Southeast Asian Short Film Grant

The SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) aims to be the launch pad for the brightest upcoming names in filmmaking from the region. SEA-SHORTS will support two short films annually, with a cash amount of S$4,000 and post-production support worth S$4,000 each. Applications are open for all genres including drama, animation and experimental short films.



Judy Free by Che Tagyamon (Philippines)
A father who has been abroad for work for eight years intrudes upon his young daughter Judy when he comes home to the Philippines as an animated doodle figure.


Binh by Ostin Fam (Vietnam)
Lost in the heart of a half built temple, a young boy, Binh, looks for his father who works there as an electrical engineer. A local self-proclaimed fortune-teller shows him the way.


*Nursery Rhymes by Michael Kam (Singapore)
Set during different times before its independence, when Singapore belonged to Britain and Japan, two different children each struggle to conform in two different yet similarly oppressive environments.
*Special Mention Prize awarded by White Light Studio Co.,Ltd



Meiske Taurisia is a producer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She produced Edwin’s Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008), Postcards from the Zoo (2012), Someone’s Wife in the Boat of Someone’s Husband (2013), Posesif (2017), Aruna & Her Palate (2018) among others. In 2016, she founded Palari Films together with film producer Muhammad Zaidy, to advocate unique and accessible films that appeal to both the Indonesian and international market.


Wee Li Lin is one of Singapore’s pioneer female filmmakers. She has made numerous short films and two feature films, as well as telemovies and commercials. Her films have travelled to prestigious festivals and won several awards locally and internationally. In 2018, Wee was commissioned to direct Singapore’s National Day music video We are Singapore, an instant sensation. She also teaches film studies at various tertiary institutions around Singapore.


Yuni Hadi is a film producer and curator known for her promotion of Singapore cinema. She specializes in the management of film & media projects, and oversees the film programme at Objectifs. Her career began in the visual arts and she has since worked as Senior Programme Manager (Film) at The Substation and Commissioning Editor at Mediacorp TV12. She also co-founded Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin in 2003. In 2008-2009, she headed the Singapore International Film Festival as Festival Director. Yuni was a Co-Producer of Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo (winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and winner of four Golden Horse Awards including Best Feature Film). She rejoined the film festival as Executive Director in 2014. In 2010 she was recognised as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in Female Magazine and in 2014 as one of Singapore Women’s Weekly “Great Women of Our Time” in 2014. Yuni was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship 2016 and selected as the 2016 United Technologies Corporation Fellow. She holds an M.A in Arts Management from Lasalle College of the Arts.


Submission Fees: None.
• Applicant must be a producer and/or director of the film, director of the film must be of Southeast Asian descent and citizen.
• Film must be shot in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia will be defined as Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
• Applicants must have made a previous short film.
• Projects must not have started production at the time of grant application.
• Film project must not be longer than 25 minutes.
• All genres including drama, animation, documentary and experimental films are accepted.
• All applications must be done in English. All final films must include English subtitles.

• Grants will be disbursed in 3 parts
I. SG$3,000 upon submission of final script and production schedule;
II. Post production service package valued at SG$ 4,000 upon the end of principal photography;
III. SG$1,000 upon submission of completed film.
• The short film must be completed within 12 months of awarded grant (dated on letter).
• SGIFF to have Asian premiere of the completed short film.
• The post production service package valued at SG$ 4,000, the package is non-transferable and must be redeemed at White Light’s facility in Bangkok.
• Applicants will coordinate the post production schedule with White Light Studio Co., Ltd within 12 months of awarded grant (dated on letter).
• For complete terms of and conditions, please read the Submission Guidelines.

• A short film-length screenplay is a work of fiction or non-fiction that serves as the blueprint for a film that is below or equals 25 minutes in length including opening and end credits.
• A director’s statement outlines the director’s intent and story of a project in a manner more personal than the script and may include details of directorial style.
• An estimated production budget states how much it will cost to make a project from development through to completion. The budget should reflect the expected expenses incurred in all the different departments, including but not limited to actor’s fees, equipment rental, art department, location expenses, and post

• All entries must be complete. Submissions should reach us no later than Thursday, 31 January 2020, 6.00pm (GMT+8). Update: In lieu of the festivities, the deadline for the grants has been extended to 14 February 2020.
• Any submission received after the deadline will not be accepted.
• Only 2 short films will be selected. All decisions are final.

• The SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant only accepts a secure online link of the portfolio work being submitted.
• Films in any other language other than English must have English subtitles.

• The SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant will notify successful applicants of the selection results by May 2020.
• The SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of a project.
• Once a project is selected, the applicant will not be able to withdraw the project from the SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant.
• Ownership of the short film produced with the SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant will belong solely to the applicant.
• Recipients must indicate SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant support in any subsequent project materials, by displaying the SGIFF SEA-Shorts Grant logo in the completed short films.


31 January 2020 14 February 2020 Call for Submissions End
May 2020 Results Announced