The best of African multimedia production displayed and awarded thanks to Digital Lab Africa!
Johannesburg, 7 November 2016
The 5 winning projects of DIGITAL LAB AFRICA 1st edition, a springboard for African talent in multimedia, have been announced on Friday 4 November at DISCOP Johannesburg, Africa’s premier TV content industry event. This announcement closed with a bang a 3-day programme dedicated to the next generation of producers in the digital age and tomorrow’s content in Africa (Virtual Reality, Web Creation, Transmedia, Digital Music, and Video Game).
With more than 500 visitors across the 3 days of DISCOP, the DLA space was one of the most popular. The VR corner offered delegates a unique opportunity to experience the best of international VR content, including productions from DLA partners such as Arte and Okio-Studio. The workshops organised on the 2nd day featured panels of key industry players offering insights to keep up with future developments, based on case studies and on-going projects from the best in their fields.
The pitch competition on 2 November displayed the best of African multimedia and digital content production, with 15 finalists selected out of 522 entries from 30 countries. The 5 winning projects (1 per category) will receive a 3000EUR cash prize. More importantly, they will get mentorship support and will be part of an incubation programme in France to develop their project together with the DLA partners, international leading companies in multimedia such as TRACE, Lagardère Studios and Believe Digital.
The 5 winning projects are:
DIGITAL MUSIC: Baya Ciamala / BAZIKS PULSE (Congo RDC)
Congolese & Afro music online platform / baziks-pulse.com
VIRTUAL REALITY: Yetunde Dada / ROUND ROUND (South Africa)
VR choregraphic experience about transgender identity / www.shariffa.com
SERIOUS GAME : Kaba Diakité Amadou / POINTS (Ivory Coast)
PC and mobile app logical game / www.workd-group.com
WEB CREATION : Ayodele Elegba / AREA DADDY (Nigeria)
2D humoristic series about family life / spoofanimation.com
TRANSMEDIA : John DeVries / REBORN / (South Africa)
Epic transmedia and interactive web series / www.thfilms.net
« After our successful launch at DISCOP Abidjan and the overwhelming response to the call for projects, the success of DLA @DISCOP Joburg and the selection of the winning projects represent a new milestone for Digital Lab Africa. It reinforces our positioning as a platform for tomorrow’s content in Africa and the relevance of our partnership with DISCOP», says Frédéric Chambon, Founder and Producer of Digital Lab Africa.
« Digital Lab Africa was the new big thing of DISCOP 2016 edition and a huge success, confirming the importance of multimedia content for the African TV landscape in the digital age. As DISCOP AFRICA, we strongly support the next generation of producers and the initiatives dedicated to this new content such as Digital Lab Africa », explains Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, founding manager of DISCOP AFRICA.
All the DLA@DISCOP pitch and workshop sessions were live streamed on Facebook and are still available on our Facebook page.