b. 1991, Singapore

M.F.A Film & TV Production, USC
LL.B. (Hons) Law, Durham

Available for hire

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Vivian Ip is an award-winning filmmaker and recovering lawyer from Singapore. She graduated from the University of Southern California in the Film and Television Production MFA program and is a BAFTA Newcomer

Her filmmaking practice is centered on exploring the human condition, as well as bringing authentic and underrepresented voices to the forefront. She aspires to capture intimate moments and universal truths with a cinematic edge.

Her directorial debut An Island Drifts was the inaugural grant recipient of the ARRI Support and Education (ARRIse) Program and is available on Omeleto after screening at Urbanworld, Dances with Films, SeriesFest, Catalina, Diversity in Cannes, amongst others. The film won Best Director and Best Drama at the USC First Look Awards, and Best Film at the Cine Gear Expo Film Series.

In addition, she developed her feature Ashes of the Summer Heat in the Cine Qua Non Storylines Lab. She also produced the Student Academy Award-nominated narrative film Headlock

Most recently, she made her first documentary short The Smart Diver under the auspices of the Red Bull and Ghetto Film School Establishing Shot Filmmakers Launchpad. Her second narrative short At the Water’s Edge played at the San Diego International Comic Convention and will soon be available on Film Shortage.

Currently, she is in pre-production for her next narrative short Bobo in Bliss supported by Singapore’s IMDA short-form grant.

She also holds a Bachelor of Laws LLB from Durham University. While she is licensed to practice law only in Singapore and California, she hopes to make films anywhere and everywhere.

American Cinematographer — Madrid’s CLIMAX Returns: A Compelling Exhibition of Human Resilience

ARRI Asia — Interview with Vivian Ip and Shyan Tan of An Island Drifts

Film ThreatAn Island Drifts Review: “brilliantly extracts the emotions and feelings from subtle performances”

Indie Shorts Magazine — An Island Drifts Review: “impossible guilt And relentless isolation in gut-wrenching drama”

Omeleto — An Island Drifts Review: “sensitive, beautifully crafted and yet unflinching in its honesty”

Screen Daily — BAFTA expands Newcomers Initiative

Short Films Matter — An Island Drifts Review: “poignant drama that explores the ripple effect of societal pressure”

Television Business International — SeriesFest unveils shortlist for international independent pilot competition

Variety — Urbanworld Film Festival Announces 25th Anniversary Slate