Singapore’s growing success in the worldwide film industry attests to this, with homegrown films such as Ilo Ilo, Tatsumi, Sandcastle, HERE and My Magic selected for, and receiving accolades, at acclaimed film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Pusan 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 notable co-production is Singapore and Australia’s first official film under the Australia-Singapore co-production agreement, BAIT. This film showcases Singapore’s technical capabilities in stereoscopic 3D technology.
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 SGFilm Channel was launched in February 2013 as part of the Watch Local initiative, to allow easy access to Singapore short films and trailers of upcoming local releases.
Year 2012 also saw a record of 12 local films hitting the big screen in Singapore, bringing the total box-office takings to S$12 million, an increase of 32 per cent from 2011. Singapore also continues to have one of the largest exhibition sectors in this part of the world with operators such as Golden Village, Shaw Organisation and Cathay offering more than 200 cinema screens1.
International film production and service companies such as Double Negative Visual Effects and 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.
1;Source: 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