BEIJING — The Singapore Film Commission has launched a grant to help encourage new filmmakers from the city state.

The New Talent Feature Grant will provide funding of up to S$250,000 ($202,000) or 100% of the production budget for each feature film.

The terms of the NTFG requires recipients to use at least 40% of the grant on Singapore spend, and it is open to citizens and permanent residents of Singapore.

The MDA said in a statement that the grant was part of its efforts to streamline its schemes. It will replace the New Feature Film Fund, which was based on co-investment.

The grant is aimed at helping helmers produce their first pics in a variety of genres, including docs, festival-oriented works, and films in non-English languages, such as Malay or Tamil, which are also official languages in Singapore.

The NTFG is a grant, which means directors own the intellectual property of their films, the MDA said. Part of the issues with the MDA’s film funds previously was that it was getting into owning stakes in films, which it doesn’t want.

“As the NTFG is not based on co-investment, film directors need not raise their own funds and can concentrate their energies on producing good content,” the MDA said.

The grant also does not require helmers to partner a production company experienced in making feature films, which means they can use freelancers and other production partners.

For 2012, call-for-proposals under the NTFG will open from May 7 to Aug. 31.