Singapore Funding Behind Two Cannes Films – Variety

Funding from Singaporean government sources is involved in two features debuting at the Cannes Film Festival this month. The third film, „The Breaking Eyes,” was directed by Singapore-born filmmaker Anthony Chen.

Justin Ang, Assistant Chief Executive of Media, Innovation, Communications and Marketing at Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, said, “We are delighted to have such a large number of Made with Singapore films debuting at Cannes this year.

Malaysian production “Tiger Stripes,” which will play in the Critics Week category, and Vietnamese production “Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell,” which will play in the Directors’ Fortnight category, both received cash injections from the Southeast Asian company. A production grant from the 'Media Talent Development Programme’ supported by the Film Authority of Singapore and IMDA.

Content production grants have been awarded since 2018. About 300 media professionals and 35 projects have been supported under MTPP, of which 11 have been published.

„Recognition from established international film festivals is a testament to the capabilities of Singapore’s media industry and the ability of our many amazing talents to tell our stories to the world,” said Ang.

Chen, whose 2013 film „Ilo Ilo” won the Camera d’Or for best first film at Cannes, is previously based in London and now lives in Hong Kong. He has a string of upcoming projects in Asia and Hollywood as a director or producer.

“Although the film is shot in China, I see it as a great opportunity to introduce new Singaporean talent to the world. „In 'The Breaking Eyes,’ Singaporean musician Kin Leon composed all the original music, marking his feature debut,” said Chen.

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Watch „The Breaking Eyes” trailer here: https://youtu.be/1NeSawdoeRQ

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