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13 aug '14

Gamescom report #3: I saw a visitor wiping away a tear.

Participating in Gamescom can be highly productive for these young, start-up independent game studios: finding a publisher for the game, seeking partners for ongoing development, networking or attempting to get some of the hundreds of journalists who are attending the fair to play your game.
Nick Aarts from Lionade Games: "This morning we’ve already managed to arrange meetings with publishers, this afternoon we’re sitting down with Sony. Visitors are already calling our game Check In, Knock Out a developers’ hit and the guy from Sony is going to play it with his colleagues."

At Gamescom everyone is welcome to play the selected games at the Holland Pavilion stand. Roel Ezendam from Ragesquid: "Action Henk seems to be cheering up visitors to the expo. The game is colourful and it’s easy to pick it up."

However, there are also games with a more serious note: Fragments of Him by SassyBot Studio is about coping with bereavement. "Someone from Dutch Cowboys walked past and actually wasn’t keen to play to game when he heard what the subject matter was," says game designer Tino van der Kraan. "But this game still intrigued him and he decided to try it, and at a certain point I noticed that he had to wipe away a tear. The game is moving, as it’s about exploring empathy and emotion, and it’s only when you play the game that you discover how it affects you. It’s something totally different to the explosions and flying limbs that you see plenty of in the games here at Gamescom. There’s also plenty of press and media: The Huffington Post and the Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad already passed by this morning."
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13 aug '14

Gamescom report #3: I saw a visitor wiping away a tear.

Participating in Gamescom can be highly productive for these young, start-up independent game studios: finding a publisher for the game, seeking partners for ongoing development, networking or attempting to get some of the hundreds of journalists who are attending the fair to play your game.

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13 aug '14

Gamescom report #2: As an indie, do something different

An early afternoon session at Gamescom allowed participants in the Holland Pavilion to pick the brains of experienced developers about how to pitch their games.
The people at this gathering last Tuesday afternoon included Adriel Wallick (MsMinotaur), renowned for trainjam and other games, Matthew Handrahan from gamesindustry.biz, J.W. Nijman of the game studio Vlambeer and the team from Digital Dreams, who are launching their game Metrico on PS Vita.

The most important tip from this Q&A session organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL was actually right in front of our noses: "As an indie, do something different! Don’t use your creativity just for your game; apply it to the way you present it as well. And be over-proactive and always bring stroopwafels!"

Let's see what fruits Gamescom will produce!
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12 aug '14

Gamescom Report#1: Adriaan de Jongh about Bounden

Eric Bartelson, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Control Magazine, attended the talk by Adriaan de Jongh (Game Oven) during the Independent Games Summit symposium that preceded the Gamescom fair (13–17 August) in Cologne. Game Oven is one of the ten studios being supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL to give a presentation during Gamescom.

By Eric Bartelson

Adriaan de Jongh of Game Oven knows what he’s talking about when it comes to challenging the audience to invent new genres. With Game Oven he has certainly enriched the world of games with ‘phone dancing’, ‘people touching’ and ‘friend chaining’.
According to De Jongh, your best chance of devising a new genre is in what he terms the ‘game mechanic genre’. “Here a smart game mechanic can already count as a new genre,” says De Jongh. “Take Fingle. We were the first to make a finger-touch game, and now you can see all kinds of rip-offs.” Thanks to his experience as a game developer, he now distinguishes six factors that contribute to the development of original games.

Vision "You must have a strong vision, because good game mechanics reinforce a vision. How to come up with a solid vision? Well, it’s different for everyone. For Salvador Dali, for example, it was the moment between waking and sleeping. That’s why he often sat in an armchair with a plate on his lap and a heavy metal key in his hand. If he fell asleep then he dropped the key, which then clattered noisily onto the plate. That was the moment he woke up with a jolt, immediately got up, and produced his surrealist paintings." De Jongh says that everybody has to search for their own inspiring place, because that is the spot where your vision takes shape.

Make weird shit “Try everything. Don’t be led by preconceived ideas that something isn’t or cannot be fun. Make everything that comes to mind. That is how you’ll discover which mechanic it closest to your vision", De Jongh argues, "often with unexpected results. I call it Adriaan de Jongh’s Orbital Approach.”

Throw everything away You have to dare, but it is really refreshing to throw away ideas and designs. “Artists have less difficulty with throwing away work if it isn’t up to scratch. Programmers, by contrast, prefer not to. It does mean that weeks of work are destroyed in one go. There should be some way in which programmers can also sketch with code in just a couple of hours.”

Prototype until it works “I make a prototype every day,” says De Jongh. But that alone is not enough. “You have to get as many different people as possible to play it and you have to open to criticism. All the criticism, no matter how harsh or stupid it is, is justified. Learn from it.”

Stop in time If a game that you’re developing doesn’t succeed, then don’t hesitate to stop. Don’t spend too long lingering, but simply pull the plug. That may be a severe decision, but De Jongh has reassuring words: “Stopping isn’t failing.”

Gather the right people "Surround yourself with the right people. Are they open to experimentation? Do they appreciate your opinion? A good team is unmissable."

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12 aug '14

Gamescom Report#1: Adriaan de Jongh about Bounden

Eric Bartelson, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Control Magazine, attended the talk by Adriaan de Jongh (Game Oven) during the Independent Games Summit symposium that preceded the Gamescom fair (13–17 August) in Cologne. Game Oven is one of the ten studios being supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL to give a presentation during Gamescom.

By Eric Bartelson

Adriaan de Jongh of Game Oven knows what he’s talking about when it comes to challenging the audience to invent new genres. With Game Oven he has certainly enriched the world of games with ‘phone dancing’, ‘people touching’ and ‘friend chaining’.

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5 aug '14

Special edition of Control Magazine about games supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL

The Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting 10 independent studios that are presenting their work in the Holland Pavilion at the Gamescom trade fair as a result of the Open Call for Participation in Gamescom Cologne. The games magazine Control is publishing a special Gamescom issue about the games which are featured in this presentation.
For its special “Dutch Indies” edition, Control Magazine interviewed the developers from the selected game studios about their latest projects. The Chairman of the Game Fund and the assistant secretary of the Creative Industries Fund NL have also contributed, offering tips about the best way to apply for grants and support. The magazine also highlights 11 special games that have recently been supported by the Game Fund.

Read the online version of the magazine here:



The Holland Pavilion is an initiative of the Dutch Games Association and this year it is being staged in partnership with the Creative Industries Fund NL, Control Magazine and the Dutch Game Garden. The 10 selected games are playable at the Holland Pavilion stand.Twitter along via #DutchIndies.

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22 jul '14

Open Call Work Week Qinghe Station in Beijing

The Creative Industries Fund NL is in search of (landscape) architects and urban planners willing to participate in a Chinese-Dutch project week on behalf of the redevelopment of a station area in Beijing. The project week will take place from 14 to 20 September 2014. Entries including a motivation and a brief portfolio can be submitted up to 7 August 2014.
Context of the Open Call
During the project week, Chinese and Dutch experts will work on a concrete design task: the development of Qinghe Station in Beijing. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning (BMCUP) is interested in an integrated design approach, among other things to improve the quality of life in the area. Mobility plays an important part in this. BMCUP considers Transit Oriented Development (TOD) a promising approach and expects Dutch experts to assist them in this. The curators involved in the process are the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), Tsinghua University and VenhoevenCS. For more information on this project, please download the English-language project plan in PDF, below.

Call directed at Dutch architects and urban planners
This open call is directed at Dutch architects, landscape architects and urban planners. The Fund, together with VenhoevenCS, will select a total of nine designers to participate in the project week. Selection will take place on the basis of design skills, experience with TOD and experience with working in a Chinese context. The Creative Industries Fund NL offers a grant of a maximum of € 2,150 (including VAT) per proposal. This allowance is meant to cover the expense of the return flight Amsterdam-Beijing and the stay in Beijing. All efforts are being made to create a delegation that is diverse in terms of age and experience.

More Information
For the full description of this Open Call, please visit: www.stimuleringsfonds.nl/nl/open_oproepen.

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22 jul '14

Open Call Work Week Qinghe Station in Beijing

The Creative Industries Fund NL is in search of (landscape) architects and urban planners willing to participate in a Chinese-Dutch project week on behalf of the redevelopment of a station area in Beijing. The project week will take place from 14 to 20 September 2014. Entries including a motivation and a brief portfolio can be submitted up to 7 August 2014.

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21 jul '14

Selection Open Call for International Talent Development

The Open Call International Talent Development resulted in the selection of proposals by designers Gionata Gatto and Claudy Jongstra, curator Jorn Konijn and graphic designer Ruben Pater. The Open Call is directed at all creative industry workers (e-culture, design and architecture): designers, creators, makers, critics and curators. The Creative Industries Fund NL launched the open call last April on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The proposals were submitted to a selection committee consisting of graphic designer Nikki Gonnissen (cofounder of Thonik), architect Anne Holtrop (studio Holtrop) and digital media designer Janine Huizenga, and chaired by Margaret Schavemaker, curator and head of research and publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The external advisors note that most of the proposals are submitted by designers and creators; curators and critics are under-represented. Yet a wide range of proposals was submitted, from research by design to applied design and autonomously developed work. The maximum grant per application amounts to € 25,000. The Creative Industries Fund NL’s next open call in the context of this programme will take place in April 2015.

This years’s selected proposals:

Gionata Gatto & LINV – Florence, Italy
Light designer Gionata Gatto (Italy, 1982) conducts research by design into the use of plants as sensors. The output of these sensors is used to control a luminous curtain. To this end, Gatto collaborates with the Laboratorio Internazionale di Neurobiologia Végétale (LINV), a laboratory that investigates the electrical signals that plants produce in response to changes in their environment.

Claudy Jongstra & Hammer Museum – Los Angeles, USA
Claudy Jongstra (the Netherlands, 1963) is creating an enduring work of art, a wall hanging, for the Los Angeles Hammer Museum. With her work, the designer aims to restore a sense of softness and wonder about nature to the city of Los Angeles.

Jorn Konijn & Centro Brasil Design – Florianopolis, Brazil
Jorn Konijn (the Netherlands, 1977) is co-curator of the 2015 Brazil Design Biennale. The grant will allow Konijn to improve himself in three ways, based on the commission of the Brazil Design Centre. The applicant does a research from which the results are put into effect during the exhibition ‘Home Sweet Home’ (working title), which focuses on the encounter between design and everyday life. The exhibition shows how the use of the living room changes as a result of new technology, becoming increasingly hybrid.

Ruben Pater & Isuma TV – Nunavut , Canada
Graphic designer Ruben Pater (the Netherlands) is designing a storytelling application that makes it possible to create a collective comic book. Together with the local population of the northern Canadian Nunavut, Pater is working on a graphic novel about traditional local imagery that allows the population to pass on their own stories to young Inuit. Besides the comic, which will be distributed in the communities, the project will yield a mobile exhibition and an application that, with minimal adjustment, can also be used in other cultural contexts.

Reaction from the Selection Committee to the Submitted Proposals
The committee notes that the submitted proposals contain a lot of trendy work and are hardly geared towards personal cultural and artistic development. Many applicants focus on their professional careers and fail to communicate the intended artistic output and sustainability level of the proposed project. The committee also notes that only a few applicants reflect critically on their own method and the proposed development.

In addition, the committee attaches great importance to a strongly motivated choice of location and international partner. Though some proposals describe why the proposed project fits the international context in terms of location and sphere of action, the assessors in a number of proposals miss a genuine connection to the location, occasioning questions about the meaning of the results for that location and the profession.

In assessing the proposals, the external advisors considered the quality of the artistic vision of the applicant. The advisors preferred proposals that combined exceptional artistic vision, professional development, and interaction between the applicant and international partners to create a mutually reinforcing whole. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was assessed as well, and the expertise of the partners and the nature and form of the collaboration considered. The advisors noted many proposals involving partners of an excellent reputation without, however, these collaborations being aimed at enhancing the professional and artistic development of the talent. A number of proposals failed to provide sufficient insight into the approach and design of the project, making it difficult to assess possible results.

The advisory board considers this selection representative of the scope of the creative industries in the fields of architecture, design and e-culture. The makers, designers and curator selected are in different stages of their development.

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21 jul '14

Selection Open Call for International Talent Development

The Open Call International Talent Development resulted in the selection of proposals by designers Gionata Gatto and Claudy Jongstra, curator Jorn Konijn and graphic designer Ruben Pater. The Open Call is directed at all creative industry workers (e-culture, design and architecture): designers, creators, makers, critics and curators. The Creative Industries Fund NL launched the open call last April on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The proposals were submitted to a selection committee consisting of graphic designer Nikki Gonnissen (cofounder of Thonik), architect Anne Holtrop (studio Holtrop) and digital media designer Janine Huizenga, and chaired by Margaret Schavemaker, curator and head of research and publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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15 jul '14

Five things designers should know about doing business in South Korea

The creative economy in South Korea is growing rapidly. In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. On 25 June the East-West Education Center (EWEC) held an afternoon information session about market opportunities for designers in South Korea.
EWEC and designers Ineke Hans, Samira Boon and Anne Miltenburg spoke about the possibilities available in South Korea, discussed relevant themes for Dutch-Korean collaboration, and ran through the dos and don’ts concerning business in Korea.

In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. Since then, the country has unfolded major cultural and economic infrastructure, with Seoul as its epicentre. Creative entrepreneurs are sprouting like mushrooms, encouraged by recent government policy that earmarks the creative economy as one of the country’s economic priority areas. Korean businesses such as LG and Samsung are setting the pace when it comes to crossovers between technological innovation and design. All this has not gone unnoticed in the Netherlands. More and more designers are establishing a foothold in Korea and are collaborating with Korean companies, designers and universities.

The problems facing Korean society present opportunities for Dutch-Korean collaboration, and Ineke Hans mentions three relevant issues: waste and raw materials, the ageing population, and rapid urbanization.

Five tips
Dutch designers Samira Boon and Anne Miltenburg, both of whom lived and worked in Korea, emphasize how much we can learn from Koreans. Five tips from two hands-on experts for designers starting out in South Korea.
1. Seek partnerships with local parties such as design universities, craft organizations and the business community. For newcomers, the Korean market appears hermetically sealed. Collaborating with Korean parties helps you to build up a network, to become familiar with Korean customs, and to gain access to the market.
2. Always dine out with Korean colleagues and eat everything they put in front of you. That is how you invest in working relationships and how you show that your intentions are serious.
3. Invest in building up a bond with your immediate colleagues. Koreans attach great importance to informal working relations.
4. Be aware of the hierarchical corporate culture in South Korea. Participation, discussion and group decisions are overshadowed by status and a fast decision-making culture.
5. Allow yourself to be swept along by the 24-hour work culture. Don’t be surprised if your colleagues work though the night while you plan to leave the office at 6 p.m. Clients can call at 8 p.m. to tell you they have a commission that has to be finished the following afternoon.

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival
The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. The Fund will support the participation of 10 designers at the Holland Paviljoen and an eight day stay in Seoul during the festival. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.

Read more about the open call at: >> Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival
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15 jul '14

Five things designers should know about doing business in South Korea

The creative economy in South Korea is growing rapidly. In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. On 25 June the East-West Education Center (EWEC) held an afternoon information session about market opportunities for designers in South Korea.

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. Please note that the open call is phased into two rounds: one for the PanelPicker (conference) and one for the other programme events. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.
SXSW 2015 takes place in the period 13-22 March 2015 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is one of the most important festivals and fairs in the world in the field of e-culture (interactive), film and music, bringing together an interesting mixture of major firms, start-ups and artistic events. The festival has a strong focus on innovation and plays an important networking role in various sectors.
Link: sxsw.com

Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is particularly open to interesting proposals from Dutch participants in the Interactive programme, which takes place from 13 to 17 March 2015, and in the Digital Domain programme, which forms part of the film programme and takes place at the same time.

The maximum grant from the Fund totals € 6,000 per project. A condition for support is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization and forms part of the official programme. You can submit a proposal for one of the programme events listed below:

 Participation in the conference (panels/sessions/talks) for the Interactive and Digital Domain events – Please note! Registration for the PanelPicker at SXSW closes on 25 July 2014. See: sxsw.com/music-film-interactive/news/2014/sxsw-panelpicker-open
 Participation in the Accelerator event
 Participation in the Interactive Trade Show
 Participation in the Gaming Expo.

The open call is divided into two submission rounds. The first deadline is exclusively for the PanelPicker (conference) and closes on 10 August 2014. (Please note that registration for the PanelPicker at SXSW closes on 25 July 2014).
The second round is for the other programme events and closes on 7 November 2014. The Fund will issue a new open call for this in due course.

Aims
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have jointly commissioned the Creative Industries Fund NL to implement a programme specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries.
This four-year programme has three main aims:
 strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector
 building up lasting collaborative relations
 enlarging the international field of work.

Assessment
Each project proposal will be assessed in writing by three independent advisors, who will test whether the project is sufficiently in line with the general aims of the Creative Industries Fund NL, and in particular its aims in the area of Internationalization. They will also assess the quality of the proposal and the extent to which the project is appropriate in the context of SXSW.
If the advisors make a positive recommendation, a grant will be issued on condition that the project or person is admitted to the official SXSW programme.

The Creative Industries Fund NL aims to issue grants for ten projects and is allocating a sum of € 60,000 for this purpose. The maximum grant per project/participant amounts to € 6,000. The grant issued for a proposal can be reduced to a lower amount should the contents of a proposal or the accompanying cost estimate justify such a reduction.
Project proposals that are not included among the first selection can, in consultation with the applicant, be placed on a waiting list so that they may receive support in the event of resources becoming available if positively assessed projects are not admitted to the official programme. The Creative Industries Fund NL will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

Applications
A proposal consists of:
 name, address, place of residence
 plan/description of the project or activities, aimed at one of the official festival programmes
 cost estimate and financial scheme
 letter of motivation
 CV of not more than two pages
 Proof of registration with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Creative Industries Fund NL is opening two rounds for the submission of proposals for participation. The first round, focusing exclusively on the PanelPicker, closes on 10 August 2014. The second round, focusing on the other programme events, closes on 7 November.

For each selected proposal the Creative Industries Fund NL is allocating a maximum grant of € 6,000. This grant is a contribution to the total costs and is to be used for:
 travel and accommodation costs for two people during SXSW
 maximum of two additional festival badges per project
 costs for participation in fair
 costs of materials directly incurred by participation in SXSW.

Deadline
Submit the proposal, including letter of motivation, before 10 August 2014, through the online application form of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The call is the only opportunity to receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the SXSW Festival. The selection of proposals in this first round will be announced to the participants by email no later than 8 September 2014.

Procedure
Proposals must be submitted digitally using the Creative Industries Fund NL online application form. Select the round entitled: Open Call Participation SXSW 2015. For more information about online applications, see: stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/latest/news/469/conditions_for_online_applications.

In addition to your name, address, place of residence, proof of registration with Chamber of Commerce and bank account details, the proposal includes a description of the project or activities, a concise cost estimate, CV and letter of motivation for participation. Should a proposal not meet these requirements, its contents may not be assessed.

The procedure for an open call is described in the General Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals will receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

Further information:
 To receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible to register after you have been selected.
 Participants are responsible for booking their travel and accommodation on time.
 Admission to the official SXSW programme is a prerequisite for receiving support, but does not offer any guarantee.

For further questions concerning the open call procedure please contact Hugo van de Poel, 010-4361600, h.vandepoel@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. Please note that the open call is phased into two rounds: one for the PanelPicker (conference) and one for the other programme events. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival in South Korea

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.
With its theme of Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design, the 12th Seoul Design Festival, which takes place in Seoul from 26 to 30 November 2014, focuses on how Korean society is ageing. Possible answers and solutions from a design perspective will be presented in five categories: Sharing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Healing and Heritage. The Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting the participation of 10 designers in the Holland Pavilion and an eight-day stay in Seoul during the festival. The pavilion forms part of the official programme of the Seoul Design Festival and will feature in publicity material issued by the festival.

Call
The call is open to product designers, industrial designers, graphic designers and fashion designers, provided their submitted work reflects the theme Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design and is of an excellent standard. The procedure involves joint preparation in the Netherlands. Moreover, after the festival participants will endeavour to share the knowledge acquired with professional colleagues in the Netherlands.

Context
The Creative Industries Fund NL is working with the East-West Education Center on this group presentation in South Korea. The presentation is a follow-up to the project by the East-West Education Center in March 2014, which charted design and market opportunities for Dutch designers in South Korea within the framework of the Open Call for Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, launched in the autumn of 2013.

Aims
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have jointly commissioned the Creative Industries Fund NL to implement a programme specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries. Within this programme the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting participation in the Seoul Design Festival with a group presentation in the Holland Pavilion.
This four-year programme has three main aims:
 strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector
 establishing lasting collaborative relations
 enlarging the international field of work.


With this open call the Fund aims to strengthen the contacts established through the earlier exploration and to chart new international platforms that are relevant for the positioning of Dutch design. Participants are afforded an opportunity to establish lasting relations in South Korea and to widen their international field of work.

Assessment
From the submitted applications the Creative Industries Fund NL, in consultation with external advisors, will select a maximum of 10 proposals. In the case of a design studio, the Fund will only provide a grant for the costs of one participant. The advisors will assess the extent to which the proposals reflect the aims of this open call and respond to the theme of ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. Moreover, the advisors will focus specifically on the quality of the work to be presented, the motivation of the participants, and their knowledge of and affinity with South Korea. The advisors aim to assemble a varied delegation in terms of age and experience.

Assessment takes the form of a tender process. The advisors select a maximum of 10 proposals out of all applications. The Creative Industries Fund NL will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

Applications
A proposal consists of:
 name, address, place of residence (see form)
 a letter of motivation that outlines how participation relates to the development of your design practice and clarifies your affinity with South Korea
 plan/description of the proposed activities. In the case of this open call: a proposal for the presentation of a design object during the Seoul Design Festival, which reflects the theme of Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design, as well as clear images of the object
 indication of transport possibilities for selected object
 CV
 proof of registration with Chamber of Commerce.

For each selected proposal the Creative Industries Fund NL is allocating an incentive grant of maximum € 2800, to be used for:
 travel and accommodation costs for eight-day stay in South Korea
 transportation of the selected object to Seoul.

Deadline
Submit the proposal, including letter of motivation, by 31 August 2014 at the latest, using the online application form of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The call is the only opportunity to receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Seoul Design Festival. The selection of proposals in this first round will be announced by email and in the newsletters of the Creative Industries Fund NL not later than 22 September 2014.

Procedure
Proposals may only be submitted digitally through the Creative Industries Fund NL online application form. Select the grant round entitled: Open Call Participation Seoul Design Festival. For more information about online applications, see: stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/latest/news/469/conditions_for_online_applications

The procedure for an open call is described in the General Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals will receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

Further information:
 To receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible to register after you have been selected.
 It is not possible to present a concept proposal to the Fund office.
 Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their proposal by e-mail not later than one week after the deadline.
 The Fund office will contact selected participants.

For any questions concerning the open call procedure, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, 010-4361600, j.vanweenen@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival in South Korea

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.

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8 jul '14

Prior notice: Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015

In October the Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015 for Dutch presentations during the Salone del Mobile, one of the most influential events regarding furniture and product design. The Fund calls for designers to submit innovative proposals to present their work during this fair.
With this call, the Fund encourages the building of a network of sustainable, relevant relationships at home and abroad and the international reputation of the Dutch creative industry.

Are you planning on going to Milan with your design(s)? Keep an eye on our newsletter.

For more information please contact Nazanin Hedayati, secretary of the Grant Programme for Internationalization: n.hedayati@stimuleringsfonds.nl

Note: This call is the only way to receive support from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Salone del Mobile 2015.

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8 jul '14

Prior notice: Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015

In October the Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015 for Dutch presentations during the Salone del Mobile, one of the most influential events regarding furniture and product design. The Fund calls for designers to submit innovative proposals to present their work during this fair.

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6 jul '14

Play Khayelitsha, Cape Town

The Play Khayelitsha city gaming initiative challenged stakeholders to transform a township into a true town. From 8 to 15 July, Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners in Khayelitsha Business District (KBD), informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in Play Khayelitsha. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’ was part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event.
Khayelitsha, which is the Xhosa word for ‘our new home’, is the second largest township in South Africa and is part of Cape Town. Khayelitsha’s youthful population is striving to improve living conditions there, while the community involved in the Khayelitsha Business District (KDB) development project is endeavouring to improve the surroundings. However, the process is being hampered by large tracts of land that remain empty, limited infrastructure and a lack of investment.

Will it be the passionate local businesspeople who save the township’s empty heart? Will it be the government that is seeking better cooperation with local organizations? Will it be a Chinese investor who decides to take a risk in Khayelitsha? Or will it be the urban developers with their innovative zoning regulations?

Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners involved in the KDB development project, informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in the ‘Play Khayelitsha’ city gaming initiative in early July. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’, which was also part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme, was held at the Department of Design, an initiative of the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.

Project partners
Play Khayelitsha was a city-gaming initiative of Play the City and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) and was supported by Cape Town City Council, the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.

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6 jul '14

Play Khayelitsha, Cape Town

The Play Khayelitsha city gaming initiative challenged stakeholders to transform a township into a true town. From 8 to 15 July, Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners in Khayelitsha Business District (KBD), informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in Play Khayelitsha. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’ was part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event.

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23 jun '14

Conditions for online applications

Applying for a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL? From 26 June 2014, applications are submitted online. Receive your login details now and familiarize yourself on time with the new online application form at da.stimuleringsfonds.nl.
To simplify the application procedure at the Creative Industries Fund NL, from now on you can submit your grant application in a new online application environment. This allows you to fill in and send your application directly online. In addition, the application form is now user-friendlier and you can easily review and change your project details. Applications for the application rounds with deadline dates in August (8 Aug. for the programmes Architecture, E-culture and Internationalization; and 15 Aug. for the programme Design) may only be submitted via the online application procedure.

We have made the application environment and the application procedure as user-friendly as possible, without losing sight of security and accuracy. Creating your personal user account and becoming familiar with this new application environment can take some time. So start your online application in good time (at least two weeks before the closing date for applications. You can find the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL at da.stimuleringsfonds.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact us by e-mail or telephone.

Conditions for online applications
Create your account: Before you can make an online application, you must first create a personal user account. You can do this by selecting the option Register new account in da.stimuleringsfonds.nl. You will then receive a confirmation email and the Creative Industries Fund NL will validate your new account. Validation by the Fund takes a maximum of 1 working day.
Start an application: With your personal user account you can then log in and start a new application using the option New application.
View pages and questions: If you make a new application, you can go through all pages and questions with the help of the menu on the left side. Please note that details entered will only be saved once you click Save at the bottom of the page.
You can work on the application over a period of time: Details you have entered can be saved.
The Fund does not read the details you have entered: Only after your application has been completed and submitted, the application will be accessible for the secretaries at the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Frequently asked questions
I created an account but have not received any confirmation?
Check your spam folder to see whether your confirmation has ended up there.
I created an account and received a confirmation email, but I still cannot log in?
Validation of an account by the Fund can take up to one working day. Try logging in again at a later moment.
The online application environment is not responding?
You may be using an old web browser. You can visit the page using another web browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome).
Are my details secure?
Your details are stored securely and will not be used for other purposes.
I want to apply to the Grant Programme for Activities Programmes; can I also do it online?
We are currently working to make the online application environment suitable for the Grant Programme for Activities Programmes. We expect it to be possible by 15 July at the latest.
Is your question not listed here? Then contact us at: 010 436 16 00 or via info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

NB: Grant applications for the programmes Multi-Year Programmes, Talent Development, TAX Video Clip Fund, Game fund and Transmedia are not submitted via the online application environment.

>> da.stimuleringsfonds.nl

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