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Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen, paralympian and scientist among this year's Singapore Youth Award recipients

Published on Jul 6, 2014 4:31 PM

SINGAPORE - Film-maker Anthony Chen, who directed the award-winning movie Ilo Ilo, was among six outstanding individuals who received the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Ngee Ann Polytechnic film graduate was recognised for his achievements in film making and outstanding contribution to Singapore cinema. Ilo Ilo, which tells the story of a Singaporean family and their live-in maid, won accolades at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan and the Cannes Film Festival. It was also the third-highest grossing local film last year, with earnings of over $1.2 million.

The other SYA winners this year are: mountaineer Jane Lee, 30; Timbre Group's co-founder Edward Chia, 29; paralympian Nurulasyiqah Taha, 29; oncologist and clinician scientist Iain Tan, 35, and Dr Kumaran Rasappan, 30.

Ms Lee, a management consultant, is the first South-east Asian woman to successfully climb "The Seven Summits" - the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents. Ms Nurul, who has spinal muscular atrophy, did Singapore proud by winning two gold medals in Boccia at this year's 7th Asean Para Games. Mr Chia's Timbre Group, meanwhile, provides a platform for young local artistes to showcase their talents. 

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