Events part of MDeC push to promote creative sector
Total of US$480,000 to be given to IPCC winners this time around
WITH the increasing attention given to the creative content sector in the hopes of building Malaysia into becoming the regional digital content hub, a number of competitions have been organized to keep interest in the sector going.
This Thursday (Aug 2) is the submission deadline for two such competitions – the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) 2012 and the 14th TBS DigiCon6 Animation and Movie Awards.
Pitching for the selected finalists for IPCC 2012 will be on Sept 12 and 13.
It may be too late for Digital News Asia readers to take part, that is, unless your creative juices only flow when the pressure is on.
The main objective of the IPCC is to unearth and enhance the capability of local talents and help spur the growth of the creative multimedia industry under the MSC Malaysia Creative Multimedia Content Initiative (M-CMCI).
The competition is open to amateurs and professionals. At the end of the competition, winners will receive a sum of money, development space at Cyberjaya, unlimited access to MSC Malaysia Animation & Creative Content Centre's (MAC3) facilities, and consultancy from industry players.
Meanwhile the TBS DigiCon6 Awards are held annually. The award hopes to explore and discover new hidden talents from all over Asia.
TBS DigiCon6 is set up to provide a gateway for students, amateurs and professionals to showcase their full potential in art and creativity for content development to the public and industry. In addition, it aims to provide creators with opportunities to expand their creative ground by supporting their innovative minds and activities year-round.
TBS DigiCon6 Awards is sponsored by Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television and organized by the TBS DigiCon6 Headquarters.
Passionate and talented Malaysians who are shortlisted for their outstanding work of art will receive support in the form of sponsorship of marketing collaterals, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Tokyo to attend the TBS DigiCon6 regional award.
Last year 43 submissions were received from Malaysia, with Glue Studios Sdn Bhd and Mushroomhead chosen as the winners [though only Glue Studios was sent to compete in Tokyo].
On the IPCC contest, according to MDeC, 35 projects will be funded this time around with a total of RM1.5 million (US$480,000) to be given in grants to the winners. The three categories are animation with a three-minute clip to be made; casual computer games where participants have to create a full game ready for commercialization; and digital interactive comics with a 60-page comic to be created.
Data from the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the custodian of the MSC Malaysia initiative, also reveals that from 2006 to 2011, a total of 172 winners have been picked for the IPCC.
The breakdown shows that 67 were in the comics category, 48 in animation, 31 in games and 26 in mobile.
Just two weeks ago, four teams from the comics category in 2011 (Saga, Neosantra Andika, Major Zombie and Journey to the Under World) had attended the San Diego Comic Convention 2012 from July 12-15.
Meanwhile four teams/ projects participated in Casual Connect Europe held this past February 2012. The teams were Reachin’ Pichin’, Poco Poco Cheerocco, TV Boy and Space Ship Ion.
Some of the other notable international events held/ partnered by MDeC include Autodesk Panorama, The Lab (XML) Local, Next Gen Contentpreneur Awards, Cerita Rakyat Malaysia (CERAMY) and master classes for practitioners.
All the various events complement this desire to be a regional hub where under the Economic Transformation Plan, Malaysia targets the creative content sector to contribute US$1 billion to the Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020, while creating 10,326 jobs.