Singapore’s growing success in the worldwide film industry attests to this, with homegrown films such as
A Yellow Bird,
My Magic selected for, and receiving accolades, at acclaimed film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Busan International Film Festival. View trailers and more details of Singapore-made films at the Singapore Media Gallery.
Collaborative efforts between local and international film companies have been increasing. Co-produced films bring together resources from co-producing countries and help Singapore filmmakers participate in projects of international standing and with potential for global distribution. One recent co-production is
Distance, a Chinese-Thai-Singaporean-Taiwanese anthology drama film executive produced by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Anthony Chen. In addition, Singapore’s breath-taking cityscape was showcased to the world in
Hitman: Agent 47, a Hollywood blockbuster that was partially shot and produced in Singapore, featuring iconic places such as Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the Changi Airport, and the futuristic film
Equals, starring Kirsten Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
The Singapore Film Commission (SFC), which is part of MDA, nurtures, supports and promotes Singapore talent in filmmaking and the production of films. It administers the
New Talent Feature Grant, which supports first and second-time filmmakers in developing feature films, as well as the
Film Mentorship Initiative, which helps filmmakers attend international film project labs overseas, so they can learn from experts and work on their skills. To deepen the appreciation of local films in Singapore, the Watch Local initiative was launched in 2012 to encourage access and appreciation of Singapore short and feature films. Partners of this initiative included
Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque and the
Asian Film Archive.
Singapore also continues to have the highest number of cinema goers per year, with more than 20 million attendees at 218 cinema screens1 operated by major players like Golden Village, Shaw Organisation, Cathay Organisation, and Filmgarde.
International film production and service companies such as Lucasfilm have also set up development studios in Singapore to harness our creative expertise, hiring local talent to work on international projects. For example,
Rango, the computer-animated film which bagged the Oscar for Best Animated Film at Academy Awards 2012, saw over 100 animators from Lucasfilm Singapore working on the film together with their colleagues in San Francisco for 15 months.
1Source: Singapore Film Commission. Information is gathered from various sources including websites, local press, local distributors and producers, and is meant to serve as a guide only