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UTTER 2017

Open Call for a Producer for Utter 2017




Utter is an SWF initiative which showcases the best of Singapore writing and celebrates its potential to be adapted into different media and across languages, giving audiences fresh perspectives and a deeper understanding of our home-grown authors. The call for a producer for Utter 2017 is open from from 11 to 24 January 2017.




SWF 2017 celebrates the 20th edition of the festival. As a tribute to the writers who have contributed to the development of a Singapore canon before SWF began as Singapore Writers’ Week in 1986, Utter 2017 will highlight the works of about four or five writers, including Gregory Nalpon, Rebecca Chua, S Rajaratnam, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Wang Gungwu. Please refer to Annex A for the full list of possible works. The working title for this project is Utter 2017: SingLit Unearthed.

The final product should include: 

  1. Four to five short films based on the works of the authors mentioned in Annex A below (live action, animation, or musical);
  2. One trailer (about 10 mins) on who the authors mentioned in the film are;
  3. Two to three ticketed public screenings, in August / September;
  4. Minimum total 40 minutes screen time for all the films (minus the trailer) + 20 to 30 minutes Q&A with writers/directors after the screenings and
  5. Language: English, plus at least one of the other three official languages (Chinese, Malay, Tamil)

The appointed producer will be responsible for:

  1. Recommending, confirming (with NAC’s input) and liaising with filmmakers;
  2. Confirming and liaising with writers (or their estates) for permission to interpret text for short films;
  3. Managing full budget for project including payment to writers and filmmakers etc;
  4. Managing production timeline;
  5. Copywriting for all promotional materials relating to commissioned films;
  6. Production and design of marketing collaterals relating to this project (in consultation with NAC) and
  7. Delivering final films in suitable exhibition format.





The submitted proposal should include the following

  1. Proposal Concept including marketing plan and venue for public screening
  2. Outline work scope of Producer
  3. Proposed Timeline
  4. Proposed Budget
  5. Proposed Director/Animator List


The key evaluation criteria guideline for commissioned art works is set out as follows:

  1. Artistic merit / Proposal (50%);
    1. Relevance to the project’s objectives or project’s structure
    2. Originality of proposal
    3. Budget
  2. Potential audience outreach, and quality of audience engagement (30%)
    1. Marketing plan
    2. Distribution
  3. Track record and capacity to execute the project (20%)




All proposals are to be submitted to by 12noon on 24 January 2017. [PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY]


A producer will be appointed by the first week of February.





  1. The Wayang At Eight Milestong by Gregory Nalpon
  2. The Newspaper Editor and Other Stories by Rebecca Chua
  3. The Short Stories And Radio Plays of S. Rajaratnam edited by Irene Ng
  4. But We Have No Legends by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
  5. Pulse by Wang Gungwu




  1. The Giant by Tan Swie Hian



  1. Mail Mau Khawin by Muhammad Ariff Bin Ahmad (Mas)




  1. The Sound of the Waves by J M Sali