The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian-Documentary Grant (SEADOC) aims to support the development and production of compelling stories told through the art of documentary in Southeast Asia. SEA-DOC will support four mid-length or feature projects annually, with a cash amount of S$25,000 each.


Entry Fees: None

• Applicant must be a producer and/or director of the documentary, director of the documentary must
be of Southeast Asian descent and citizen.
• Documentary must be shot in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia will be defined as Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
• Applicants must have at least made two previous short films.
• Documentary projects within these lengths are eligible to apply:
I. Medium length films (40-59 minutes duration including credits)
II. Feature films (films over 60 minutes)
• All applications must be done in English. All final films must include English subtitles.

• Grants will be disbursed in 2 parts – SG$15,000 upon submission of final treatment and production schedule; SG$10,000 upon submission of completed film.

• If recipients are unable to complete principal photography within 18 months of signing the agreement, the agreement will be terminated and no pending instalments on the funding will be paid. SGIFF reserves the right to find a replacement project from the applications submitted.

• Applications to include:
I. Director’s biography including headshot (1 page)
II. Producer’s biography including headshot (1 page)
III. Synopsis (1 page)
IV. Treatment
V. Director’s statement (2 pages)
VI. Proposed Timeline
VII. Detailed budget
VIII. Finance plan (to state funding procured if any)
IX. Recommendation letter (1 page)
X. Links to previous works (at least one feature; two short films or two episodes of series. Documentary work is encouraged.)

• SGIFF to have Asian premiere of the completed documentary film.
• Recipients to attend SGIFF/lunch hosted by the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation and SGIFF.

• A treatment outlines the project in a manner more detailed than the synopsis and reads like a short story, told in the present tense and describing events as they happen and may include details of directorial style.
• An estimated production budget states how much it will cost to make a project from development through to completion. The budget should reflect the expected expenses incurred in all the different departments, including but not limited to actor’s fees, equipment rental, art department, location expenses, and post production. This should reflect what the project should cost to make, not what you want it to cost.
• A finance plan explains where the budget of a project comes from. The financing can be from sources such as film grants, private investors, sponsors, product placement, a film studio, entertainment company or even out-of-pocket funds. This should indicate how much of the entire budget is secured and how much more is needed.

• All entries must be complete. Submissions should reach us no later than Thursday, 31 January 2019, 6.00pm (GMT+8).
• Any submission received after the deadline will not be accepted.
• Only 4 projects will be selected. All decisions are final.

• The Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant only accepts a secure online link of the portfolio work being submitted.
• Films in any other language other than English must have English subtitles.

• The Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant will notify successful applicants of the selection results by July 2019.
• The Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of a project.
• Once a project is selected, the applicant will not be able to withdraw the project from The Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant.
• Ownership of the documentary film produced during with the Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant will belong solely to the applicant.
• Recipients must indicate Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant support in any subsequent project materials, by displaying the Tan Ean Kiam-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant logo in the completed films.