Founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Wijaya and Lai Weijie, E&W Films is dedicated to working with visionary writers and directors to create forceful sensorial works that challenge and resonate with audiences. Taking an active role in project development and valuing long-term collaborations, feature films include POP AYE by Kirsten Tan, Taste by Lê Bảo, and Mongrel by Chiang Wei Liang.
Elizabeth Wijaya is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Cinema with the Department of Visual Studies, at the University of Toronto. She was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. For her dissertation research, she was awarded the Taiwan Fellowship, Lee Teng Hui Fellowship in World Affairs with East Asia Focus, Milton L. Barnett Scholarship, and Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.
She is working on her book manuscript Luminous Flesh: The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Trans-Chinese Cinema. Her first feature film, I Have Loved (2011), co-directed with Lai Weijie, premiered in the Asian New Talents competition of the Shanghai International Film Festival. She volunteers for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore and Toronto. In 2010 he co-founded E&W Films, a Singapore-based film development and production company, the producer of POP AYE (2017) by Kirsten Tan which received awards at Sundance, Rotterdam, and Zurich, Taste (2021) by Lê Bảo, that received the Special Jury Award in the Encounters section of the Berlinale, and co-producer of Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (2021), winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno.
Upcoming projects include CNC Development Award recipient Mongrel by Chiang Wei Liang, developed at the Cannes Residence, Talents Tokyo, and TorinoFilmLab ScriptLab. Weijie has several years of experience as a senior programmer formerly at the Singapore International Film Festival, developing its film academy and overseeing its Asian selection. He has served on the selection committee for several fund bodies.
I Have Loved
- Asian Feature Film Competition, Singapore International Film Festival
- Asian New Talent Awards, Shanghai International Film Festival
- In Competition, Asian Pacific Screen Awards
What does it mean to declare or even whisper: I have loved?
In Siem Reap, a young woman, haunted by loss, mourning, melancholia and the imperfections of memory, dances with two men–one of whom she is married to, while the other is engaged to be married.
- Written & Directed by
- Elizabeth Wijaya, Lai Weijie
- Tan Bee Thiam, Elizabeth Wijaya, Lai Weijie
- Director of Photography
- Eugene Koh
- Production Designer
- Laetitia Gangotena
- Azharr Rudin
- Supervising Sound Editor
- Edwin Wijaya