Submission of entries for the Lapis Sagu Film Contest is now closed.


What is the contest about?

The Lapis Sagu Film Contest is Singapore’s first crowdsourced short film project on cultural diversity. As the name “Lapis Sagu” connotes, this project celebrates the colourful tapestry of our social fabric, which makes Singapore a rich and vibrant place to live and work.

The Lapis Sagu Film Contest is Singapore’s first crowdsourced short film project on cultural diversity. As the name “Lapis Sagu” connotes, this project celebrates the colourful tapestry of our social fabric, which makes Singapore a rich and vibrant place to live and work.

A cash prize of SGD$5,000. You’ll also stand a chance to be mentored by one of the directors and hone your skills on various aspects of filmmaking. The filmmakers will each handpick a story idea that they find the most compelling, and help the winners shape their stories and adapt the concepts to bring them to life. You will also be invited to the gala premiere of the four films.

As Singapore becomes increasingly diverse – with people from different nations and cultural backgrounds in our midst – our communities and workplaces will continue to be presented with many opportunities as well as challenges. How can we adapt to this diversity and be enriched by it? How can we better promote greater understanding, acceptance and tolerance among people from different backgrounds? How can we create more harmonious workplaces?

We hope this contest will bring forth many insightful, heart-warming and entertaining stories on how we can all do our part – fellow Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners – in building a better home for ourselves and our families.

We are looking for stories that will lead us to explore, rediscover and work through the many layers of our differences and even misperceptions to arrive at a common understanding of our shared aspirations and humanity. And when these layers come together nicely, they can become a glorious and harmonious blend of cultures, like the layers of lapis sagu. Our differences, while at times challenging, can become our strengths – a kaleidoscope of colours, a treasure trove of talents and cultures worth celebrating.

  • Call for entries is now closed. Shortlisted entrants will be notified privately.
  • Your story idea should be on cultural diversity, local-foreigner relations and/or social integration in Singapore.
  • Submit your idea in a logline of not more than 30 words in English. Please include a brief synopsis of your storyline.
  • You can write a logline with any film genre in mind.
  • Aim for story ideas that are thought-provoking, fresh and interesting. The entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, relevance and potential for a compelling story.
  • Winning entries will be developed into 3- to 10-minute short films by our professional filmmakers, who reserve the right to shape the story ideas as they deem fit to form a good story.
  • Winners will be roped into the creative process of producing the films.
  • Your involvement will depend on your potential contribution upon assessment of your entries by the filmmakers.
  • You may choose to participate as an individual or as a team. Each team may have a maximum of three members.
  • Like any film project, research is key. Check out Lapis Sagu: Read Between the Lines for some tips on creating an outstanding logline.

Like any film project, research is key. Check out Lapis Sagu: Read Between the Lines for some tips on creating an outstanding logline.

A cash prize of SGD$5,000. You’ll also stand a chance to be mentored by one of the directors and hone your skills on various aspects of filmmaking. The filmmakers will each handpick a story idea that they find the most compelling, and help the winners shape their stories and adapt the concepts to bring them to life. You will also be invited to the gala premiere of the four films.

  • Call for entries is now closed. Shortlisted entrants will be notified privately.
  • Your story idea should be on cultural diversity, local-foreigner relations and/or social integration in Singapore.
  • Submit your idea in a logline of not more than 30 words in English. Please include a brief synopsis of your storyline.
  • You can write a logline with any film genre in mind.
  • Aim for story ideas that are thought-provoking, fresh and interesting. The entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, relevance and potential for a compelling story.
  • Winning entries will be developed into 3- to 10-minute short films by our professional filmmakers, who reserve the right to shape the story ideas as they deem fit to form a good story.
  • Winners will be roped into the creative process of producing the films.
  • Your involvement will depend on your potential contribution upon assessment of your entries by the filmmakers.
  • You may choose to participate as an individual or as a team. Each team may have a maximum of three members.
  • Like any film project, research is key. Check out Lapis Sagu: Read Between the Lines for some tips on creating an outstanding logline.

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About Project Lapis Sagu

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Rich in flavour and unique in character, we’re bound together like intricately crafted layers of Lapis Sagu. Project Lapis Sagu is a creative springboard for open conversations on cultural diversity and social integration in Singapore.