If you are a filmmaker (Singaporean or non-Singaporean), you have made a short or feature film and you want to show/share with the community, let us know!
Please read the following FAQ:
How long should my film be?
No fixed duration.
What submission format should I send my film in?
To submit for consideration, you may send your film to us in DVD or use third-party upload platforms e.g. www.wetransfer.com. Please note that Sinema shall not be held responsible for files that are uploaded onto third-party platforms.
What documents / info do I have to submit together with my film?
A production notes or info sheet on your film, which has to include Title, Running Time, Language, Synopsis, Genre, MDA rating (if any), Director’s bio, and previous local or international screenings.
Who do I submit my film to?
For consideration, please email to gv[at]sinema[dot]sg or submit a preview DVD to:
Sinema Media Pte Ltd
136 Joo Seng Road
#04-02 Singapore 368360
Attn: Film Programmer
What if I don’t have a rating/classification for my film?
Does it have to be rated to be screened?
Yes all films have the be rated or we can’t screen them. You can submit for classification if your film(s) are selected.
How do I obtain rating/classification for my film?
Head over to MDA Online Services, scroll to the bottom and click on Submission of Master Videos (‘A’).
Alternatively, Sinema can submit the film for classification on your behalf, but there will be an additional admin fee of $42.80 (excluding the MDA classification fee). Prices are inclusive of GST. To find out how we can help you here, head on over to our Film Classifications Page.
How much will it cost to get my film rated?
MDA’s charges are $40.00 per half hour block, and $0.80 for the certification (exclusive of tax).
How long does it take for my film to get its rating?
Approximately 8 weeks.
What topic / subject matter should my film depict?
Anything that catches your fancy. It would probably be easier to discuss what your film should NOT depict. Nothing with a political agenda, nothing that promotes racism or discrimination of any sort, basically nothing that might disrupt the multi-cultural fabric of our society. Sinema reserves the right to not screen the film you submit if we feel it falls into any of the above.
Will I get paid if my film is screened?
Short films tend to be screened complimentary to encourage audience participation.
As far as possible, if it is commercial or ticketed, we will allocate a budget for your films.
Do I have to pay Sinema to screen my film?
Not at this moment.
What happens if my film gets selected?
You will be notified via email or phone. The director (or producer should the director be unavailable) of the film will also have to be present for a Q&A post-screening session afterwards.
What copyright matters do I have to be aware of in order for my film to be screened?
You need to own the copyrights to your film, strictly no use of copyrighted music or footage unless you have the appropriate releases.
How many screenings will my film get if it is selected?
It depends. If your film has an exceptionally good response, we may choose to bring it back again, but you will definitely be informed of that beforehand.
Must my film be shot in Singapore or my cast and crew be entirely Singaporeans in order to qualify?
You may be a Singaporean filmmaker with a film shot anywhere, or if you are a foreign filmmaker, your film should ideally feature local talents, or be shot in Singapore.
All foreign filmmakers are welcome to submit your feature or short films to be screened in Singapore.
* If you have further questions that we didn’t answer in this FAQ, feel free to email them to gv[at]sinema[dot]sg.