MDEC Launches Digital Content Creators Challenge

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  • Provides seed funding for creative content developers to build portfolio, IPs
  • Funding of 360 projects and payment of US$3.5 million in prizes to winners

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has launched the Digital Content Creators Challenge (DC3) for 2022.

In a statement, the agency said the DC3, which debuted in 2006, is one of the platforms that provides seed funding for creative content developers to build a portfolio or intellectual properties (IP) that can be used to pitch to investors, broadcasters and publishers for additional funding.

He claimed that over the years the competition has funded 360 projects and paid out US$3.5 million (RM15.3 million) in prize money to the winners.

DC3 is a competition-based program designed to help content creators develop and produce high-quality digital content as well as increase intellectual property creation, in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital) which aims to produce 200 IPs by 2025.

DC3 2022 winners will receive a cash prize to develop their proposed digital creative content with the support of industry experts through a mentorship program.

This would provide the necessary catalysts for local talent to enter local and global markets, MDEC said.

According to MDEC CEO Mahadhir Aziz (photo)past winners have won awards on the global stage and MDEC could be more than honored to provide the platform content developers need to develop, present and market their digital content regionally and globally.

“We are optimistic that this year’s participants will bring new ideas and develop great stories that will put Malaysia on the global creative content map,” he said.

The program is open to digital content creation companies and is divided into three project areas, namely digital comics, animation and digital games.

In the digital comic category, winners will receive a cash prize of up to US$5,700 (RM25,000) and six months to complete their project.

Meanwhile, winners in the animation category will receive a cash prize of up to US$28,000 (RM100,000) and eight months to complete their project.

Digital game producers, on the other hand, will receive up to US$28,000 (RM100,000) and ten months to complete their project.

Notable past DC3 projects include R&D studio’s Batik Girl which won international accolades such as winner of the Animated Short category at the 5th Festival de Largos y Cortos in Santiago, Chile and 27th Best Animated Short Film. South. Cinematographic Academy Film & Arts, Chile in 2019, said MDEC.

Creatvtoon Studio’s The Pillar of Strength recently won Best Animation, Couch Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Best Animation, Cinematic European Film Festival, Romania in 2022, he said.

Meanwhile, 7th Beat Games’ Rhythm Doctor won the best sound award at the Brazil Independent Games Festival and the audio winner at the Big Festival in 2018, he added.

Applications for the DC3 program are now open until June 15, 2022.

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