The Team behind
Remi M Sali and Ho Pak Kin are the co-founders of Studio59 Concepts. Constantly evolving, we are a concept house at its core, bringing passionate people together to turn radical groundbreaking ideas into completed projects. We value the professionals we work with as our creative associates and partners. All stakeholders are empowered to take ownership and together, we elevate each and every project to its full potential.
Remi M Sali
Director / Writer
Remi M Sali has more than 20 years of experience creating long and short works, ranging from music videos to movie features. He is known for pushing boundaries when creating Malay content. His portrayal of Malays on-screen has universal appeal, and his works provide Malays with a rare platform to showcase their individuality rarely seen in mainstream media.
Pre-millennium, he passionately contributed to the budding Singapore film scene together with his long-time collaborator Dzul Sungit. Their short film eddy was a Special Jury Prize co-winner at Singapore International Film Festival 1994. They proceeded to win the Best Director Award for their short film INfluence a year later. In 1998, they made their first feature movie OffCentre, an adaptation of the acclaimed play from one of Singapore's most successful theatre companies, The Necessary Stage.
Remi was an award-winning trailer producer with Singapore's national broadcaster before he returned to his first love: directing. Effectively bilingual in English and Malay, and currently learning Mandarin, he has directed popular dramas, telemovies, info-ed programmes and art series for local television. He was a nominee for Best Director Award at Pesta Perdana 2015 for the telemovie Abah.
Remi has helped propel non-actors into the limelight and directed popular food-related shows such as Cinta Kek, Delicatessen and Masak Mini for Mediacorp Suria.
His experience in the industry was evident when he was invited to be one of the mentors for AKSI! (2018). The joint production between Singapore Mediacorp Suria and Radio Television Brunei featured him leading a team of aspiring filmmakers to produce a short film. He was also on the judging panel for “My Singapore New Norm” Micro Film Competition 2022, jointly held by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Lianhe Zaobao.
Remi's fervour for telling inclusive stories of race, language and religion resonates in his latest independent films - Konpaku (2019) and Not My Mother's Baking (2020). He is currently working on two other feature films. One is Chimalindinsin, about an Indian, a Malay and Chinese ghost catchers who are out to catch an elusive mythical spirit in Singapore. Another is DKSG, about a group of Chinese-Christian choir boys who join the national Malay Dikir Barat competition. He is also working on several projects that focus on interfaith concerns, which includes a talk show, A Matter of Taste.
Ho Pak Kin
Economics & Finance lecturer turned media entrepreneur Ho Pak Kin shares his wealth of experience managing the team, having an extensive background working in Australia and New Zealand.
Pak Kin manages the finances and leads the business development team at Studio59 Concepts, which he co-founded with Remi M Sali. He inspires the team to constantly evolve with the ever-changing digital media landscape and creates visionary new ways to fund and deliver original content to current and new audiences.
Pak Kin’s first film project is a community-led and independently produced documentary, Different Shades of Pink (2001), which provides an intimate and in-depth look at cross-cultural love and stereotypes in Sydney.
His second independent film project, Konpaku (2019) was produced on a micro-budget, had its World Premiere at the Udine Far East Film Festival 2019 and went on to grace the screens at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2019 and Cambodia International Film Festival 2020.
Pak Kin’s third independent film project, Not My Mother’s Baking (2020) was much more ambitious in its vision and scope. Yet, it was still successfully produced with a very limited budget and funding support from multiple corporate sponsors in cash and in-kind. The movie is a provocative social commentary and made waves with the World Premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival 2020 and the International Premiere at Poland’s Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 2020. The film was picked up by Filmgarde Cineplexes and Cineplex Development Company for theatrical distribution in Singapore and Taiwan, respectively. The movie won the Religions Through Women’s Eyes Award and was nominated for the New Gazes Award at the Italian Religion Today Film Festival 2021. It was also one of the four finalists for Best Feature Drama at the 3rd Muslim Film Festival 2021 in Australia.
Apart from films, Pak Kin recently produced an award-winning travelogue series Ole Ole Temasya (2014–2016). Spanning two seasons, the popular series was much talked about. The 1st season showcases 8 festivals in 8 different Asian countries. The team outdid themselves with the 2nd season and did the impossible with the same limited budget, this time covering 8 festivals across 8 different European countries.
Pak Kin’s fervour for telling inclusive stories celebrating diversity resonates in all his current and upcoming projects.