Digital Lab Africa kicks off its fourth edition at Tshimologong Precinct

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Digital content creators called to participate in DLA#4

Africa’s reference platform for next-gen content, Digital Lab Africa (DLA), has launched its next call for applications. In its fourth edition, all creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan African countries are invited to apply to take part in the DLA#4 acceleration programme  before 1st March, 2020.

Managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct since 2018, DLA is an initiative of the Embassy of France and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS). Applications for DLA#4 are open to both cultural and creative industries including artists, producers, designers, collectives, students or entrepreneurs.

Chief Executive of the Tshimologong Precinct, Lesley Donna Williams, says that DLA remains a key component of the Precinct’s ‘African Digital Innovation’ initiative: “While the need for quality content remains paramount, DLA#4 will focus on finding the most innovative creatives Africa has to offer. We are hoping that this edition’s projects will be innovative in terms of form, storytelling, content and technologies used.”

The Pan African accelerator focuses on 5 key categories: immersive realities, video games, music, animation and digital art. The programme is also supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), SACEM, TRACE, TV5 Monde Afrique and several French and Sub-Saharan African partners.

Selected applicants will be given a DLA Incubation Pass to fast track the development of their project. Alongside mentorship and training sessions, the DLA #4 winners will be hosted in residency in France and also attend industry events such as Annecy Animation festival, Newimages, Paris Games Week or Les Nuits Sonores in France and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation festival in South Africa.

To apply visit #4DLA

About the Tshimologong Digital Content Hub

Established in 2016 in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct incubates digital entrepreneurs and grows the skills pipeline for the digital economy through collaboration with academia, corporates, government and entrepreneurs. In July 2018, Tshimologong Precinct launched a Digital Content Hub, an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). The idea of establishing a Digital Content Hub is born from an existing collaboration between Tshimologong Precinct and Digital Lab Africa, an initiative launched by IFAS in 2016 to support African start-ups creating multimedia content. Tshimologong Precinct and IFAS have thus joined forces to integrate the existing Digital Lab Africa programme within the Digital Content Hub.

More about IFAS

As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural action of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events and scientific projects throughout the country. Of these, the audiovisual projects develop links and long-term partnerships between the South African and the French cultural industries in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks.

More about Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is France’s inclusive public development bank. AFD commits financing and technical assistance to projects that genuinely improve everyday life, both in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas provinces. Through a network of 85 field offices, AFD currently finances, monitors, and assists more than 2,500 development projects in 108 countries.

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