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Sinema Media Announces ‘The Inciting Incident’, Its Inaugural Screenplay Challenge

4 December 2019


Sinema Media Announces ‘The Inciting Incident’, Its Inaugural Screenplay Challenge

Sinema Media, a consultancy and project management company focused on film and media initiatives, has announced The Inciting Incident, its inaugural screenplay challenge, in partnership with casting agency Hello Group, acting school Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, publishing house Epigram Books, and online interactive and fundraising platform Premise. Running throughout the year, the competition will be split into four quarters, with each bringing a new genre to challenge participants.  

Contestants are to submit an original screenplay in English for a 3 – 5 minute short film based on the quarterly genre. Submissions will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, narrowing the selections down to 10 finalists and ultimately 3 winners. 

The first quarter of the competition will be open for submissions from 2 January 2020 to 6 February 2020, and the genre for this round will be COMEDY, with a SGD 5 fee per entry.

Winning entries will be determined based on the work’s creativity, form and craft, and producibility. Winners stand to receive cash and product prizes and their works published in a print collection at the end of the competition. Winning screenplays may also have the opportunity to be made into short films.

The Inciting Incident aims to encourage screenwriters to shake off their hesitation, flesh out their stories and put them into the world. We believe that more screenplays will lead to more films being made and will push overall quality, thus growing the industry. The competition’s focus on screenwriting also intends to showcase the emerging talents in this under-recognized and under-appreciated craft.

This aligns with one of Sinema Media’s core missions to promote and advocate the creation of Singaporean stories. This has been Sinema Media’s guiding philosophy in its many projects throughout the years, which include:

2006: Sinema started as a blog, Sinema.SG, to collate information and news on SG independent filmmaking.

2007: The first independent community theatre, Sinema Old School, was opened to showcase SG independent films. Closed in 2012 for good.

2011: Created biannual short film competition ciNE65 for NEXUS.

2013: Took over the 48 Hour Film Project SG in 2013 and ran it till 2017.

2014: Produced four short films adapted from local literature Singapore Writers Festival’s Utter.

2015: For SCAPE 2.0’s revamp, the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) was created together with the new “Media Pillar” for industry development; Sinema ran it for four editions until 2018.

2016: Produced One Hour To Daylight, a feature film adapted from local literature, Singapore Writers Festival’s Utter.

2018: Ran Utter Redux for Singapore Writers Festival, a retrospective of the past Utter editions through the years.

2018: Brought the first batch of selected NYFA winners to Golden Harvest Awards (Taiwan).

2019: Brought the second batch of selected NYFA winners to Golden Harvest Awards (Taiwan) and held the first Golden Harvest Awards Singapore Showcase, bringing Taiwanese short films to Singapore.

Stay tuned for more information in the following weeks on our website (right here!) and our Facebook page.

Contact Details:
Miranda Cardenas