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Open Call: Participation in South by Southwest 2016

Open Call: Participation in South by Southwest 2016

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on creatives from the e-culture, film and games industry to submit a proposal that focuses on the 'Interactive' or 'Digital Domain' at the 2016 South by Southwest festival (SXSW). The Fund is making 10 grants available to a maximum of €6,000 per project. The Open Call is phased into two sub-calls: one for the Panel Picker and one for the remaining programme components. A precondition for support is that the proposal is selected by SXSW's organizers.

SXSW2016 takes place from 11 through 20 March 2016 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is one of the world's most important festivals and trade events in the fields of e-culture (interactive), film and music. It serves up an intriguing mix of major companies, start-ups and artistic productions. The festival focuses strongly on innovation and serves an important networking function for various sectors.

SXSW has an open structure with regards to the content of the programme. Anyone can submit proposals or projects to the organization, for which there are various deadlines. The Panel Picker for SXSW Interactive is open between 29 June and 24 July. For the latest information about submission deadlines, visit

The Open Call
The Fund's Open Call is primarily focused on interesting proposals by Dutch participants in the Interactive programme that is being staged from 11 through 15 March 2016, and the coinciding Digital Domain programme that is part of the Film programme.

The Open Call is subdivided into two submission moments. The first closing date, 24 July 2015 is exclusively focused on the Panel Picker for the Interactive programme. (N.B. SXSW's registration for the Panel Picker closes on the same day.) The second round is intended for the remaining programme components and closes on 11 November 2015, for which the Fund will issue a new Open Call later in the year.
The maximum contribution from the Fund is €6,000 per project. A precondition for actual support is that your project is also selected by the SXSW organization. You can submit a proposal for one of the following programme components:

• participation in the conference (panels/sessions/talks) for the Interactive and Digital Domain components – N.B. Registration for the Panel Picker at SXSW is possible between 29 June and 24 July 2015.
• participation in the Accelerator programme
• participation in the Interactive Trade Show
• participation in one of the award competitions

You can submit your proposal via Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. In the pull-down menus select the 'Open Call' button and the 'Participation in South by Southwest' round. The proposal must comprise:

• Personal details and bank details (name, address and IBAN);
• a plan/description of the project or activities, specific to one of the official festival programmes;
• a concise budget and financing scheme;
• motivation for participation;
• CV (max. two pages);
• a certificate of registration from a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

Please submit the proposal as a single PDF document of a maximum of 10 pages in A4 format that is no larger than 5 MB in size. If the proposal fails to meet this description, there is the risk that the contents will not be assessed.

The subsidy can be employed for:

• travel and accommodation costs for two people during SXSW;
• a maximum of two extra festival badges per project;
• the costs of participating in the event;
• material costs that are directly associated with participation in SXSW.

Each project proposal will be assessed in writing by three independent advisers. They check whether the project is an adequate fit with the Fund's overall objectives and its objectives for internationalization in particular. They also evaluate the quality of the plan and the degree to which the project fits with the context of SXSW. The Fund's objectives with respect to the Internationalization Programme are as follows:
• strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector;
• establishing long-term collaborative relationships;
• expanding the international sphere of activity.

In addition, the Fund has several sub-objectives specific to SXSW:
• facilitate successful participation in SXSW for individual parties;
• create collective added value where possible;
• enable participants to compare themselves with and keep abreast of international developments.

In the event of a positive advice, a maximum sum of €6,000 per proposal will be set aside. This amount will actually be awarded once the project has been selected to form part of the official programme by the SXSW organization.
The Fund is intending to support 10 projects and is therefore reserving a budget of €60,000. If the plan proposal or the budget give due cause, the contribution can be set at a lower amount. In the event of over-subscription, proposals that are not among the initial selection can, in consultation with the applicant, be placed on a reserve list. Then, in the event of funds being released by projects that are not admitted to the official SXSW programme, these reserve proposals can still be supported. The selection takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals are preferred above the others. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into any correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals.

The procedure for an Open Call is described in the Fund's General Subsidy Regulations. The selected proposals will receive a subsidy based on the Grant Programme for Internationalization. This Open Call is the only opportunity to receive support for participation in the SXSW Festival via Creative Industries Fund NL. The selection of the proposals in this first round will be made known to the applicants by e-mail. For questions about this Open Call and the procedure, please contact Hugo van de Poel, +31 (0)10-4361600, [email protected]

Further information
• In order to receive a subsidy you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then it is still possible to register subsequent to selection.
• Participants are personally responsible for the timely booking of travel and accommodation.
• Admission to the official SXSW programme is a prerequisite for support, but offers no guarantee of support from the Fund.

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Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators with an exemplary and/or distinctive practice in the creative industry to submit a project application for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and presentation with an international institution, organization or company with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call for Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is stimulating the artistic and professional development of designers who are embarking on an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the second open call in a series of three that will be issued each autumn through to 2020.

open call set-up
For this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 75,000 available in 2019. Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, for instance a research project, presentation or residency. The Fund is making a fixed sum of € 12,500 available for a residency and € 25,000 for other forms of collaboration.

The stipulations for being eligible for a grant are:
the project should take place largely or entirely outside the Netherlands;
the designer/maker/architect must have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner enjoys an excellent reputation;
there needs to be a reasonable amount of co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included at the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.

You can find an overview here and here of projects that were supported in previous rounds of the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context:

The application can be submitted until Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019'.

The application consists of:
1. A plan/description of the activities (max. 10 pages in A4 format), including:
the rationale for how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a clear and concise description of the international activities that will be undertaken;
a concise description of one or more foreign institutions, organizations or companies involved;
a motivation for the choice of this partner (or partners);
an explanation by the foreign institution, organization or company about the manner of collaboration and the intended outcome;
2. Budget and planning: an overview of estimated costs, income and planning, including an estimated number of hours to be spent. The project may not start until 13 November 2019 at the earliest.
3. CVs of the parties involved, with relevant information about work or other experience that is relevant to the proposed project (max. 2 pages).
4. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 pages in A4 format).
5. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) or a foreign equivalent.

If the application fails to satisfy the description outlined above, no evaluation of the content can take place;
Apply for your login for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail within one week after the deadline;
In order to receive a grant, you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

The evaluation of the applications involves consulting with a committee of external advisers. This panel gives a number of proposals precedence over the others. The committee determines to what extent the proposal:
advances talent development: the project fosters the further artistic or professional development of individual talent;
promotes artistic quality: the project focuses on the continuation, further development and promotion of one's personal ability, while the designer in question will be seen as an inspiring example for colleagues and a broader interested public;
strengthens the international reputation of the contemporary Dutch creative industries.

The committee will specifically consider:
the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (digital culture, design, architecture) have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company involved has an outstanding reputation;
the level and means of co-funding by the foreign partner;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the ongoing artistic and professional development of the maker involved;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the proposal is consistent in intent and purpose, the expertise involved and public reach;
the extent to which it is relevant for the Netherlands.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be given precedence above the others within the available budget. The Fund will communicate only on the selected proposals and not correspond on the rejection of individual proposals. The open call follows the procedure described in the Fund's Subsidy Regulations.

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL has allotted a maximum of € 125,000 for this open call. The maximum grant per application is € 25,000. The grant is emphatically intended for international activities that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers, makers, critics and/or curators who are active in the creative industries. The selected proposals receive a subsidy from an additional budget made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for internationalization and talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry wishes to use this budget to support top talent in order to achieve a strong international position. The selection will be announced by 13 November 2019 at the latest by e-mail and via the Fund's website.

more information
In 2019 the Fund is organizing a number of meet-ups with the current selection as well as completed projects from the period 2014-2018. The aim is to allow the various projects to exchange expertise and experiences.

If you have any questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Roxanne Minten or Anselm van Sintfiet by e-mail, or by phone: +31 (0)10 436 1600.

Open Call Researching Remix

Do you use 'remix' as a method to achieve innovative and experimental work? And within your practice, do you reflect on themes such as balance of power, ownership, appropriation and social inequality? For the Researching Remix Open Call, Metro54 and the Creative Industries Fund NL invite makers, collectives, organizers and thinkers to submit a project proposal. The deadline is Tuesday 2 July. The results of the selected works will be presented at the Dutch Design Week in October.

collaboration between the Fund and Metro54
As a platform, Metro54 follows experimental and innovative art, design, fashion, architecture, music and digital expressions very closely. In 2019, Metro54 is organizing the travelling annual programme Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?. This programme investigates the theme of cultural appropriation within contemporary urban arts & culture and is being realized in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL.

open call
Remix as a methodology and research method has a significant influence in urban arts & culture. We are interested in projects that are able to relate critically to this influence and, in so doing, reflect on themes such as the balance of power, ownership and cultural appropriation.
For this open call we are looking for new, interdisciplinary and many-voiced remix work that contributes to innovation in the fields of (graphic) productions, graphic design, fashion, architecture, visual culture and digital culture. Themes such as agency, recognition and ownership play an important role in the intended projects. We are also particularly interested in how remix as a research method or methodology plays a role in your practice proposal.

group exhibition
The selected proposals for new work will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition and programme This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix. In this way, curator Metro54 wants to draw attention to design, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.

If you would like to present an idea or if you have any questions about the open call, come to the in-store meetup on Thursday 6 June from 19:00 to 21:00 at Daily Paper in Amsterdam. Metro54 and Fund staff will be present.

If you have any questions about the content of this open call, you can also contact Metro54. For questions about submitting your proposal, please contact Sean Gillis or Zineb Seghrouchni or by telephone at 010 436 16 00.

practical information about your application
Who can submit a proposal?
Individual makers, designers, thinkers, collectives and organizers of new, interdisciplinary and diverse work can submit a proposal.

When is the deadline?
you can submit your application here
the open call closes on 2 July 2019
the selection will be announced in the third week of July

What is the available budget?
maximum € 4,000 per proposal for making new work (including VAT, where applicable)
a minimum of four proposals will be supported

What do you need to provide?
project plan: in text and/or images; the inclusion of web links to online material, films, etc. is permitted
proof of the applying party's registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

What is the evaluation of the proposal based on?
vision on remix as a research method and methodology
extent to which reflection on themes that influence urban arts & culture has been developed
boldness and inventiveness
feasibility of the proposal

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