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Dutch game developers selected for Gamescom 2018
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Dutch game developers selected for Gamescom 2018

25 July 2018

The 10th edition of Gamescom is being held in Cologne from 21 to 25 August 2018. With more than 350,000 visitors from 106 countries, Gamescom is the most important gathering for the games industry in Europe, for business as well as consumer markets. For Creative Industries Fund NL it is important that young, highly talented Dutch game developers are able to present their work on an internationally oriented platform like Gamescom. This year the Fund is supporting five game developers in the Holland Pavilion.
More than 30,000 business visitors, including media, publishers, investors, developers and influencers, visited the fair in 2017. For game companies it represents an ideal opportunity to network and establish long-standing relationships with Dutch and international contacts.

Holland Pavilion
For this edition, the Dutch Games Association (DGA) is organizing the Holland Pavilion within the B2B area of Gamescom for the eighth time. Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting the DGA’s organizational management of the pavilion, where there is space to showcase established as well as start-up creatives. The Fund is keen to help young makers gain experience in presenting themselves in a professional way and give them the opportunity to showcase their games.

open call selection
Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting several game developers, selected by means of an open call that was widely publicized across the networks of the Dutch Games Association and the Dutch Game Garden.

The selected games are:
Mish Mash
Doron Hirsch
Fromto
Erik Habets
Puzzle and games
Daan Kreek
Space Vikings
Luuk Waarbroek
Bolt Storm
Luka Kvirikashvili

Show Your Courage
A new component in the Holland Pavilion is the ‘Show Your Courage’ programme, which focuses on networking and sharing expertise. Practice has taught us that young game developers are often lacking in experience in this regard, and the barrier to conversing with parties such as investors or publishers is high. That is why the Holland Pavilion has created a ‘Show Your Courage’ corner where young game developers have the opportunity to make contact with inspiring and prominent parties from the games industry. The DGA has invited several relevant parties to attend, with whom young developers and other professionals can discuss their tailored questions. These sessions will also be filmed and can be followed live via the website of Gamescom.

Indie Arena
The Fund is also supporting two Dutch developers whose work is being showcased in the Indie Arena. This is a zone in the B2C area where independent game developers from around the world can present their games to a wider public. Gamescom has chosen to highlight two games by Dutch developers: ‘Swords & Soldiers 2’ (Ronimo Games) and ‘Deliver Us The Moon’ (Keoken).
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Mish Mash, Doron Hirsch

Photo above: Gamescom 2016, Tamara Robeer

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6 Sept: Grant Programme for Internationalization Advice

8 August 2018

Do you want to submit an application for the third round of the Grant Programme for Internationalization and do you have a specific plan that you wish to present to the Fund’s staff? If so, then register now for the Grant Programme for Internationalization Consultation Session that Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
The Internationalization team will be ready to offer advice and help you to improve the application. With this grant programme the Fund supports projects that substantively contribute to nurturing, publicizing and reinforcing the international position of today’s creative industries.

date: Thursday, 6 September
time: between 16:00 and 19:00 (each consultation lasts a maximum of 20 minutes)
venue: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

registration
Register by 2 September at the latest via [email protected], mentioning ‘Grant Programme for Internationalization Consultation Session’ in the subject line. In the message provide your name, organization and the country (or countries) where you intend to implement the project, as well as the discipline(s) involved.

Photo above: Aad Hoogendoorn
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22 sept: Meet-up Istanbul | Sustainable and Inclusive Cities through Design

8 August 2018

On Saturday, 22 September, Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing a meet-up in Istanbul around the projects selected from the Open Call Turkey #1. In late 2018, Dutch designers and cultural organizations were invited to submit a plan for a project, intervention or process that employs design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Turkey.
With Prof. Asu Aksoy as moderator, the teams will talk about their visions for more sustainable and inclusive cities in the Turkish context. What are their interpretations of this? And what experiences have they gained in Turkish-Dutch cooperation during the initial phase of their projects?

The meet-up is an opportunity for Dutch and Turkish parties in the field of culture and design to meet each other and share expertise. It will also be possible to pose any questions to Yasmin Kursun and Zineb Seghrouchni of Creative Industries Fund NL. In the autumn the Fund will be issuing a second open call, focusing on challenges involved in urbanization in Turkey.

meet-up Istanbul
The meet-up is being held from 10:30 to 14:00 on Saturday, 22 September, in association with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, during the opening days of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

time: Doors open at 10:30. 11:00 – 14:00 (EEST), with refreshments
venue: Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Beyoğlu
language: English

speakers and projects
Toroslar Interactive CityLab
Speakers: Dr. Nida Naycı and Dr. Mehmet Ali Mazmancı
Nida Naycı and Mehmet Ali Mazmancı (Mersin University, Faculty of Architecture) introduce an interactive method for city-making in conjunction with Play the City (NL).

Lüleburgaz Bisiklete Biniyor – cycling for a better city
Speakers: Berrin Benli and Melih Gezer
Berrin Benli and Melih Gezer (Novusens Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, Ankara) are working with Sustainable Solutions (NL) and Artgineering (BE) to develop an integrated cycle strategy and roadmap in Lüleburgaz, to serve as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network
Speakers: Dr. Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş and Hande Dönmez
World Resources Institute Turkey, Sustainable Cities (TR) and FABRICations (NL) are carrying out design-based research in which they treat cycling as a driver for sustainable urban development as well as a means of tackling issues such as waste, gentrification and the improvement of public spaces.

Turkish and Dutch Farming Practices Learn from Each Other
Speaker: Barış Samir (engineer, economist, biogas- and energy expert)
Together with various Turkish partners, IND [Inter.National.Design] (NL) is introducing an innovative agriculture project in Erzincan that integrates arable farming, animal husbandry, science, architecture and art.

Moderator: Prof. Asu Aksoy, Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communications
Asu Aksoy has carried out research into urban and cultural transformations, specifically into migration and globalization, as well as into existing and prospective visions in these realms. She also has experience in TR-NL cooperation, including her role as the Istanbul curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.

registration
If you are interested in a project in Turkey, then you are very welcome to join our meet-up in Istanbul.
Please inform the Fund and the Netherlands Consulate General that you will be attending by sending an RSVP via [email protected], mentioning your name, function and organization, by 15 September at the latest.

Please contact Roxanne Minten or Yasmin Kursun of the Fund’s Internationalization team if you have any questions.
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Interest-free loans from Fonds Kwadraat

6 August 2018

Creative Industries Fund NL has been working with Fonds Kwadraat since 2014. The Fund provides grants for creatives, while Fonds Kwadraat issues interest-free loans to artists and designers. The cooperation between the two funds means there are financial possibilities for designers.
The aim of this collaboration is to enable makers and designers to continue their professionalization and elevate their entrepreneurial skills.
when can I request a loan?
A designer/maker cannot approach a bank for the (extra) funding of a project, certainly when this involves a relatively small amount. Designers are, however, able to approach Fonds Kwadraat, which has been successfully providing interest-free loans of up to €8,000 for more than 45 years.

An interest-free loan from Fonds Kwadraat can be requested for many different purposes, such as the development and realization of a design or idea, an exhibition or presentation in the Netherlands or abroad, participation in a fair such as the Salone del Mobile in Milan, a publication, or equipment that is needed to create new work.

Made to Mend
Designer Heleen Klopper is investing in her Made to Mend project (in Dutch only) for which she already received a grant from the Fund. With this positive evaluation in hand she could arrange an interest-free loan with Fonds Kwadraat, for a component of her proposal that was not eligible for subsidy. The loan agreement was concluded immediately, as a review by Fonds Kwadraat’s committee is unnecessary if there is already a positive evaluation from Creative Industries Fund NL. Klopper will repay the loan by means of automatic monthly payments over the next three years.

'With the loan from Fonds Kwadraat I’m funding the initial production run. I’ll be using it to pay the tailors.’


When asked why the loan, in addition to the grant, was important to her, Heleen answered: ‘Made to Mend will be shown at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and during the Engaged Art Fair at De Balie in Amsterdam, where I’ll be presenting a jacket and a bag. With the loan from Fonds Kwadraat I’m funding the initial production run. I’ll be using it to pay the tailors.’
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Made to Mend is a collection of basic garments, made from a woven textile with integrated repair possibilities that bear traditional darning and mending in mind. The guiding principle for these garments is that they are easy to maintain and repair.

funding mix
Makers and designers who receive a positive evaluation from Creative Industries Fund NL can arrange an interest-free loan at any point. The loan can be requested for:

components of proposals supported Creative Industries Fund NL that are not eligible for grants or as extra funding alongside the amount awarded by the Fund;
projects that have received a positive assessment from the Fund, but because of a lack of Fund resources are not (or only partially) eligible for a grant;
the follow-up to a plan or project that has been positively evaluated by the Fund within the last 12 months.

If a grant has been awarded by the Fund up to 12 months prior to a loan application, then there is no need for Fonds Kwadraat’s committee to evaluate the project plan: the loan can be issued immediately. And designers who received a grant from the Fund more than a year ago, or who have not applied for or received a grant, can still apply to Fonds Kwadraat for a loan, subject to evaluation by a committee.

practical information
An interest-free loan from Fonds Kwadraat can be separate or complementary to a grant, crowd-funding, sponsoring or a combination thereof. The loan is between €500 and €8,000. The repayment is by monthly instalments over a maximum of three years. For a loan of more than €5,000 a guarantee is required. Examples of projects that Fonds Kwadraat has funded can be found here (in Dutch only, but with plenty of visual content).

Do you want to apply for a loan directly, without it being tied to a grant? There are five application rounds per year. The next deadline is 9 September 2017.

For further information visit the website of Fonds Kwadraat or contact Francine Mendelaar: T +31 (0)20 6255112 / E [email protected].

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Vouchers available for foreign presentations

25 July 2018

Are you planning to present your work outside the Netherlands or has a foreign organization invited you to speak at a conference or symposium? If so, then you can apply to the Fund for a Voucher for Presentations Abroad. Via this fast-track procedure you can receive a contribution towards travel, accommodation, transportation and presentation costs. Sissel Marie Tonn-Petersen and Team Thursday have previously received this voucher. They explain what foreign presentations mean for them and how to gain the most from your visit.
where are we going?
Vouchers are issued to creatives and designers who have received an invitation from a foreign party. A substantial contribution by this inviting party, in terms of financing or facilitation, is important in this regard. We asked Sissel Marie and Simone (of Team Thursday) about their considerations when accepting an invitation from abroad. Sissel Marie: ‘For me the most important aspect is that the exhibition is interesting and relevant for my work and, if it involves a group exhibition, that I think the work of the other artists is relevant and interesting in combination with mine. In addition I make sure the space has a convincing and contemporary profile. Of course it is also important that they offer reasonable financial and organizational conditions for showing the work.’ Simone: ‘It also depends on whether we have time and whether the presentation contributes to our practice and the things we want to achieve within it.’

‘It also depends on whether we have time and whether the presentation contributes to our practice and the things we want to achieve within it.’


value for your practice
Simone: ‘Our presentation during the Young Guns programme at the TYPO Berlin conference this spring helped us to establish connections with other designers and the organizers, as well as visibility for our studio among TYPO’s visitors.’
Sissel: ‘In April I presented The Intimate Earthquake Archive at Ballroom Marfa in Texas. My interactive installation transforms data from earthquakes caused by gas extraction in Groningen into vibratory compositions on the body. It was a huge pleasure to be invited for the Hyperobjects show by curators Laura Copelin and Timothy Morton. I was interested in taking part in the exhibition because I was curious how Timothy saw my work in comparison with his idea of the “hyperobject”. Moreover, I found it intriguing that I could transfer a project so specific to the Netherlands to Texas and could observe the kinds of tensions and overlaps that might occur.’
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Sissel Marie Tonn-Petersen, The Intimate Earthquake Archive at Ballroom Marfa

make the most of it
Simone: ‘It really depends on what you want to get from a place, but use your time efficiently and contact the people, organizations and suchlike that you would like to speak to in advance. In 2015, when we went to Seoul with a voucher for a presentation at the Typojanchi Biennale, we approached plenty of designers and venues in advances and therefore went on various studio visits. It was great to see more of their work, and this was partly why we were subsequently asked to give workshops at two universities in Seoul.’
Sissel: ‘It’s not something I’m very good at, but researching who might come to your opening or could be interesting to network with on the spot can be really useful. For example, I later realized that there were several key people from the world of environmental activism who are protesting against oil and gas drilling in the region. I wish I had taken the time to reach out to people before they came along, because once I was there I was too busy setting up and I had less time to network with people.’

‘It is wise to maintain contact with the people you’ve met soon after your departure.’


stay in touch
Sissel: ‘It is wise to maintain contact with the people you’ve met soon after your departure. And also ensure that you attend any social gatherings that are organized around the event and talk with the other artists, designers and curators who are there.’ Simone: ‘We ultimately hope that our presentation at TYPO Berlin was sufficiently convincing and that it will potentially lead to a follow-up. We are trying as far as possible to stay in contact with the network we built up through Instagram, mail and our newsletter.’ Sissel: ‘I keep people updated about new developments using carefully chosen newsletters, taking care that people don’t feel you’re spamming them, or via Instagram, which to me seem to be the best options.’

submitting applications in 2018
Just like Sissel Marie and Simone, you can submit an application via the Fund’s online application environment. For 2018 the application procedure has been slightly modified to make it quicker and thus better attuned to the procedure’s aims and objectives. A personal, well-founded invitation together with an explanation of your own vision and approach remains an important component of the application and evaluation.

voucher procedure
The Voucher Procedure is supplementary to the Fund’s existing grant programmes. You can apply from four months up to one month prior to the starting date of the presentation. Applications are processed within five weeks.
Read more about the Voucher procedure.

vouchers issued
You can find an overview of all the vouchers that have already been issued in 2018 here.

Photo above: Presentation by Team Thursday at the TYPO Berlin international design conference, 2018

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