Born in South Korea, Stephen Kang moved to NZ as a teenager and studied at Elam School of Fine Arts. His first feature, Korean emigre down under tale {Dream} Preserved, was judged NZ Screen best digital feature for 2006. In 2011 Kang's Blue — the tale of a fallen TV mascot — won best short film in the Critics’ Week section at Cannes. Kang’s second feature Desert opened in NZ cinemas in May 2011.

I think it's every filmmaker's dream to get invited to Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) in their lifetime. So when I found out the news, it was so surreal. Stephen Kang