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Film Mentorship Initiative

last updated 03 November 2017

SFC also funds the cost of fees, travel and accommodation for media professionals in the film sector who have already gained admission into a renown​ed international film project lab.

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The Film Mentorship Initiative aims to support Singapore film talents who have been selected and invited to participate at key ​international film project labs overseas, with the objective to learn from experts and hone their skills.​


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 such as film directing, producing, writing, etc.

The Film Mentorship Initiative is undertaken by Singapore Film Commission (SFC), which is part of the IMDA. An overview of the grant application process can be found here.​

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents with a good track record in relevant roles/capacities in the film sector. Applicants must already have gained admission into a renowned film project lab.

SFC will support up to $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 project lab

  • Film project lab participation fees​
  • Please review the Film Mentorship Initiative application guidelines  before submitting the funding application.​​

  • Funding Ap​​plication must be made via the Online Grant Management System (OGMS).

  • Funding dec​ision will be made and conveyed to the applicant within eight (8) weeks of receipt of completed application form with relevant supporting documents, to the satisfaction of SFC.

  • For successful application, a Letter of Offer will be prepared and issued via OGMS. The applicant will need to formally accept the offer through OGMS by the date stipulated in OGMS. 

  • ​Letter of Offer n​eeds to be accepted through OGMS before milestone claim can be made. ​

If you are interested to know more about IMDA’s grant schemes, please contact us via our Online Feedback Form.

What is the definition of Related-Party?

The following definitions are to be adopted in the context of IMDA media schemes:

A. Individual to Individual

An individual is related to another individual if he or she is:

  • A spouse of the individual; or
  • A child of the individual or that of the individual’s spouse; or 
  • A dependant of the individual or the individual’s spouse. Dependants are defined as any parent, spouse or child (legally adopted or illegitimate) living with him/her and/or receiving financial contribution from him/her for living expenses or as source of income.

B. Individual to Entity

An individual is related to an entity if:

  • The individual, or any of the related persons defined as above, has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the entity.

C. Entity to Entity

An entity is related to another entity if:

  • One entity has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the other entity.

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.