The Singapore film industry looks poised for bigger things, with the implementation of five new Grant Schemes in late-2011 and the introduction of the New Talent Feature Grant last month by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). Asia Image speaks to the regulatory board and several production houses located in the city-state, on what this means for the country’s filmmaking sector.

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The past year has been a watershed one for Singaporemade films at the local box office. The top five films, which included Kelvin Tong’s It’s a Great Great World, Gilbert Chan’s 23:59 and Michelle Chong’s Already Famous, cumulatively grossed approximately S$7.6 million at the box office. In comparison, the top five films of 2010 grossed close to S$2.7 million, representing a 64 percent attendance increase.

Things are also looking rosy on the noncommercial front. Singapore-made films have been making their imprint on the international film market in the last ten years, winning top accolades at renowned film festival circuits around the world. Directors Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong and Royston Tan, have steadily gained global recognition for groundbreaking films such as My Magic, nominated for the highly prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Eating Air, a nominee of the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; and 15, which won Tan a Best Director Award at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.

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