Digital Lab Africa 2018 for African talents in digital content creation (42,000ZAR cash prize XCHARX funded Residency in France)

Maombi Tarehe ya mwisho: Januari 13th, 2019

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production : web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation and digital music.

DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is a platform and a call for projects dedicated to creative content linked with innovation in Africa (web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation, digital music). The very idea of DLA is to incubate next-gen creative talent by offering them a springboard to jump-start and accelerate their projects with the support and expertise of DLA ecosystem (studios, events, producers, broadcasters, distributors, experts, incubation venues…) from France and Sub-Saharan African countries.

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects is open to anyone from the field of digital content creation: artists, producers, designers, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in Sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region.

Jamii:

  • Web Creation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Mchezo video
  • Muziki wa Muziki
  • Uhuishaji

Uchaguzi:

  • Following the call for projects, 30 projects are selected for the final Pitch Competition. The video pitch of of each of the 30 competitors are displayed online on a voting platform where the audience has the opportunity to watch and vote for their favorite pitch.
  • After individual interviews with each of the 30 finalists, 10 projects are finally selected by the DLA’ Selection Committees as winners of the DLA.

Faida:

  • The 10 winning projects (2 projects per category) are granted with a 42,000ZAR cash prize and a Digital Lab Africa Incubation Pass to accelerate their project

DLA INCUBATION PASS

  • Each of the 10 projects’ holders are mentored by both French and African experts to benefit from the expertise of several ecosystems. They benefit from access to Dassault SystèmesXCHARX global expertise network for support, management and services they need for their projects development.
  • Alongside the DLA mentorship program, the 10 mentees have the opportunity to be immersed in those ecosystems thanks to residency programs within digital clusters and participation in benchmark industry events in France or in Sub-Saharan African region.
  • The expected outcome of DLA incubation program is market ready content.
    The DLA Incubation Pass includes
  • mentorship program by French and Sub-Saharan African industry key players
  • residency period in France or in Sub-Saharan African countries within a creative cluster
  • participation at industry events in France or in the Sub-Saharan African region.

Timeline:

  • Call for projects (14 November 2018 – 13 January 2019)
  • 14 November 2018 XCHARX 13 January 2019: call for projects
  • March 2019: announcement of the selected projects for the Pitch Competition April 2019: announcement of the DLA#3 winners

Final Pitch Competition (March 2019)

  • Following the call for projects, 30 projects are selected for the final Pitch Competition by the DLA’ Selection Committees members. The “Video Pitch” of the 30 competitors are displayed online on a voting platform where the audience has the opportunity to watch and vote for their favorite pitch. After individual interviews with each of the finalists, 10 projects are finally selected by the DLA’ Selection Committees as winners of the DLA Pitch Competition.
  • The 10 winning projects (2 projects per category) are granted with a 42,000ZAR cash prize and a Digital Lab Africa Incubation Pass to accelerate their project.

DLA Incubation Pass (May-December 2019)

Awamu ya incubation itaendelea wakati wa 3 hadi miezi 6 kati ya Mei na Desemba 2019. Itafanyika kwa mahitaji maalum ya miradi na itajumuisha muda wa kuishi nchini Ufaransa wa muda usiofaa kulingana na miradi, hadi kufikia kikomo cha mwezi mmoja.

Jinsi ya Kuomba:

Applicants must: 1/ Fill the online form in 2/ Email the application files (in French or in English) to applications@digilabafrica.com

Application files
• Pitch deck / Presentation document (PDF, PowerPoint or Word) including:
– project’s overview, concept, statement of intent…
– development and production schedule, provisional budget, target audience and strategy
• Visual element and/or research document
– Storyboard / mood board / graphics / portfolio / screenplay (for web creation, animation or VR projects)
– Game design document (for video game projects)
– Any preview, pilot or video demo of the project (if available, for all types of projects)
• A cover letter explaining why you want to be part of the DLA Mentorship & Incubation program (1-page maximum)
• A resume/curriculum vitae of the applicant and/or description of the company represented
• A picture (.jpeg) of the applicant

Utaratibu wa Maombi:

Email the following application files (in French or in English) to applications@digilabafrica.com before January 13th, 2019

  • Pitch deck / Presentation document (PDF, PowerPoint or Word) including:
    – project’s overview, concept, statement of intent…
    – development and production schedule, provisional budget, target audience and strategy
  • Visual element and/or research document
    -
    Storyboard / mood board / graphics / portfolio / screenplay (for web creation, animation or VR projects
    – Game design document (for video game projects)
    – Any preview, pilot or video demo of the project (if available, for all types of projects)
  • Barua ya kifuniko explaining why you want to be part of the DLA Mentorship & Incubation program (1-page maximum)
  • A resume/curriculum vitae of the applicant and/or maelezo of the company represented
  • picha (.jpeg) of the applicant
Applicants can submit several projects (one application form per project)
Applications submitted by two persons working in pairs can be considered.

Kwa Taarifa Zaidi:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Digital Lab Africa 2018

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