SINGAPORE: The Media Development Authority (MDA) has introduced a special film category for its Media Education Scheme (MES).
The MES (Film) scholarship is tailored for screenwriters, directors and film—makers, who tend to operate on a freelance basis.
On top of full scholarship, MES (Film) scholars will be assigned to mentors who will coach, guide and provide contacts and opportunities to the recipient.
Unlike other MES scholars, film scholars will not be offered full—time employment upon graduation, but will be expected to commit to two years of service under the mentorship of their assigned film—makers.
In a written parliamentary reply to Nominated MP Janice Koh, Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said the new scheme is the result of consultation between MDA and the film industry, following feedback that the MES may not cater to the needs of the film industry.
The MES was revised in 2012 to include job placements for scholars with the aim of matching their talents with media companies’ needs for specific skill sets.
MES scholars are offered internship and training opportunities, as well as an employment bond of three to five years upon graduation with their companies, which include MediaCorp and Singapore Press Holdings.
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