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In The Spotlight: Bertrand Lee

Bertrand is a Singapore-based TV commercials director, but he is also known for his evocative short films which have garnered him many prestigious international awards.

Bertrand directed his first short film Trishaw in 2000 while studying at the School of Film and Media Studies in Singapore. The film picked up a National Award, Best Cinematography from Kodak's The Competition 2000.

In 2001, Bertrand embarked on a Director's course at the Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuales de Catalunya in Barcelona, where he directed his next short film La Conquista. La Conquista was screened at Cilect (Association of the World's Major Film schools) 50th Anniversary Festival, where it was named one of the best student films made in its history.

His third film Birthday was the opening film for the short film section of the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2004, and was the only film representing Asia. Since then, it has gone on to screen at more than 50 international festivals and has picked up six awards, the most recent being the Jameson Best Asian Short Film Award at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2005. Birthday has also been screened at multiple international film festivals including the Stockholm International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was one of the eight short films featured as part of a special selection of made-in-Singapore films at Cannes Film Festival's Tous les Cinémas du Monde this year.

Last January, whilst on a filming assignment in Mumbai, India, Bertrand was involved in a serious road accident and had to have his left leg amputated. He has spent the last 15 months recovering from the accident, and will probably need another year to recover completely.

The mobifilm that will be featured on the Mobile FilmMakers 2006 Awards website ( as part of the mobile filmmaker's gallery is his first project since the accident. He has not taken any photos of himself since the accident.

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