Yasmin Ahmad’s 58th Birthday

yasmin ahmad

Yasmin Ahmad (7 January 1958 – 25 July 2009) was a film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads for Petronas, the national oil and gas company. Her works have won multiple awards both within Malaysia and internationally. However in Malaysia itself, her films are highly controversial since they depict events and relationships seen as forbidden by social conservatives, especially hard-line interpretations of Islam.



  • Rabun (My Failing Eyesight) (2003)


Commercials and Short Films

  • Petronas TV Commercial (for Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali & National Day)
  • Yuzy (2000) Petronas Road Safety Campaign
  • Vas Dentures (2000) Celcom
  • Tan Hong Ming In Love (2007) Petronas Merdeka Day commercial
  • Family (2008) for the Singaporean Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
  • Funeral (2009) for the Singaporean Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
  • Chocolate (2009) for 15Malaysia (released posthumously 19 Aug 2009)

Awards and nominations

  • Malaysia Video Awards for Best Director (1999) – Forgiving Petronas commercial
  • Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia’s Golden Kancil Award for Best Advertising Agency (1999/2000)
  • Malaysia Video Awards silver award for Best Scriptwriting (2000)Yuzy Petronas Road Safety Campaign
  • Malaysia Video Awards bronze award for Best Scriptwriting (2000)Vas Dentures Celcom
  • Malaysian Film Festival awards for Most Original Story and Best Film (2005) Sepet
  • 18th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Asian Film Award (2005) Sepet
  • Malaysia Film Festival awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film (2006) Gubra
  • Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2008 Gold Winner for Petronas advertisement Tan Hong Ming In Love
  • Malaysia Film Festival awards for Best Director (2009)Talentime
  • Berlin International Film Festival International Jury of Generation Kplus – Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for Best Feature Film and Generation Kplus Children’s Jury Awards – Special Mention (2007) Mukhsin
  • 54th Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Director (2010) Muallaf (The Convert)