February 15, 2011
Singapore – Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) has opened its third call-for-proposals under its International Film Fund (IFF) and is looking to co-invest in globally marketable films involving at least one Singapore partner. What’s more, completed films could premiere globally at ScreenSingapore, the week-long international cinema event comprising a trade show, conferences, master classes, a film awards section as well as red carpet gala premieres. ScreenSingapore, hosted by MDA and organised by Singapore Airshow & Events Pte Ltd (SAe), is a platform for Asian content to be marketed to the world and for international films to be released in Asia. Projects selected under the current round of IFF will be announced at the inaugural edition of ScreenSingapore from 5-12 June 2011. They stand a chance to premiere at the event’s future editions, following the lead of BAIT, an IFF-supported project premiering at ScreenSingapore 2012. Another MDA-supported project, Yong Mun Chee’s directorial debut Where the Road Meets the Sun, a recipient of MDA’s New Feature Film Fund in 2008, will see its global premiere at this year’s ScreenSingapore. The IFF was launched in 2009 to encourage Singapore production and postproduction companies to take on executive producer and/or co-producer roles in international film productions, ranging from animation, live-action features and stereoscopic 3D content. The IFF will see MDA co-invest up to S$5 million for each selected project, together with investments from the participating Singapore companies and their international partners. To date, BAIT, The Harvest and Cooktales have been supported under the IFF. BAIT, a stereoscopic 3D thriller about a pack of hungry tiger sharks, has been presold to 24 territories. The film is targeted for release in 2012. The Harvest (working title), a stereoscopic 3D thriller-horror about the misadventures of a group of backpackers, will be produced by Singapore’s Blackmagic Design Films with Australia’s Goalpost Pictures. Cooktales (working title), an epicurean drama set in Singapore, is a coming-of-age tale of an amateur cook who has to deal with the twisted fate of his family. To be directed by Gina Kim (Never Forever), Cooktales is the second collaboration between Bang Singapore and Korea’s CJ Entertainment following Neon Sign. The deadline for submissions for the current IFF call is 4 April 2011.