Singapore: adds Bait to film fund hook

ScreenSingapore, which has its inaugural outing in June, has already selected one title for its 2012 edition, the Australian-shot Bait 3D. The film was produced with assistance from Singapore's Media
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ScreenSingapore, which has its inaugural outing in June, has already selected one title for its 2012 edition, the Australian-shot Bait 3D. The film was produced with assistance from Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) under its International Film Fund, which has just opened its latest worldwide call for proposals.

The fund, basically worth up to S$5 million (NZ$5.2 million) a pop, is designed to encourage Singaporean participation in international projects. NZ has had a co-production treaty with Singapore since 2004, although Peter Burger’s The Tattooist (2007) is the only film made under that arrangement to date.

Regular readers will know that Singapore’s MDA is no slouch when it comes to creating quite substantial funds for work that in various ways benefits the Singaporean industry, often choosing to make announcements at international festivals. The latest call for proposals comes out of Berlin, following earlier announcements during the festival about the commencement of construction on a major studio facility in the city-state.

The festival programme for this year’s ScreenSingapore will feature the world premi?re of Yong
Mun Chee’s directorial debut Where the Road Meets the Sun. The film was supported under another MDA initiative, the New Feature Film Fund back in 2008.

The International Film Fund targets offshore productions which have the capacity to do some of their work in Singapore, be that during production or post.

For filmmakers wanting to know more about the IFF, one of its beneficiaries will be in NZ next week on other business. Keiko Bang (Bang Productions) is co-producing the IFF-funded Cooktales (working title), “an epicurean coming-of-age drama set in Singapore” with Korea’s CJ Entertainment.

Ms Bang will be here for the Documentary Edge Forum 25 – 27 February. The deadline for submissions for the current IFF call is 4 April 2011. The full MDA press release about the IFF call for proposals is here.

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