Drug-free themed film programme calls for concept submissions; selected teams to receive $15,000 production grant

Interested participants have until Apr 27 to submit their entries.

Chloe Tham

Published: 4 April 2023, 4:21 PM

Up to $15,000 in production grants are up for grabs in the ongoing drug-free film programme organised by the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA). Three shortlisted applicants will each receive the grants.

The contest, titled What’s Your Fix? Youth Film Programme aims to support young content creators in the local scene, while further promoting the drug-free movement in Singapore.

Entries are to follow at least one of the three themes – “Are youths open to trying drugs?”, “What are the potential impacts?” and “How does a family play a role in drug abuse prevention?”

For the “Are youths open to trying drugs?” theme, creators should explore if youths in Singapore are open to trying drugs, and find out why someone would turn to drugs despite knowing the potential consequences and harms of drugs.

The “What are the potential impacts?” theme would require creators to discuss the potential impact should recreational drug use be normalised in Singapore.

Participants would have to consider how empathy and meaningful conversations about drugs can help youths stay drug-free for the theme of “How does a family play a role in drug abuse prevention?”

Submissions are limited to Singaporean Residents aged 15 to 35 years old. Applicants must ensure that their ideas are structured in a narrative or documentary format. Multiple entries are allowed for each participant.

The top three winning concepts will receive up to $15,000 to produce the film in the form of a 16:9 or 9:16 aspect ratio live-action documentary or narrative.

Besides receiving the production grants, the winners will also receive mentorship by experienced filmmakers.


Directors Shaiful Reezal, Yiqin Ng and Brenda Er will assist in the production of the shortlisted film ideas. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL COUNCIL AGAINST DRUG ABUSE 


Participants may submit fictional story ideas. However, bonus points are awarded to those that draw inspiration or are based on real stories.

The completed films from the winning entries will be distributed on the What’s Your Fix? website and social media channels. NCADA, Viddsee and other potential partners may also feature the winning productions on its platforms.

The deadline for submissions has been extended from Apr 14 to 27, 11:59pm. Interested participants may submit their entries through the What’s Your Fix website.

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