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Singapore Launches Fund for Animation Co-Productions

Could Japan buy in?

Singapore has reportedly launched a new fund for animation at MIP TV. It's called the International Animation Fund, created in partnership with Fremantle Media (better known for game shows than animation, but hey, it's cool), and it's apparently specifically aimed to help boost "co-productions in the city state," says Variety.

The fund is part of a larger effort on Singapore's part to bring in animation experts from around the world. Now, it's been my understanding that Singapore is rather fond of its anime-- or at least its anime downloads; I don't know how many of you remember the Odex story from a few years ago, when the Singapore-based company sued several anime downloaders --and the country is in the top 20 when it comes to where you Vice readers are coming from.

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So I wonder if we might not see some co-productions with Japan, where the anime industry is well-established but hurting for some funds as sales drop? Japanese studios have already done co-productions with South Korea and China, and the relationship Japan has with those nations is fraught with historical tensions. As far as I'm aware Japan and Singapore have a pretty cordial relationship.

Even setting that aside, both South Korea and China have their own anime movements, particularly the latter. Singapore might join them in trying to cash in on some of the market itself. 
 
The usual disclaimer, by the way: this is all speculation on my part. We have no idea what kind of animation, if any, will come out of this fund.

That said, I know we have readers based in Singapore-- and there's also quite a segment of anime bloggers based in the country as well. So I'm curious, what do you guys think about all this? And for the rest of you: would anime from Singapore interest you?  
No_name_here staff on April 12, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.
If Singapore's still anything like the one I lived in for ten years... don't expect any of these productions to be the least bit edgy.
wwfunderakeron April 12, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
Thats good to hear, more countries should put money into anime. You listening UK.
sotyfan16on April 12, 2010 at 1:45 p.m.

@wwfunderaker:
With the recent law passing in England I don't think more money will be put into anime. If anything I feel that anime sales there will decrease and black market purchases and downloading will increase. The most dramatic numbers will probably occur in the next few years. Those are my guesses. 
 
As for Singapore, well, different groups and the government have been working to expand its tourism and industries. Big things are in the works for a competitive gambling market in the area. Joint-ventures would be a start as anime is something very touchy to fans and something totally new and different could face being shot down.

Duoon April 12, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.
 If possible, make the anime with South East Asian setting (eg Singapore, Malaysian, or Indonesian). Look at "Heroman" by Stan Lee; it is fresh to watch an anime that has mostly American culture setting in it . It will be cool to watch Anime that many Asians can relate to in that region. 

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