What are the objectives of the Malta Digital Games Fund?
The objectives of this fund are threefold:
Who can apply?
Project funding is aimed towards:
What is the maximum amount that this fund can cover?
This fund has two phases. For each phase the grant amount shall not exceed 75% of the total eligible costs incurred. The phases will be administered as follows:
The grant requested for Phase 1 shall not exceed €10,000 and should be used towards the development of a Game Slice and obtaining age classification rating.
The grant requested for Phase 2 shall not exceed €35,000 and should be used for the continuation of the development of the game with the aim of producing a complete digital game.
Is there a minimum amount of funding which can be considered?
The minimum grant for a project to be supported is €20,000.
On what basis will my application be assessed?
The Evaluation Board will base its decision to fund your proposal upon seven criteria:
What does the evaluation procedure involve?
Eligible applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Board made up of independent evaluators according to established criteria, where each criterion is allocated a number of specific marks. In order to be considered for funding, projects have to obtain an average of at least 50 marks. Nevertheless, the evaluation session and funding decisions depend on the quality of the submitted proposals and on the availability of the funds. Therefore obtaining 50 marks or more does not automatically mean that you will be awarded the funds. The Evaluation Board may decide not to allocate the total funds available for a particular call if the proposed projects do not reach the required level in terms of the fund criteria. A pitching session will also be organised for all candidates.
What is expected from the applicants during the pitching session?
The aim of the pitching session is to create an opportunity for applicants to further introduce their projects to the expert evaluators in person. The project applications will have already been reviewed by the evaluators before the pitching session. During the session, the project team should expand on the already submitted project description with comments, latest insights and additions. The pitch can be presented in a variety of formats but should not be longer than ten (10) minutes.
Applicants presenting any visuals or presentations requiring projection are to send in the relevant files by email at least 2 days before the pitching sessions. Files not received in time will not be allowed to be used. This ten-minute pitch may be followed by a Q&A session with the evaluation panel if deemed necessary.
Do I need official quotations annexed to my application form?
Yes, you are requested to attach quotations and any relevant supporting documentation to your application form. This includes quotations for all of the expenses, excluding not subcontracted person hours, quoted in your budget and confirmation letters of collaborators in your project.
What makes my project ineligible?
Projects will first be screened in terms of eligibility. Ineligible proposals shall not be processed further and shall not undergo evaluation. For a full list of ineligible conditions, please refer to page 5 of the guidelines and regulations.
By when do I need to implement the project if I get funded?
Phase 1 of the project has to be implemented between the 8th July – 29th December 2017. No extensions can be approved for this phase. The applicant chosen to proceed to Phase 2 should complete the digital game by 25th January 2019. Extensions may be approved subject to cleat justification.
How many application deadlines are there each year for the Malta Digital Games Fund?
There is 1 application deadline each year for the Malta Digital Games Fund. Deadlines can be found on the ACM website and also on the guidelines. For 2017, the deadline to apply is 6th June.
What is expected to be submitted?
Except where specified, all documentation should be submitted in either hard and digital or electronic scanned copy.
(a) Application form
(b) Mandatory documentation
(c) Additional documentation (if available)
How can I submit an application?
Applications can be submitted electronically or in hard copy. Applicants opting to submit a hard copy should also provide a copy of all the documentation on USB or other digital media.
All applications should be submitted by not later than 12:00hrs (noon) on the 6th June 2017.
Electronic applications are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copy applications should reach the following address by hand or by post:
Arts Council Malta
16, Casa Scaglia,
Mikiel Anton Vassalli Street,
Valletta VLT 1311.
The electronic and digital copies of the application should contain three separate folders, named and containing the relevant information as specified in the guidelines.
Late applications will be considered ineligible.
Are expansions of already existing games eligible for funding?
Project at an advanced stage does not include expansions of existing games so long as the expansion has a whole set of play narratives being developed from scratch, involves new graphics, new storylines, new play dynamics, new monetizing features and a new storyline, characters and game landscape - or a mix of these.
Can age group rating be other than Pan European Game Information (PEGI)?
Other rating bodies can be used to have the game officially rated as long as they are internationally recognised.