Mediacorp today (23 May) launched Young Creators Project, a talent development initiative to nurture and grow Singapore's creative talent pool.
Supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the initiative aims to provide young content creators with resources and skills needed to bring their ideas to life. This includes funding support, mentorship by industry experts, and access to production resources such as filming equipment, studio facilities, and props.
Since last June, each group of the young creators was paired with a mentor from Mediacorp Studios. The mentor, either an executive producer, director, writer or cameraman offered valuable advice and insights to the group from the story pitching process to the actual production work-in-progress.
A total of 11 short films have been produced by students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, and Temasek Polytechnic, and are now available on Toggle for free viewing.
Doreen Neo, chief content officer, Mediacorp, said: "The Young Creators Project is one of the ways we are nurturing local creative talent and providing the platforms for them to showcase their work. We’ve gained new perspectives from working with them too. These students come with fresh ideas for storytelling and are keen to experiment with new formats."
Dorothy Lai, director of public service media and assessment of IMDA, said: "Nurturing the next generation of content creators is a great way to encourage new story ideas that will keep local public service content fresh and relevant for Singapore audiences, especially among the millennials. IMDA is happy to support this Mediacorp initiative, and we look forward to the emergence of more innovative ideas by our aspiring young talent."