Starting his career at Medicorp’s TVC arm, Derrick Lui moved on to MTV Asia, directing various on-air promos, and artist image spots. Wanting to try different drama and documentary genres, he left to freelance as a director/writer.
Derrick’s 2nd film, Colours, screened at more than 40 festivals worldwide and won awards in Australia and Asia. His poetic short, When Night Fa11s, secured a Special Mention at the I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival, the only Asian film that was awarded in Milan.
In 2015, Derrick completed his independent feature film, 1400. Starring Mediacorp artistes Desmond Tan and Xu Yahui, 1400 had its World Premiere at the prestigious Festival des Films du Monde, and won Best Feature Film in Sydney’s flEXiff 2015 and Maverick Movie Awards in Los Angeles. In 2016, Derrick was invited to join the Jury of Reel Sydney Festival of World Cinema. Collectively, his films have screened at numerous festivals including London, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Iran, New York, Pusan, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Milan.