Matthew Tan

Role: Film Maker/Screen Writer/Artist

Matthew Tan is a Malaysian documentary and narrative filmmaker based between Abu Dhabi and New York. Influenced by a third-culture upbringing, making films wherever he goes is his way of learning about different places. He strives to create films that are at once human, visually affecting, and exploring of under-represented socio-cultural perspectives. Matthew’s latest documentary short, La Lucha (2019), has been selected to premiere on Film Shortage as a daily short pick, and received a highest recommendation at the Asia South East Short Film Festival. His long-term goal is to bring the stories of the Middle East and Southeast Asia to the international stage, which are the two regions he most strongly considers to be home. Matthew ultimately believes strongly in the power of film as a creative tool to inspire and create change for social good, and is always on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate across the world.

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