In collaboration with Documentary Dream Center (Japan)

The Objectifs Reciprocal Artist Residency is dedicated to providing artists working in the medium of film and/or photography with valuable space, resources and networks to help them develop their visual arts projects. The residency programme aims to facilitate the research and creation of visual art works and regional networking between artists.

The application deadline is 31 Aug 2019. Applications must be submitted online here.


Our international partner for this edition of the Objectifs Artist Residency is the Documentary Dream Center, in Yamagata, Japan.

Documentary Dream Center will host one Singapore-based artist for 4 weeks from 6 Nov to 5 Dec 2019 at the Yamagata Documentary Dojo, and Objectifs will host one Japan-based artist for 4 weeks between Feb to Mar 2020 in return.

The Yamagata Documentary Dojo is a 4-week residency program for Asian filmmakers in the hot spring spa of Zao, in Japan. The retreat allows filmmakers with documentary film projects the opportunity to work intensely on their rough cuts, deepen creative ambitions, and to network with Japanese and other international filmmakers. The residency is organised in cooperation with the renowned Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and participants of the dojo will have access to over 15,000 titles in the festival’s library for research purposes.

Objectifs hosts a busy year-round calendar of events such as exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops. Artists-in-residence at Objectifs will benefit from a simply furnished artist studio space, located centrally in the heart of the vibrant arts and cultural district in Singapore, and opportunities to network with the visual art, photography and filmmaking community.

In addition to their project work, the selected residents will be required to
• Conduct at least 1 workshop/seminar, screening or talk relating to their project, personal portfolio, and/or works from respective countries
• Be in touch (online and if possible in person) to communicate and support each other in their respective countries
• Showcase their completed project or work-in-progress in an end-of-residency presentation


The 4-week residency programme will take place:

• For Singapore-based artist in Japan, 6 Nov to 5 Dec 2019
• For Japan-based artist in Singapore, Feb to Mar 2020 (dates to be determined)


Applications must be submitted by 31 Aug 2019. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We will not accept any late applications after the deadline. Applicants will be notified in Sept 2019.


1.    Applicants must be a filmmaker or artist working in moving image.

2.    Selection of the applicant is based on portfolio and a project brief/proposal for a non-fiction project to be developed and created at the respective residency spaces/host countries (to be attached to application). This may include work-in-progress scripts, research, and film rushes.

3.    Please attach letter(s) of recommendation (max. 2).

4.    Your project / research proposal should include:
•    Area of research
•    What you hope to present at the end of the residency

For the Singapore artist:
•    Open to Singapore/Singapore PR artists with a work in progress project.
•    You must have a passport that is at least 6 months valid for the travel dates.

For the Japan-based artist:
•    Open to Japan citizens/ residents (you must have a permanent address in Japan) with a work in progress project.
•    You must have a passport that is at least 6 months valid for the travel dates.
•    You must have sufficient proficiency in English language,


  1. Basic accommodation and workspace for the duration of the residency only.
  2. Research stipend of S$500 for Japan-based artist in Singapore, and per diem of 2000JPY for Singapore-based artist in Yamagata.
  3. The residents will be responsible for their own international airfare, all incidentals, local travel, meals, daily living expenses and hiring of any assistants or production crew (if/where relevant).

Please read the application form for the full details of the residency, together with terms and conditions.

Please direct any further queries to