Joel Soh

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Joel Soh hails from a small coastal town in Terengganu, Malaysia. His passion for filmmaking and achievements in creative arts from a young age led him to being awarded a scholarship from the country’s largest media broadcast company - Astro. Following that, Joel graduated from Emerson College, Boston, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in filmmaking and minor in philosophy.

Upon his return to Malaysia, Joel joined Astro Shaw, where he worked on over 10 feature films in various capacities, including on Malaysian blockbuster hits such as The Journey and Ola Bola. In 2015, Joel wrote and produced the feature film Polis Evo. The film earned RM18 million in the box office, which was then the highest grossing Malaysian film of all time.

In 2016, following the success of Polis Evo, Joel co-founded Blackflag Sdn Bhd and was appointed as its General Manager. He then began producing, writing and directing Blackflag's first feature film Polis Evo 2. This second instalment in the franchise was released in 2018 and surpassed its predecessor at the Malaysian box office by earning a total of RM 24 million. The Polis Evo franchise is to date one of the highest grossing film franchises in Malaysian cinema history.

Kyle Goonting

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Kyle Goonting earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, with a major in Film and Media Studies. He is also the recipient of the Astro Scholarship Award, which was given out by Malaysia’s leading broadcast company Astro.

Prior to Blackflag, Kyle worked at the film studio, Astro Shaw. There, he managed the studio’s film development slate, working on a wide range of films with partners that included local film production companies, animation houses and regional producers such as HBO Asia.

Kyle has, to date, worked in the capacity of content developer, creative producer, co-writer, script consultant and script editor for more than 10 feature films. He is also the co-writer of Polis Evo as well as co-writer and creative producer of Polis Evo 2 - two blockbuster hits that make up one of the highest grossing Malaysian film franchises of all time.

In 2016, Kyle co-founded Blackflag Sdn. Bhd. and was appointed as its Creative Director.

David Lin

Co-Founder and Finance Director

David Lin is an entrepreneur who specialises in venture capital and deal structuring. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from Marquette University, Wisconsin.

David previously worked as an equities analyst in a fund management company. This was followed by his role as an investment manager in principal-led private equity companies, focused on venture capital and asset acquisitions. David has managed, among others, investment portfolios of more than RM250 million across various industries, and countries such as the Singapore, UK and Australia.

In 2016, David co-founded Blackflag and has since served as its Finance Director.