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GLOBAL FUND MATCHES 50% OF PRODUCTION BUDGETS

Refinery Media’s Global Co-Production Fund will support up to 50% of production budgets for projects exploring the use of Virtual Production in long-form films, documentaries, reality and scripted series.

 

We invite all filmmakers and production companies to submit your proposals to us. A maximum of 5 projects proposing innovative uses of virtual production in any long-form genre will be selected annually.

PURPOSE

We want to equip and support filmmakers who are interested in leveraging virtual production to push their creative vision and elevate their methods of filmmaking and storytelling. This initiative aims to foster an inclusive production ecosystem guided by imagination and innovation and provides creators with the extra push to realise their creative vision.

 

Beyond financial support, Refinery Media has also partnered with its sister company, X3D Studio, to offer state-of-the-art Virtual Production facilities in Singapore. Selected projects will gain collaboration opportunities with Refinery Media’s award-winning team of producers, directors, and storytellers, and access to X3D Studio’s tech expertise for executing next-level virtual productions, including an experienced team of Asia-based Unreal artists to create 3D environments.

SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES

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  1. All proposals must include:

    • Applicant’s profile (including previous works and accolades)

    • Key personnel involved in Applicant’s proposed production

    • Show logline and synopsis

    • Show treatment

    • Episodic synopsis and breakdown (for series)

    • Script for features or scripted series

    • Potential cast

    • Proposed budget and breakdown

    • How Virtual Production may be incorporated into the show (including specific scenes)

    • All applications must be done in English

  2. We will consider projects with a total production budget of up to US$2.7mil, subject to the proposed script, concept or topic. However, this cap may be reviewed if your proposal has strong justification for higher funding (eg. confirmation of a notable profile in the project such as a director, actor, producer, etc.)

  3. The applicant can only submit 1 proposal maximum

  4. Submissions deadline: 15 March 2024

  5. Notification to successful applicants: 3 June 2024

ELIGIBILITY

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  1. Filmmakers or production companies must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in long form production in any genre.

  2. Proposals must incorporate a minimum of 15% virtual production in its total running time.

  3. The film or series must eventually air on a regional or international network or streaming platform.

  4. Production must not have started at the time of fund application.

  5. Features must be at least 90mins in duration. Series must be minimum 30mins x 6 episodes in length.

  6. All genres including scripted, documentaries, reality are accepted.

  7. Local language long-forms are accepted.

  8. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the filmmaker or production company.

  9. Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the applicant or the work is in the public domain (applicants may be asked to confirm the aforementioned).

  10. The material must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to submission.

  11. If a script based on a concept or logline becomes optioned, produced, or purchased between the time of submission and notification of successful applicants, that entry will no longer be eligible.

  12. The film or series must be completed within 24 months of awarded fund (dated on letter). Any request for extensions shall be subject to prior approval.

  13. All decisions are final and Refinery Media reserves the right to amend these requirements at any time.

FAQ

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  • WHAT IS VIRTUAL PRODUCTION?
    Virtual Production (VP) refers to a filmmaking technique that allows for real-time visual effects and background imagery to be rendered on-set through video wall displays and in-camera visual effects. This allows filmmakers to shoot scenes that would normally require complex VFX in post-production to instead appear realized in real time as actors perform on set. Some key aspects of virtual production include: - LED video walls and ceilings that display interactive background imagery reacting to camera movements and positions to provide parallax and perspective. This creates immersive environments for actors to perform within. - Real-time motion capture and facial capture to animate digital characters and assets that integrate live on set with practical footage. - In-camera VFX that combine practical footage with CGI elements rendered interactively so filmmakers can see final composite shots real-time in the camera without waiting for post. - Pre-visualization and simulcam technologies to allow filming against pre-rendered VR backgrounds or rough animations that provide interactive perspective and framing references live on set. By shooting with virtual production, films can achieve complex visuals in-camera while still capturing authentic performances, saving time and budget traditionally spent on post VFX. It brings many post processes onto the live set. Please watch an introduction video to ICVFX here,
  • HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PROPOSAL?
    Fill up our submission form and include a link to your proposal deck with the required information. Applicant’s profile (including previous works and accolades) Key personnel involved in applicant’s proposed production Show logline & synopsis Show treatment Episodic synopsis and breakdown (for series) Script for features or scripted series Potential cast Proposed budget and breakdown How virtual production may be incorporated into the show (including specific scenes)
  • CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT?
    No, each applicant may only submit one proposal.
  • CAN I EDIT MY SUBMISSION AFTER IT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED?
    No edits are allowed after your proposal has been submitted.
  • WILL MY SUBMISSION BE MADE PUBLIC?
    No, your proposals will only be viewed internally.
  • DOES THE PROJECT HAVE TO BE SHOT IN SINGAPORE?
    No, but the Virtual Production scenes should be shot in our studio based in Singapore.
  • WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA TO BE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS?
    We have a team of experts reviewing all proposals. We look for unique, original ideas that can push the boundaries using Virtual Production as part of the storytelling.
  • I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT COVERED IN THE FAQs
    You may email info@refinery-media.com with the subject title "FUND PROPOSAL INQUIRY".
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