DMF Kickstart is a project fund to support new content that pushes the envelope of creative story-telling, is interactive, and explores options such as transmedia or multi-channel approaches.
With this fund we want to provide an interested audience with something different and/or meaningful using the opportunities offered by digital media.
Our digital funding focuses on projects that target special interest audiences: children and youth, ethnic and other minorities in the community, arts and Māori. These audiences are not always well served by mainstream media. We see digital channels as a way to deliver quality local content outside a broadcast context.
Competition is tough! In 2013/14 there was $600,000 available for two projects. We received more than 60 applications totalling more than $15 million.
This fund is now closed for 2014.
DMF Kickstart will fund innovative, interactive content and applications, including: web and mobile applications, software with a connection to the New Zealand audio/visual or cultural sector, games, transmedia and multi-platform projects.
The deadline for submissions was 1 July 2014.
The first stage of applying is to submit a 3-4 page summary outline of your proposed project. At this stage we require a rough budget estimate and enough detail to get a good sense of what you want to do. A shortlist of up to six projects will be selected.
The second stage applies to the shortlisted applicants, who will be required to submit a full proposal.
The dates for the 2014/15 funding round are:
May 22nd 2014: an initial ‘call for ideas’
July 1st 2014: proposals due
August 1st: Shortlisted applicants notified
October 13th 2014: proposals due
December 12th 2014: successful applicants notified