November 29, 2020

Call for entries – Singapore International Film Festival opens film grant applications for 2021

Grants for film projects offered at the post-production stage for the first time.

Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has announced that applications for two major film grants, the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation – SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) and the SGIFF Southeast Asian Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) for 2021 are open from 1 Dec 2020.

The two grants, housed under the SGIFF Film Fund, was introduced in 2018 to support the development of inspiring and thought-provoking films within the Southeast Asian filmmaking landscape. Over the years the SGIFF Film Fund has served as a career launchpad for aspiring filmmakers from all across the region, including countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.


Sponsored by The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation, the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation – SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) grant supports the production and post production of engaging stories told through the art of documentary filmmaking in Southeast Asia.

In 2021, the grant will not only support projects at the developmental stage but also at the post-production stage.

The grant will also support four mid-length feature documentaries – two production projects with a cash amount of S$30,000 and two post-production projects with a cash amount of S$20,000 awarded to each recipient.


Supported by C47 Investment and White Light Post, the SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) aims to be a launch pad for the brightest upcoming names in filmmaking from the region.

In 2021, four SEA-SHORTS grants will be distributed instead of two, each with a cash amount of S$4,000 and post production support of S$4,000 per film. The grant is open to all genres including drama, animation, and experimental short films.

SEA-SHORTS will support four short films this year, with a cash amount of S$4,000 and post-production support worth S$4,000 for each film. Applications are open for all genres including drama, animation and experimental short films.

2020 SGIFF Panel Discussions and Screenings

At this year’s SGIFF, screenings from three previous grant recipients for short film (Binh, Judy Free and Nursery Rhymes) and three supported documentaries (Aswang, Ploy and Citizen Hustler) will be held, together with panel discussions that explore Southeast Asian Identities through Documentary.

Application Details

Interested parties may submit their applications from Tuesday, 1st of December 2020. Application and submission guidelines are available at For more information about the Singapore International Film Festival, please visit Follow us on Facebook @sginternationalfilmfestival and on Instagram @SGIFFest


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 organized by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organization with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status.

For more information, please visit Follow us on Instagram @SGIFFest and on Facebook @sginternationalfilmfestival.

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 SEA-DOC, 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. 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. We have 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

Follow White Light on Instagram @whitelightpost and on Facebook @whitelightpost.

Kelly Phua
Marketing Manager, SGIFF
M: +65 8163 3680

Trisha Lim
Senior PR Specialisr
M: +65 9732 5164