​​Singapore is proving to be a fertile ground for developing exportable media content. Its rich cultural backdrop acts as a kaleidoscope of inspiration, fuelling creative output with international appeal.

​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 betwe​en 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 Featur​​e 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 sa​w 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.

Internatio​nal 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, s​aw 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​

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​​​​​SFC was formed in 1998 and is part of the Media Development Authority (MDA) since 2003. The SFC is made up of an advisory committee comprising 18 members from the film, arts and cultural community, and is supported by a Secretariat within the MDA. 

The SFC has, over the years, supported more than 500 short films, scripts, feature films, as well as film-related events in Singapore that showcase homegrown talent and works. Some notable films by new and upcoming filmmakers include Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen), 881 (Royston Tan), Sandcastle (Boo Junfeng), and Where the Road Meets the Sun (Yong Mun Chee).

Please click here​ for the full list of current S​​FC Advisory Committee members.

​Film Catalogue​

​Films from 1930s to 1980s

From Cathay-Keris to Shaw Brothers, Singapore’s early films were created when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements. Directors such as P. Ramlee and Hussein Haniff made their mark on the Singapore cinema heritage through to the 1960s, with iconic films such as “They Call Her Cleopatra Wong” made in the 1970s.

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​​Films from 1990s to 2006​

A revival of filmmaking took off in the early 1990s starting with “Medium Rare” and “Mee Pok Man”, followed by an average of five to eight films released every year. Major studios and production houses like MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, J Team Productions and Zhaowei Films produced numerous films that were playing to international screens and also co-produced with regional partners.

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​Films from 2007 to 2008​

A sprouting of new production houses and activity in feature filmmaking was proven by the release of 15 films in commercial theatres in 2007 and 17 in 2008. This does not include more than 20 films produced every year by independent filmmakers, ranging from documentaries to arthouse material, which continue to receive critical acclaim at international film festivals.

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​Short films supported by the SFC​​​

M​any filmmakers, including Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong and Tan Pin Pin, began their careers in filmmaking with short films. Over the past decade, many young Singapore talents have been making fascinating short films that enjoyed international success, winning awards at prestigious festivals such as Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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Facts & Figures

With acknowledgement to “Latent Images – Film in Singapore” by Jan Uhde and Yvonne Ng Uhde (Second Edition, 2010), as well as the Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association.

Film Community

The Arts House

Asian Film Archive

National Library Board

National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque

Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking / Objectifs Films

Screenwriters Association (Singapore)

Singapore Film Society

Singapore International Film Festival

Sinema.SG

The Substation

Contact the SFC

​Singapore Film Commission
Media Development Authority
3 Fusionopolis Way
#16-22 Symbiosis
Singapore 138633

​Tel: (65) 63773 800
Fax: (65) 65773 888
E-mail: SFC@mda.gov.sg

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