[PRESS RELEASE] DIGITAL LAB AFRICA REVEALED THE 10 WINNING PROJECTS AT NEXT, CANNES, FRANCE
Johannesburg, May, 10th, 2018
On May 10th, the 10 winning projects of Digital Lab Africa’ second edition have been revealed at Next, the innovation hub of the Cannes Film Festival Market, in the presence of some of the DLA partners.
After viewing all the “video pitch” on Digital Lab Africa dedicated platform (vote.digilabafrica.com) and interviewing the 30 finalists, the selection committees members have selected the 10 winning projects of DLA’ second edition!
Among more than 730 applications, 10 creatives (5 women and 5 men) from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique & Zimbabwe stood out for their talent, their creativity and their ability to defend their ideas.
The 10 winners get a 3 000 euros cash prize and a tailored-made incubation programme to accelerate their project development with 2 mentors, from French & Sub-Saharan creative industries ecosystem, a residence period in France within a digital cluster/hub, and participation in industry events in France and/or in Sub-Saharan African region.
AND THE 10 WINNERS OF DLA’ SECOND EDITION ARE…
Dimbit by Feben Elias (ETHIOPIA)
Nwavu, the Blind Man by João Graça (MOZAMBIQUE)
*Animation Selection Committee
Stuart Forrest, Triggerfish Animation Studios (South Africa) | Abel Kouamé, Afrika Toon (Ivory Coast) | Eric Réginaud, Ciclic (France)
Future Lab Africa by Jepchumba & Tegan Bristow (KENYA)
The Foxy Five by Jabulile Nadia Newman (SOUTH AFRICA)
Request Africa by Ali Dennis (KENYA)
Mbira Online by Tafadzwa Sharaunga (ZIMBABWE)
Last Night A Haircut Saved My Life by Roxanne Dalton (SOUTH AFRICA)
II Worlds by Naomi van Niekerk & Arnaud van Vliet (SOUTH AFRICA)
* VIRTUAL REALITY Selection Committee
Chloé Jarry, Camera Lucida (France)|Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, Deep VR (South Africa), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya) | Ian Toullec, VR-Connection (France) |Caitlin Robinson, Electric South (South Africa)
Shadow Tongue by Alex Robert Ynclan & Thuso Terence Sibisi (SOUTH AFRICA)
Project Lumpa by Mwaaba Alec Mugala (ZAMBIA)
*Video Game Selection Committee
Francis Ingrand, SNJV/Plug In Digital (France), Nicholas Hall, Make Games SA/IESA (South Africa)
DLA AUDIENCE AWARD
Man Must Chop by Razahk Issaka (GHANA)
With 2382 votes out of 8781 in total!
Chosen by Internet users on DLA voting platform (vote.digilabafrica.com), this project wins a special prize (the DLA Audience Award) including an invitation to one of the DLA industry events in France or in sub-Saharan Africa.
ABOUT DIGITAL LAB AFRICA
Digital Lab Africa: the reference platform for next-gen content
Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is the 1st platform dedicated to creative content (web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation,digital music) linked with innovation in Africa (francophone & anglophone). The very idea of DLA is to incubate emerging creative talent by offering them a springboard to jump-start and accelerate their projects with the support and expertise of DLA partners & ecosystem (studios, event, producers, broadcasters, distributors, experts…)
Digital Lab Africa Call for Projects
The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, startups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to any individual from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production: web creation/transmedia, virtual reality, video game, animation and digital music.
Digital Lab Africa Pitch Competition
This platform allowed Internet users to anonymously vote for their favorite pitch (from April, 26th to May, 9th), without having to communicate their personal data.
The project which gathered the most votes on the platform has been awarded with a special prize (DLA Audience Award) including invitation (for 1 person) to one of the DLA Industry Events in France or in Sub-Saharan African region (flight ticket, accommodation & accreditation covered by DLA).