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December 8, 2021

Call for entries - Singapore International Film Festival Film Fund for 2022

Recipient of Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) - Quen Wong’s “Some Women” Film Still

The 32nd Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) concluded on Sunday night after 11 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and talent development programmes that celebrated the continuity of film and storytelling in Singapore and beyond. With over 100 film titles from more than 40 countries that were screened across 7 theatres, including a special live music showcase for the Singapore Panorama feature film Scene UnSeen, completed by the late Abdul Nizam and Friends, this The Singapore International Film Festival is offering two Film Grants for Southeast Asian film projects next year, applications open 1 December 2021.

Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is pleased to announce that applications for the annual Film Fund will open from today, 1 December 2021 and close 1 February 2022. Dedicated to supporting filmmakers with compelling stories to tell, both the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation - SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) and the SGIFF Southeast Asian - Short Film Grant were both introduced in 2018 to support the development of inspiring and thought-provoking films within the region.

The grants have been immensely successful, producing projects that have received recognition at established film festivals all around the world. One of the recipients of the inaugural SEA-DOC, Aswang, by Filipino director Alyx Ayn Arumpac, has won the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2019 and the prestigious Amnesty International Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2020. Similarly, Binh, by Vietnamese director Ostin Fam, was selected to have its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2020 and received top honours for the SeaShorts Award in 2021.

The 32nd edition of SGIFF includes selections from two of the past SEA-DOC Grant recipients: Some Women by Quen Wong, and Worship by Uruphong Raksasad; tickets have sold out for both films. “The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF SEA-DOC grant gave Some Women the crucial boost we needed when we had just started to work on it,” says Quen Wong, director of Some Women. “I’m so grateful for the support of the SGIFF Film Fund, especially since Some Women is my debut feature documentary. I trust it will open doors for other Southeast Asian filmmakers too.”

Tan Ean Kiam Foundation - SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant

The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation - SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) is awarded to four mid-length or feature projects annually, and champions important and compelling stories told through the art of documentary filmmaking in the region. The grant has been made possible by the support of the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation for the past four years.

Since 2020, the grant has extended its support to include post-production projects. The grant now supports two production projects with a cash amount of S$30,000 and two post-production projects with a cash amount of S$20,000 per recipient.

“We recognise that the pandemic has brought about additional challenges to filmmaking and we hope to extend further support to the region’s documentary filmmakers so that they can continue to share their unique stories to audiences. Our belief remains that films provide illuminating perspectives, provoke necessary dialogue and serve as a compelling medium that inspires people to make a difference in our complex world,” said Tan Keng Leck, Vice Chairman of the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation.

SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant

Supported by C47 Investment and White Light Post, the SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) aims to fund the brightest upcoming names in filmmaking. After the addition of two SEA-SHORTS grants last year, the total number of SEA-SHORTS grants awarded by SGIFF now stands at four. Each recipient will receive a cash amount of S$4,000 and post-production support worth S$4,000. The grant is open to all genres including drama, animation, and experimental short films.

Application Details

Interested parties may submit their applications from today, 1 December 2021 until 1 February 2022. Application and submission guidelines are available at

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Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest- running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends.

With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and culture exchanges in the art of filming. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit

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Tan Ean Kiam Foundation

The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation was set up by Singapore pioneer, Tan Ean Kiam. For the last 64 years, it has dedicated its mission to the nurturing of local art and culture, and giving the gift of education, particularly for those in-need. By giving to the SEA-DOC Grant, the Foundation hopes to encourage and support more local and SEA documentary filmmakers, especially those who are capturing and sharing the unique stories of Singapore and its region.

C47 Investment

C47 Investment is a content investment company based in Singapore and South Korea. Established in 2017, C47 Investment has invested in the development and production of over a dozen Korean-language TV and Film projects. In 2020, C47 Investment began investing in content outside Korea, starting with an Indonesian feature film scheduled for release in late 2020.

C47 Investment also sponsored various creative contests in Korea to discover new talent and is a proud sponsor of the SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant. C47 Investment plans to widen its presence as a valuable investment partner to talented creators all across Asia. For more information, please visit

White Light Post

Founded in 2010, White Light Post is Thailand’s first boutique digital film lab. As filmmakers ourselves, we treat every film as if it is our own. Our mission is to tailor post-production solutions for filmmakers across Asia. We believe the alchemy of art, color and science is the secret to amazing post-production.

White Light actively supports filmmakers and sponsors post-production awards at the Hong-Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), the Purin Pictures Film Fund, and the Singapore International Film Festival’s SEA-Shorts Grant. White Light has supported films from a wide range of countries, including Thailand, China, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, which have screened in leading film festivals like Berlin, Busan, Toronto, Singapore and many more.

White Light’s founders include award-winning DoP, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Call Me By Your Name, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), and award-winning Editor, Lee Chatametikool (Apprentice, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Shutter). For more information, please visit

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