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Eric Khoo's son a finalist at Asia's biggest film festival

Published on Oct 7, 2012 6:00 AM
Teenager Edward Khoo's Late Shift, about an elderly cabby's poignant encounter with a drunk passenger, is one of 13 finalists for best short film. -- PHOTO: ZHAO WEI FILMS

Like father, like son. The eldest son of Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo looks set to follow in his father's footsteps and is off to a spirited start.

Mr Edward Khoo's first short film, Late Shift, had its world premiere to rousing applause at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, Asia's biggest film festival, on Saturday. The 10-minute short is about an elderly taxi driver's poignant encounter with a drunk passenger.

Shortlisted from more than 500 entries from all over Asia, it is one of 13 finalists vying for best short film and a prize of 10 million Korean won (S$10,900) in the festival's Wide Angle section. At 18, Edward is also the youngest in the competition this year.

Festival programmer Cho Young Jung said: "Late Shift is a very mature and well-structured story. But most of all, this young director shows such great potential."

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