SGIFF Film Fund

SGIFF offers two film grants for Southeast Asian film projects. These grants are dedicated to supporting filmmakers with compelling stories to tell across both fiction and non-fiction genres.

Submissions for the grants in the 2022 cycle are now closed.

For enquiries, please contact film.academy@sgiff.com.

Southeast Asian Documentary Grant

The Tan Ean Kiam Foundaion-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary (SEA-DOC) Grant supports the production and post-production of documentaries in Southeast Asia which tell engaging, urgent stories.

The SEA-DOC Grant is supported by:

Selection Committee: SEA-DOC

Cíntia Gil

Born in Portugal, Cíntia Gil studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School and holds a degree in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto, where she has also taught seminars on aesthetics. From 2012 to 2019, Cíntia Gil served as co-director and then director of Doclisboa, Portugal’s most important and steadily expanding documentary film festival. From 2019 to 2021, she was the director of Sheffield DocFest.

Gil has curated a variety of contemporary and historical film series, retrospectives, and exhibitions. In addition, she has been a member of the executive Board of Apordoc–Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association since 2015. She has also served on juries in international film festivals, such as Berlinale, Cairo Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Jerusalem Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Taiwan IDF, FidMarseille, Seville European Film Festival, DokuFest, among many others.

Lulu Ratna

Born in Jakarta, Lulu Ratna graduated from the University of Indonesia in 1997 with a degree in Anthropology and obtained a master’s degree in Urban Arts and Creative Industry from the Jakarta Institute of Arts in 2020. She started working in the Indonesian music scene before embarking on a career as a short documentary filmmaker from 2003 to 2005. She worked as a film festival organiser for several festivals, like Jakarta International Film Festival in 1999, Indonesia Independent Film-Video Festival from 2000 to 2002, and Europe on Screen from 2007 to 2011.

After organising film events with the Goethe-Institut Indonesien, she became the Assistant Manager of DocNet Southeast Asia, where she also served as Managing Director and Co-Programmer of ChopShots Documentary Film Festival Southeast Asia in 2012 and 2014. She was a Film Committee member with the Jakarta Arts Council from 2016 to 2019 and has been invited as a jury member for several film festivals since 2003. Most recently, she was one of the Program Advisors for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2021.

She currently sees herself as a short film activist with the Boemboe Organisation and a film festival activist with the Coordination for Film Festival in Indonesia. She is also a film lecturer at the Art and Design Faculty of the Multimedia Nusantara University.

Lynn Lee

Lynn is a Singaporean documentary filmmaker and journalist. Together with her co-director, James Leong, she spent the last two decades making films across Asia. Passabe (2004) received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Homeless FC (2006) won the top prize at the Chinese Documentary Festival. Aki Ra’s Boys (2006) screened at Yamagata and won the Encyclopedia Award at the Almaty International Film Festival. The Great North Korean Picture Show (2012) premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals all over the world.

It was also theatrically released in Japan. Wukan (2015) premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and was awarded Best Feature at the Freedom Film Festival, the Chinese Documentary Festival and Chop Shots Film Festival. It also won First Prize at the Human Rights Press Awards and received a special mention at the Dubai International Film Festival. Lynn is currently working on If We Burn, a documentary about the 2019 Hong Kong protests. A work-in-progress screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Next Award at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in 2020. The film is supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

Southeast Asian Short Film Grant

The SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film (SEA-SHORTS) Grant aims to be a launchpad for the brightest upcoming names in filmmaking from the region.

The grant supports four short films annually, each with a cash amount of S$4,000 and post-production support worth S$4,000.

The SEA-SHORTS Grant is supported by:

Selection Committee : SEA-SHORTS

Anucha Boonyawatana

Born in 1981 in the Nakhon Phanom province of Thailand, Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai trans-woman film director. Her first feature film, The Blue Hour (2015), had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and received awards from Fantasia International Film Festival and FEST International Film Festival. Her second feature film, Malila: the Farewell Flower (2017), is a visual poem of the life of a gay couple with influences from traditional Thai Bai Sri art and dark Buddhist spiritualism. Malila won the Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan International Film Festival and received the Best Director award from both the Singapore International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Kerala. It went on to win the Artistic Achievement award from LA Outfest, and was also nominated for Best New Director and Best Actor at the Asian Film Award. Malila was selected as the Thai entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Ed Lejano

Ed Lejano is the Festival Director of QCinema International Film Festival and also heads the Quezon City Film Development Commission. A senior faculty of the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI), he teaches screenwriting and directing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He completed his Main Broadcast Communication in UP, as well as a diploma course in Filmmaking from New York University in 1996. He was also the Program Director of the International Academy of Film & TV from 2008 to 2009, Vice President for CILECT-Asia Pacific from 2009 to 2012, and Director of UPFI from 2012 to 2015. He is currently a board member of the Director’s Guild of the Philippines. He also serves as the vice president of NETPAC, where he has been a jury member in various international film festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Singapore and Tallinn. As a writer and director, he has 4 feature films to his credit, including QWERTY (2012) and Swipe (2017). He is also the co-producer of some of QCinema’s recent features, such as, Women of the Weeping River (2016), Cleaners (2019) and Babae At Baril (2019).

Laurence Boyce

Laurence Boyce was born in Leeds, UK and began his career in 1999 as a programmer and moderator for the Leeds International Film Festival. He relocated to Tallinn, Estonia in 2010 and works for the Black Nights Film Festival, an A-List festival. He holds two positions, being both the programmer for the festival’s main competitions and the head of programme for PÖFF Shorts, the short film section of the festival. He is also an award winning film journalist who has written for numerous publications, amongst them Screen International and Cineuropa. He is a member of FIPRESCI, the London Critics Circle, the European Film Academy and BAFTA. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Short Film Conference, a network of short film organisations from across the globe.