The Media Development Authority has in place since 2011 new industry funding schemes to support the local media industry.
Funding support pertaining to script development, production of short films/trailer etc is under the Development Assistance Scheme. For production of feature films, you may wish to take a look at the Production Assistance Scheme or New Talent Feature Grant. Marketing assistance and talent assistance schemes are also open to filmmakers and film production companies.
Information on all funding schemes can be found on www.mda.gov.sg/schemes. For queries, please email MDA_Schemes@mda.gov.sg.
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Film Mentorship Initiative
The Film Mentorship Initiative subsidises the fees, travel and accommodation costs of Singaporeans or Permanent Residents who have already gained admission into a renowned international film project lab. A film project lab is typically defined as a programme or course specifically created to further the development of an individual’s skill sets or project in the areas of film directing, producing, writing, etc. Applicants must have a good track record in relevant roles/capacities in the film sector and have already gained admission into a renowned film project lab. SFC will support up to S$20,000 or 100% of the applicant’s proposed budget, whichever is lower. Qualifying items consist of: return economy airfare, accommodation for duration of film lab and lab participation fees. Please download the guidelines and application form via this link.
New Talent Feature Grant
Budding filmmakers can now apply for the New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG), the Singapore Film Commission’s (SFC) latest initiative to help directors launch their first or second feature-length films! Films can span a variety of genres, including films with artistic and cultural value, festival-oriented works, documentaries and films in non-English languages. Apart from films made for theatrical release, the NTFG can also be awarded to films meant for broadcast, i.e. telemovies. The NTFG will support up to $250, 000 or 100% of the production budget, whichever is lower. The 2013 Call for Proposals will be announced shortly. Information can be found at www.mda.gov.sg/schemes.