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ATF ’18: Singapore to launch regional copro fund in 2019

Singapore’s minister for communications and information S. Iswaran has unveiled plans to bolster the country’s media production industry through grants, partnerships, and creative hubs. Iswaran (pictured) was speaking as part of ...
December 6, 2018

Singapore’s minister for communications and information S. Iswaran has unveiled plans to bolster the country’s media production industry through grants, partnerships, and creative hubs.

Iswaran (pictured) was speaking as part of ScreenSingapore’s Asia Television Forum yesterday (Dec. 5).

He pointed to the “Made-with-Singapore” content strategy to foster regional collaborations. The Southeast Asia (S.E.A) Co-production Grant, which launches next year, will encourage collaborations between Singaporean creative producers and Southeast Asian filmmaking talent. The grant offers up to SGD$250,000 (US$183,000) per project.

Meanwhile, the Public Service Media (PSM) Digital Partnership Fund, established by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), will facilitate the sale of Singapore stories to digital platforms.

Singapore will also offer professional development opportunities, such as the Facebook Creator Lab, a one-year partnership with the social media giant to teach local content creators about audience analytics, monetization opportunities and content creation for Facebook’s latest platforms.

Additionally, the Skills Framework for Media, jointly developed by IMDA, Skills Future Singapore and Workforce Singapore (WSG), will provide guidance on new skills in demand and career progression for over 100 different jobs within the industry.

“There are exciting opportunities offered in the media industry because of the confluence of technological shifts, business and industry consolidation and restructuring, as well as the heightened interest in Asian content,” said Iswaran, in his speech, republished on the Ministry of Communications and Information website. “What we need to do in order to seize these opportunities in full is to ensure that we are facilitating greater collaboration in content creation, both within Singapore and across the region.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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