Creative Industries Fund NL presents 14 Dutch creatives at SXSW
Creative Industries Fund NL is presenting 14 Dutch creatives at South by Southwest 2016 in Austin, Texas, where they will be showcasing their projects, products and ideas. South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the world’s leading festivals in the realms of technology, film and music. From a game that combats fear and depression to an interactive documentary that was devised specially for smartphones: the selection demonstrates the riches of the Dutch creative industries in the fields of technological innovation, games, design, virtual reality, film and transmedia storytelling.
Games for dealing with bereavement, fear and depression
Most remarkable this year is the strong representation of VR games and platforms. The meditative VR game ‘Deep’, developed by Owen Harris in association with Niki Smit (Monobanda), counteracts stress, angst and mild depression. ‘The Shoebox Diorama’ by interactive illustrator Daniel Ernst unleashes the user in a labyrinth of interactive VR games and stories. There are also experimental interactive stories, such as ‘EXIT’ by the Dutch-American duo Jongsma and O’Neill, where you can experience an alternative to fatalistic thinking about the coming end of time. IDFA DocLab, which is also part of the Dutch SXSW selection, is offering a cross-sectional sample of these VR developments with a showcase full of exemplary projects.
Creative Industries Fund NL at SXSW
South by Southwest festival 2016 takes place from 11 through 20 March 2016 in Austin, Texas and offers an intriguing mix of major companies, start-ups and artistic productions. The festival is strongly focused on innovation and serves as an important networking platform for various sectors. Last year the Fund called on creatives from the e-culture, film and games industries to submit a proposal for the festival programme. The following 14 creatives were awarded a grant for the international presentation of their projects: