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.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents;

The Director of the Project must meet the following criteria:

  • Has not directed any feature film; and
  • Directed at least one short film that was screened at selected film festivals and/or showcased or competed at any of the events listed here (336.90KB).

The Producer of the Project must meet the following criteria:

  • Has producing experience in short films or feature films

In addition:

  • The Director and Producer must not be involved in any ongoing projects funded by IMDA under the Short Film Grant or its equivalent; and
  • The Project must not be commissioned work or school projects.

What IMDA supports

IMDA will support up to 70%* of Qualifying Costs that are directly linked to the Project, capped at $10,000. The Qualifying Cost Categories are:

  • Manpower
  • Professional Services
  • Equipment (Hardware)
  • Equipment (Software)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Others

*IMDA will assess and determine the final grant amount upon successful application and approval of the project.

How to apply?

Interested applicants can submit their application enquiries via email to or approach an IMDA Industry Officer to discuss their application. Applications are submitted through Calls-for-Proposals (CFP). Please click here for more information on the CFP dates. Eligible applicants will be issued an invitation by an IMDA Industry Officer via the Online Grant Management System (OGMS).

Please download the application guidelines here (340.10KB).

Related-Party Transactions

Related-party transactions are as defined in Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 24. Examples of related parties include (but are not limited to) subsidiaries, associated companies, joint ventures, key management staff and their close family members (e.g. spouse, children, domestic partner, and dependents). The examples cited here are by no means exhaustive. For the purpose of declaring related party transactions in the above, the Individual should seek specific advice from a professional accountant on the interpretation of related parties under Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 24.

If any potential supplier/service provider for the project is a related-party, grant applicants are reminded to make the appropriate declaration to IMDA when submitting their grant application. Do note that any related-party transaction incurred by grant applicants, that had not been declared to IMDA and approved by IMDA, would not be funded.

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Last updated on: 31 May 2019