Emphasising creative story-telling

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.


Overview

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.


Showcase

Coconet.tv

February 2014

Coconet.tv

A virtual island homeland brings life to digital Pacific content.

Sign Ninja

June 2014

Sign Ninja

An exciting and innovative learning game for New Zealand Sign Language.


Strategy

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.


Apply for funding

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


Previous Projects


Funding to date, 2013-14

Road Trip $300,000

Dec 2013 · KHF Media · DMF Kickstart

Sign Ninja $142,000

Dec 2013 · Deaf Aotearoa · DMF Kickstart