Over the weekend, Ilo Ilo passed the $1 million mark at the local box office.
Even though he had won top accolades at the Cannes Film Festival and most recently at the Golden Horse Awards, nothing has changed for director Anthony Chen and his bank account.
He told The New Paper last month that he had only $120 to his name. And now?
"Unfortunately, it has not changed my financials, I have no equity in the film," the Singaporean film-maker, 29, told The New Paper at Tuesday's ASEAN Film Festival screening of Ilo Ilo here.
"I don't even want to check how much I have."
The film, which follows the relationship between a Singaporean family and their Filipino maid, was shot on a $700,000 budget. It was funded by the Singapore Film Commission, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and private investors.
"I think the film is going to go into profit, but I'm not going to see a single cent of it," said Chen, who has not collected his $20,000 fee for the film yet, as the producers work on paying other cast and crew first.
"Everyone's made a big deal about this but that's the life of a film-maker here," he said.
Still, he loves the perks associated with the film. He said: "Whichever festival that brings me over pays for my flights, my hotel, my meals. I feel richer when I'm travelling. In Singapore, I still have to think about my expenses, my bills, everything else."
After picking up the Camera d'Or in Cannes in May, he took home four Golden Horse Awards trophies two weekends ago.
"I'm not getting enough sleep, and I think I'm going to lose my voice too," he said, after back-to-back interviews with local and foreign press this week.