Chen said while Ilo Ilo's success has not translated into immediate financial rewards, he hopes he can start to live off his film-making career in the next few years.

Chen told reporters he's working on his next two films already, but it may be about two years before the next film is out as he does not want to rush it.

He added it may be easier to get funding and the cast he wants, including signing on popular actors, but the challenges and pressures of making a movie is still huge.

”I always had to think, 'Do I have money to top up my EZ Link card?’ ‘Can I swipe my card?' I'm 29 years of age and I don't have a credit card. I can't apply for a credit card. My income doesn't allow me to apply for a credit card, which is great. I'm never in credit debt."

Chen said this shortly after arriving in Singapore from the Philippines where he was attending his movie's Manila premiere.

Organisers also held a charity premiere in the province of Ilo Ilo on December 1 where proceeds would go towards relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Meanwhile, Chen said he will not be disappointed “Ilo Ilo” does not get nominated for the Oscars.

He added Singapore has sent in a number of movies for the Oscars but none have been nominated yet.

The film recently won four Golden Horses in Taipei, including 'Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival, Chen said he has not had a chance to think about the recent awards as he's been busy travelling for the film.

He said, "I feel like the film is moving a little bit too fast for me. I'm trying to catch up. I haven't really been thinking about all that. For me it's about where is the next place, which is the next interview. It's just been a very, very crazy and hectic past few months".

Chen also spoke about meeting and speaking with acclaimed directors such as Ang Lee and Tsai Ming-Liang.

He was also happy to see the rewards and recognition of the hard work put in by his entire crew.

Source: channelnewsasia.com

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