Overview

Singapore’s potential for developing exportable media content is supported by its rich cultural backdrop, inspiring creative output with international appeal. Attesting to this is Singapore’s growing success in the worldwide film industry, with films like A Land Imagined, Shirkers, Pop Aye, Apprentice and A Yellow Bird receiving accolades at acclaimed film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival.

Expanding collaborative efforts between local and international film companies have united resources from co-producing countries, enabling Singapore filmmakers to participate in projects of international standing. International film production and service companies like Lucasfilm have also set up locally to harness our creative expertise and talents.

Part of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) is charged with developing Singapore’s film industry and nurturing filmmaking talent. It is advised by a committee comprising members from the film, arts and cultural community.

Discover more about how the SFC nurtures and supports Singapore filmmakers and film productions in “Programmes and Grants”.

If you are interested to film in Singapore or within the one-north precinct, head over to “Filming in Singapore”.

Programmes

IMDA supports the development, production, marketing of content across various platforms, and talent development through the Industry Grant Schemes.

Applications for Production Assistance (Film) and New Talent Feature Grant are twice a year, while application for Short Film Grant is once a year. Both are via call-for-proposals. More information is available here: 2019 Call-for-Proposals.

Grants

New Talent Feature Grant

The New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG) encourages first and second-time directors to launch their careers in filmmaking by helping them make films for different platforms, including cinemas, film festivals, broadcast, video-on-demand, or online platforms.

Grants

Overseas Participation Grant

The Overseas Participation Grant supports media professionals who have been selected for international programmes and platforms that are designed to develop their skills and projects, and build up their international connections and perspectives.

Programmes / Initiatives

Production Assistance

Production Assistance provides funding for productions with original IPs that highlight Singapore talent in credited roles, and infuse data and/or digital technologies into content for distribution on new and/or digital platforms.

Grants

Short Film Grant

The Singapore Film Commission supports the development and production of short films to encourage budding filmmakers to hone their skills and get a head-start in embarking on their feature film careers. The Short Film Grant provides funding for short films that are digitally made and distributed.

Grants

Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant

The Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant (SCPG) encourages film talent in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region to jointly produce quality stories for the world.

Grants

Talent Assistance (T-Assist)

Talent-Assistance (T-Assist) is an initiative under IMDA’s Media Manpower Plan that aims to strengthen the media capabilities of the local workforce.

Contact

If you have enquiries on the programmes and grants, you may contact the SFC at (65) 6377 3800 or send email to SFC@imda.gov.sg.

Useful Resources

Last updated on: 19 Jun 2019