What is it

Infocomm Media Development Authority is planning to partner the British Film Institute (BFI) to create more avenues for local media talent to access international networks and learn global best practices.

BFI is planning to develop and run three bespoke training programmes to meet the demand of our local media industry. These programmes are planned to run in 2020.
  1. Producers’ Mentorship Programme
    The Producers’ Mentorship Programme will give local producers the chance to learn all aspects of film production over a two-week course in Singapore. This will be followed with a six-month mentorship by UK film producers who will guide the participants on their project and career development. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the BFI London Film Festival, where they will undergo industry placements and benefit from exposure to international networks.

  2. Pinewood Film Production Masterclass
    The 10-day immersive experience will give participants exclusive access to live sets and productions that offer insights into the preparation and shooting of films at a professional level. Up to 20 local media students will be exposed to a range of roles and career paths across the film, TV and media industry. Held at the prestigious Pinewood studios in Iver Heath (UK), home to some of the world’s biggest films and television series such as the James Bond and Star Wars franchises, the course concludes with the shooting of a film using the skills learned. The first run will be held from 9 to 20 December 2019.

  3. Digital Masterclass for Marcomms Professionals
    Targeted at professionals working in the field of marketing, brand and communications, this illustrated masterclass will lay out the A to Z of filmmaking essentials from kit requirements, camera movement, editing process and understanding music rights. Participants will be equipped with the necessary vocabulary and skillset to create content for business social media accounts or longer-form promotional materials. Conducted in Singapore, there will be two different masterclasses which comprises of a two-day course, and a five-day course.
From 30th August to 2nd September, BFI will be conducting a few teaser programmes and masterclasses:

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About British Film Institute (BFI)

Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) supports, nurtures and promotes the art of film, television and the moving image. A charity, funded by the UK Government, it is at the heart of the fast growing screen industries, protecting the past and shaping their future across the UK. Specifically, the BFI:

  • Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
  • Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world;
  • Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers; and
  • Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally.

About Story Lab

IMDA-BFI Programmes is part of IMDA’s Story Lab initiative which aims to nurture storytelling and intellectual property (IP) creation skills. It supports the development of original story concepts for compelling content across various media platforms, genres and languages. Story Lab programmes are targeted at media professionals in both media and non-media sectors, and grooming the talent pipeline in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

One of the key Story Lab programmes is WritersLab, organised by LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) since 2017. WritersLab is an intensive scriptwriting programme which aims to push the boundaries of scriptwriting and storytelling for television and online platforms. Other Story Lab programmes include the inaugural Pitch Fest organised by Screenwriters Association (Singapore), as well as Visual Storytelling Masterclass with acclaimed documentary cinematographer Iris Ng, in partnership with the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals (SAMPP).