Lei Yuan Bin is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2012 by the National Arts Council, Singapore’s highest award for young arts practitioners.
His directorial debut, WHITE DAYS, has been praised by film scholar, Professor Gilbert Yeoh to be “one of the rare films in Singapore cinema that invites the viewer to rethink the aesthetics of cinema.”
03-FLATS, his sophomore feature was a collaboration with the National University of Singapore's Architecture department. It was selected for documentary competition at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and won the Best ASEAN Documentary prize at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival. Film critic John Lui hailed the film as “an absorbing, almost hypnotically arresting treatise".
FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY, his third feature, was co-directed with Tan Bee Thiam. The film is an adaptation of the acclaimed play by Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan, featuring the cinematography of Christopher Doyle. The film world premiered in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015.
His fourth feature, TUITION, was awarded the Busan Asian Cinema Fund in 2015 for script development.
In 2016, he is selected for the Berlinale Talents at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Lei’s works have been presented to international audiences in Berlin, Rome, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and more. In Singapore, EQ Music and Media distributes his films; internationally, Alexander Street Press distributes them.
Lei was mentored by film maestro Hou Hsiao-Hsien at the Busan Asian Film Academy 2008 and worked on Tsai Ming Liang's 9th feature film FACE in 2009.
2016 An Autumn Afternoon
2015 Fundamentally Happy
2009 White Days