Photo - Kamil Othman, Vice President, Creative Multimedia Cluster, MDeC
According to Malaysian national ICT agency MDeC, to spur the nation's creative content creation more incentives and grants have been packaged in the 8th edition of MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge Series, which is being held from 1 August to 30 September.
Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] vice president, creative multimedia cluster, Kamil Othman said MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia IPCC 2014 will help increase number of locally created intellectual properties (IPs) by funding multimedia companies and individuals with creative talent to take their ideas to the next level.
Kamil said both amateurs and professionals from the creative multimedia industry can submit and pitch their creative content ideas to try and secure funding to the competition themed 'I Love Comedy.'
"The vast economic potential of the creative multimedia industry allows for the sector to be one of the significant contributors to MSC Malaysia's revenue, with RM6.39 billion [US$2.03 billion] contributed in 2013, he said. Our focus in developing the sector into becoming one of the growth engines for the country, by targeting the core - both the budding digital content producers as well as established creative multimedia content creators through platforms such as the IPCC will allow us to unearth and enhance the capabilities of local talents."
As in previous cycles, the competition holds to three categories - animation, casual games and digital interactive comic. The increase in the amount of grants will help meet the increased costs of hardware and software, said Kamil.
This year, the animation and casual games categories will receive an increase of RM10,000 [US$3,173] in grant amount each, from RM50,000 [US$15,863] in 2013 to RM60,000 [US$19.036] this year, while the projects funded under these categories are reduced to 7 from 10 projects in 2013. In the digital interactive comics category, the grant amount will remain at RM25,000 [US$7,932], while the number of projects to be funded has increased to 6 in 2014, from 5 in the previous year.
Workshops with industry experts
IPCC 2014 will also organise a series of workshops and talks from international and local industry experts to assist the new IPCC 2014 participants, as well as the previous grants recipients in the development and monetization of their projects, on topics including include Financial, Production Management, Pitching, Marketing, Licensing, Merchandising, Creative, and Technical aspects of creative multimedia content, said Kai]mil.
A workshop was held in Kuala Lumpur on 27 August. There will also be workshops in the following locations
- Penang - 10 September 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton Penang
- Kuching - 15 September 2014 at Hilton Kuching
- Kota Kinabalu - 23 September 2014 at Sabah Animation & Creative Content Centre (SaC3)
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