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Key to growth of local film sector

The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. When it was created, it had to answer the question: Why do we need public funding for film-making?

Today, that can be answered with the clutch of prizes from top-tier film festivals, as well as the commercial success of films such as the Ah Boys To Men franchise (2012 to 2017). Singapore manages a small but steady output of films. There are scholarship recipients in schools here and around the world ready to launch the new wave.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'Key to growth of local film sector'. Print Edition | Subscribe