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New Talent Feature Grant

last updated 25 January 2017

Singapore Film Commission (SFC) ​provides funding for directors to produce their first or second feature films.

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The New Talent Feature Grant encourages first and second-time directors to launch their careers in feature filmmaking, by helping them ma​ke films for different platforms such as cinemas, film festivals, or broadcast

 

These films can be of a variety of genres, including films with artistic and cultural value, documentaries, festival-oriented works, and films in non-English languages.

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

The New Talent Feature Grant is open to Singapore-registered business entities with Media listed as Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) code. The director of the film must be a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident.

If you would like to find out if your company is listed in the Media SSIC code, enter your SSIC code here.

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Grants go towards supporting the production of feature length content no less than 70 minutes, and must be delivered in the following formats: 35mm, DCP, HDCam, and other digital formats.

Depending on the film’s technical and creative requirements, SFC will support up to S$250,000 or 100% of the project’s production budget (whichever is lower). At least 40% of the grant must be Qualifying Expenses.

#Qualifying Expenses refer to a project’s expenditure on the cost items incurred in Singapore or on Singaporeans (regardless of residence/location) or Singapore Permanent Residents (based in Singapore).

This includes third-party costs incurred and paid directly to a Singapore business entity or Singaporeans overseas. Any goods and/or services supplied by a Singapore business entity must be substantially supplied, performed or value-added in Singapore.

The qualifying cost items captured under Qualifying Expenses include:

  • Manpower / talents

  • Professional fees / services

  • Hardware / software

  • Intellectual property licensing

  • Equipment rental

  • Location rental

  • Master print / tapes

  • Legal fees

  • Art/set department

  • Travel and accommodation costs

  • Ground transport

  • Project financing (e.g. insurance, completion bond)

Proposals shall be assessed on the following criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Capability of applicant and proposed team

  • Strength of content/concept

  • Distribution and marketing potential

  • Benefits to Singapore​

Please refer to the announcement made on 16 Jan 2017 and the New Talent Feature Grant application guidelines.

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.