Friday, July 22, 2016

Digital Lab Africa 2016 calls for projects

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT before 31 August 2016

PITCH IT AT DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg (2-4 Nov 2016)

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. It is open to any professional or individual having an innovative project in 4 categories of multimedia production:

# Virtual reality # Web creation/transmedia # Video game (Serious game) # Digital music

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Deadline to submit your project: 31 August 2016

Digital Lab Africa is a new platform for African talent in multimedia, organised by the French Institute of South Africa, in partnership with DISCOP AFRICA and TRACE.

The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation and to make their project happen with the support of French leading companies in their field (studios, producers, broadcasters, distributors). The incubation ticket will include time of residence in France within digital clusters and a 3,000EUR cash prize.

The Web creation and Transmedia categories are dedicated to new ways of creating audio-visual material. They target the new generation of producers and relate to content that combines several media, and are intended to be viewed mainly online on smartphone, tablet and computer.

Web creation: this category targets all audio-visual material produced to be viewed online (first digital content) in a non-linear way. The category is open to innovative concepts and to any type of content: fiction, documentary, animation, reality shows, news, sport, entertainment, talk shows, debates, TV formats and magazine programmes (food, environment, lifestyle, culture, comedy, educational…).
Projects that aim to attract an audience, engage with it and retain it, and that can be formatted into episodes or thematic channels will be considered first. One-time broadcast/TV special are excluded from the web creation category.

Mentor of the winning project (web creation category): Lagardère Studios, leading audio-visual production group in Europe

Transmedia: all production/content which combines the use of various media (TV, Internet, mobile phones, radio, video games, social networks etc.) to offer a transmedia narrative experience, that may include some elements of interactivity and audience engagement. The project can consist of either creating a transmedia universe of an original television or cinema production, irrespective of the genre (documentary, series, animation), or a transmedia project developed directly for online consumption.

Examples: a web documentary or a web series including an interactive and participative element (involvement of the public via an app, a chat, social medias, video game…)

Mentor of the winning project (Transmedia category): ARTE, the European cultural channel and one of the leading web creation/transmedia content producers/broadcasters.

Virtual Reality: The virtual reality category is open to anyone producing content which offers an immersive experience to the public, on any type of support (computer, tablet, smartphone, virtual reality headset), using virtual reality technologies, 360° video, and 3D interactions. Examples: journalism report, fiction or documentary movie, musical clip, museum visit, video game...

Mentor of the winning project (virtual reality category): Okio-Studio, the French leading production house in virtual reality contents

Video Game (Serious Game): The video game category is open to all prototypes/concepts of Serious Game, learning games, edutainment games, simulation games, games which inform, engage and advertise for mobile application or full screen (computer, smartphone, TV, tablet...)

Examples: a News game on a current topic, a game which promotes a cause (health, education, environment, etc.), an advertising game to promote a film or event, an educational game to learn a language.

Mentor of the winning project (video game/serious game category): CCCP studio, one of the leading French video game studios specialising in serious games and multi-platforms games.

Digital Music: The digital music category is open to all projects which offer an innovative and enriching user experience using multimedia tools, solutions and content, based on one or several African artists, musical genres or African territories (e.g. Senegal rap or Congolese rumba). The project should be aimed at video or digital music platforms on the Internet or mobile telephone. 

Example: creating an app offering a multimedia world and an interactive community around an artist.

Mentors of the winning project (digital music category): BELIEVE DIGITAL, the leading digital distributor and services provider for independent artists & labels in the world
1D TOUCH, the first worldwide fair trade streaming platform dedicated to independent contents.


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