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Open Call for Participation in Gamescom Cologne 2015

Creative Industries Fund NL and the Dutch Games Association are calling on developers within the games industry to submit a proposal to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Gamescom Cologne 2015. This Open Call is the only opportunity to seek support from Creative Industries Fund NL to participate in this fair.

Gamescom Cologne is the leading European fair in the field of games, attracting not just Europeans, but visitors from Asia and North America as well. Gamescom has consumer as well as B2B sections, which makes it the ideal place for people from the games industry to establish useful contacts. Creative Industries Fund NL and the Dutch Games Association are collaborating with Control Magazine and the Dutch Game Garden to present a programme for young game developers during Gamescom Cologne 2015. The Dutch Games Association is once again responsible for organizing the Holland Pavilion during this year's Gamescom. Selected participants will have the opportunity to showcase their games at a demo spot in the open section of the Holland Pavilion.

The Fund is producing an international magazine about independent games from the Netherlands and the selected participants in association with Control Magazine. The Fund will be organizing pitch training for the participants prior to the Gamescom fair.

Applications
Send in your game, including your motivation, no later than 1 May 2015 via Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. First, select Open Call at the question 'For which grant programme do you want to apply?'. Then select Open Call - Gamescom Cologne 2015. The proposal, as a PDF in standing A4 format, must consist of:
1. a description of the game;
2. the motivation for your participation;
3. a link to an online demo of the game that will be presented at Gamescom or a download link (Dropbox);
4. concise CVs or a brief description of the studios, designers and creatives involved (max. 1 page per person or organization).

If the application fails to meet the criteria outlined above, it will not be possible to include it in the actual evaluation. Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail by 8 May 2015 at the latest.

Evaluation
In consultation with external advisers from Control Magazine and Dutch Game Garden, the Fund will select a maximum of 10 proposals from the submissions. These advisers will assess the extent to which the proposals satisfy this Open Call's objectives, paying particular attention to the quality of the game being presented and the motivation of the participants. Applicants should meet the following guidelines:

operate as a sole trader, freelancer or VOF partnership;
be a start-up (no more than 5 years old);
have no more than 5 employees;
be participating in the Holland Pavilion at Gamescom for the first time (though organizations which participated in INDIGO at Gamescom 2013 are welcome to apply).

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: the panel of advisers will select a maximum of 10 proposals. The Fund will only communicate about the chosen proposals and will not enter into any correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals.

Procedure
The Open Call procedure is described in the Fund's General Grant Programme Regulations. The selected proposals will receive funding via the Grant Programme for Internationalization. For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Marjoleine Timmer, 010-4361600, M.Timmer@stimuleringsfonds.nl

Further information:
The Fund will contact the selected parties. In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce. If that is not yet the case, then it is still possible to register subsequent to selection.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.
The selected proposals will be announced by e-mail and the Fund's newsletter by 15 June 2015 at the latest.

The Fund's mission is to augment the social and economic added value of the Dutch creative industries, including games developers, from a cultural perspective. Because of their excellent quality, the selected games will raise the international reputation of Dutch creative industries and contribute to improving their global market position. The participating game developers will have the opportunity to establish and build on structural relationships in the Netherlands and abroad. The Dutch Games Association (DGA) has been organizing the Holland Pavilion, where established as well as up-and-coming developers can present their work, for several years.

The importance of Gamescom is underscored by the presence of a great many companies from the USA and the UK. These countries host a considerable number of fairs themselves, yet these companies (by no means the smallest) still take the trouble to visit Cologne for Gamescom. This is indicative of the fair's reach and influence, which is much more than regional. To give a few examples: Steam/Valve (USA), Oculus Rift (USA), Epic Games (USA), Warner Bros. (UK office) and SEGA Europe (UK). It goes without saying that representatives of major platforms such as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Apple will also be present.