Film-maker Han Fengyu did not just win Best Fiction, the top prize, at the 6th Singapore Short Film Awards on Sunday for his work, Last Trip Home.
He also won high praise and a lofty comparison with Singapore's most distinguished film-maker yet, Anthony Chen, whose 2013 feature Ilo Ilo won the Golden Horse Best Film and the Camera d'Or in Cannes for the best debut feature film.
One of the judges, Singapore Film Society vice-chairman David Lee, said: "Han's working methods seem rather similar to Chen's - he has a very clear idea of what he wants and the film's tone, acting and cinematography are very well controlled and consistent."
Last Trip Home is a poignant 26- minute work about the relationship between a father and son, who are both Chinese immigrants.
At The Substation Theatre on Sunday night, Han, 23, won a $5,000 post- production package from Infinite Studios, $1,000 worth of legal services from Samuel Seow Law Corporation and a $500 cash prize given by the same firm.
The graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's film, sound and video course later told Life! he felt he could have exerted less control over the filming. "Perhaps I could have liberated myself and my cameraman more.
"I probably did not have to insist on doing one shot for one scene, for example," said Han, who is in national service.
He is planning to complete a feature film by 2017. It will be about love among three characters and will explore the idea of committing to a relationship, even when the going gets tough.
Among other winners, Alvin Lee's more than 20-minute-long Hokkien film Bon Voyage, a work about his relationship with his grandmother, bagged the Best Director and Best Sound awards. As Best Director, he received a $5,000 post-production package, $1,000 worth of legal services and a $500 cash prize.