After three consecutive years as Presenting Sponsor to the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Marina Bay Sands reinforced its commitment to help nurture a vibrant Singapore film industry by welcoming SGIFF onboard as its newest designated charity in 2017.

The integrated resort has rolled out “In Conversation With” sessions, featuring renowned film practitioners, creating opportunities for budding film critics and writers under SGIFF’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme to learn from industry experts such as filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and actor Adrian Grenier.

This year, we will introduce the Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF: Youth Film Project where two aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to try their hand at co-producing and co-directing a short documentary on the 2017 Sands for Singapore Charity Festival.

The Youth Film Project takes place from August to September 2017. 


• The chance to develop and produce a short film documentary project that will be showcased on both MBS and SGIFF social media platforms.
• Both selected participants will work collaboratively on the production of the film project, from its conceptualisation to completion.
• Completed film will be 3 minutes to 8 minutes in duration.
• Participants will be presenting the treatment of the proposed film project to the MBS Visual Media Department, and production will only commence with the department’s approval.
• An immersive work experience that will offer participants an intimate look at the daily operations of the MBS Visual Media Department.
• A working environment where leadership, collaboration and creativity will be expected.
• Close mentorship and guidance by the MBS Visual Media Department throughout the development of the film project.
• Access to in-house film equipment and post-production facilities.
Basic transportation and F&B will be covered by MBS during the course of engagement.


  • Submission Fees & Eligibility

  • Submission Fees: None.
  • Eligibility:
    • Singapore nationality or residence.
    • Currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution or recent graduates of not more than 2 years.
    • Basic proficiency and experience in filmmaking that encompasses pre-production, production and post-production processes.
    • Have completed at least one short film.
  • Deadline

    • Applications should reach us by Monday, 31 July 2017, 6.00pm (GMT+8).
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
    • Applications are to be emailed to programme [email protected].
  • Required Supporting Documents

    • Video reel or short film (online links preferred).
    • Statement of Interest (500 words or less).
    • Proposed Film Project Treatment (500 words of less).
    • Proof of enrolment in a post-secondary educational institution.
  • Selected Participants

    • SGIFF will inform successful applicants of the selection results by 7 August 2017.
    • SGIFF does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
    • Once selected, the applicant must confirm that they will commit to the programme schedule.
    • Workshops and meetings will be conducted in English; English proficiency is essential in order to participate.
    • Participants agree that the produced film may be published on SGIFF and MBS related online communication platforms.
  • Intellectual Property

    • Ownership of completed film will be shared among MBS, SGIFF and both participants.
    • Story IP will be shared by both participants.
    • MBS and SGIFF will retain the right to broadcast and screen the completed film for up to 2 years upon completion.
    • Clearance of appearance for all subjects and locations, and the licenses to utilise any form of copyrighted materials (music, video footage etc.) music must be obtained by participants with guidance from MBS.


Thank you for your interest in MBS x SGIFF: Youth Film Project. Submission for 2017 is now closed.
If you have any enquiries on the programme, write to us at [email protected]