Saturday, September 22, 2012

MSC Malaysia IPCC and DIGICON competitions continue to spur Creative Content industry talent growth and development

Creation of over 1,097 jobs and registration of 349 Intellectual Property (IPs) to date attributed to MDeC’s Creative Multimedia Cluster initiatives

Cyberjaya, 20 September 2012 – The focus on the best local creative talent continues as the leading annual Malaysia creative industry showcase events including the 14th TBS Digicon6 Malaysian Leg, the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) Animation Super Pitch 2011/2012 finalists and the IPCC Grant recipients were all announced last night.

Vice President of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Kamil Othman, said “The Creative Multimedia Cluster continues to be a leading growth area within the MSC Malaysia, as it recorded total revenue of RM6.1 billion with export sales amounting to RM363.43 million last year”.

“Such an achievement would not be possible without industry insight, and who else better to provide input and sound advice, than the market leaders themselves,” quoted Kamil. The event was organised by MDeC, the lead agency and driver of MSC Malaysia’s National ICT Initiative.

The 14th TBS DigiCon6 competition, which saw a 25% increase in the number of submissions, is a collaborative effort between MDeC and the Tokyo Broadcast System (TBS). The competition is also assisted by other partners namely MAXIS, Animation Society of Malaysia (ANIMAS), Juice Magazine and the Educational partners, The One Academy, Multimedia University, Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology and University Kuala Lumpur.

A public voting platform was also provided by MAXIS via, which allowed the public to gauge and decide in the selection of the TBS DigiConn6 Malaysian Leg top 10 finalists.

Kamil explained that the annual TBS DigiCon6 Awards is a competition which recognises and rewards talented digital content creators throughout Asia. For this year’s competition, entries were received from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.

He said the grand prize winner of the Malaysian Leg TBS DigiCon6 Awards will be fully sponsored by TBS to attend the 14th TBS DigiCon6 Awards ceremony, scheduled to be held on November 16, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan, while the second and third prize winners’ flight tickets will be sponsored by MDeC.

The evening also witnessed the announcement of MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge 2012 winners. IPCC is a platform created to boost the number of locally created IPs. The competition received a tremendous response and brought in 129 applications.

Finalists of the MSC Malaysia IPCC Super Animation Pitch 2011/2012 meanwhile were tested on their market readiness by the panel of judges. The panel included representatives from the local and regional broadcasters; Media Prima, Astro Ceria, Tokyo Broadcasting System, MNC Pictures (Indonesia), Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.

Kamil said 11 finalists were selected from the list of 20 entrants. He said the pitching session served as a platform for exposure and connection with potential buyers and broadcasters locally and internationally. “MDeC has been a strong supporter in growing the Creative Content Industry and through the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge, it is hoped that good quality creative content can be developed to meet the local and global market demand,” concluded Kamil.

At the same event, 30 projects were also selected to receive the IPCC 2012 Grants disbursement which totaled RM 1,375,000.

14th TBS Digicon6 - List of Judges

1. Mr Vernon Fernandez – Head of Judge (Manager, MDeC)
2. En Rostam Hashim (Head of Content Channel and Industry Development, Maxis Developer Programme)
3. En Fythullah Hamzah (Committee Member of Animation Society of Malaysia (ANIMAS)
4. En Aizyl Azlee (Writer, JUICE Magazine)

14th TBS Digicon6 – Finalists  received certificate from Digicon6 Tokyo

1. The Heroic Adventures of Wira and Samad (THAWS) by Tapir Reka Sdn Bhd
2. Anak-anak and Bongkoron (Tales of the Ages) by Glue Studios Sdn Bhd
3. Ninja vs Pirates by Fruit Punch Studios
4. Dunia Eicak The Animated Series – Episode Surf “n” Furious by Adden Multimedia Sdn Bhd
5. Kiddos on the Block by Moondo Sdn Bhd
6. Hopkin’s Laboratory by Burp Production
7.  The Golden Fish (Tales of the Ages) by Glue Studios Sdn Bhd
8. Companion by Hafnium Chloride
9. Rimba Racer by Glue Studios Sdn Bhd
10. Stargazer by David Lojaya

Honourable Mention received RM 500 and a certificate: Vending Machine by Talen Chin Khean Wei

3rd Prize received RM 1,000 and a return flight ticket to Digicon6 Grand Prix at Tokyo and a certificate: The Amazing Awang Khenit by Sead Studios

2nd Prize received RM 2,000 and a return flight ticket to Digicon6 Grand Prix at Tokyo and a certificate: Kitik by Bakekok Production

1st Prize received RM 1,000 and a return flight ticket to Digicon6 Grand Prix at Tokyo and a certificate: Origanimals by Giggle Garage Sdn Bhd

Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC 2012) – Digital Interactive Comic Grants Recipients will RM 25,000 each to develop 60 pages of comic illustration and digital interactive Comic

No Company Name Project Title
1 Blingraphique Afro Rider
2 Restoran La Suria (Enterprise) Promina
3 Twenty Degree Design Studio Free End
4 Visual Nanas Merapi Blazestone
5 Yeeliang Workshop & Services S S Rangers

Panel of Judges

1. Navinder Singh Wathan (Head of Innovations, Maxis)
2. Syed Muhammad Irfan Bin Syed Mansur (Technical Director, Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd)
3. Wan Zuhairi Bin Wan Zainuddin (Publishing Manager, PTS Pop Sdn Bhd)
4. Kenny Chua Chai Hoong  (Creative Director, Gempakstarz)
5. Leo Chong Kwei Chung (Head of illustration Department, The One Academy of Communication Design)
Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC 2012) – Casual Games Grants Recipients will RM 50,000 each to develop a commercial ready casual games

No Company Name Project Title
1 Actiontintoy Slash Slash Samurai
2 Animamundi Sdn. Bhd. TraderPog
3 Big Bad Alien Alien Hunter
4 Dreamcode Guru Silat Legend
5 Enhance Studio Paradise Tales
6 Ghostmasters Ghost Snap
7 Green Mountain Toyo's Turf: The Invasion
8 Imaginaria Tales of Imaginaria: The Broken World
9 Ninety Nine Works Aaaction!!!
10 Team Rich-Cowboy Rise of the Defenders

Panel of Judges
1. Mohan Low Han Sen (Founder - Leet Games, Proteus Games)
2. Bazil Akmal Bidin (IGDA Malaysia Chapter Coordinator)
3. Michael Ooi Su Guan (CEO, Collective Intelligence Sdn Bhd)
4. Bikesh Lakhmichand (CEO, iTrain Malaysia)

Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC 2012) – Animation Grants Recipients will RM 50,000 each to develop a 3-minutes sizzle animation

No Company Name Project Title
1 Digital Durian Didi & Friends : The Science Explorers
2 Dino Howl Animation Seahir: Ajip's Absolutely Awesome Adventure
3 Gancho Studios Sdn Bhd Alfie The Adventurer
4 Inotri Creative Duwi Space Adventures
5 Mace Art Studio Ean and T'ean
6 Modern Tradeventure Sdn Bhd Afif & Friends
7 Neethra Studio Tigrar and Friends - Journey To Mount Kin'naba
8 Pepijun Studio The Jetpack Adventurer
9 Rabbani Media Sdn Bhd Ameen Journey
10 Red Soul Studio Sdn. Bhd. Soule
11 Redang Digital Sdn Bhd Dimmo
12 StripeArt Studios Science Adventure with Eddy!
13 Tudidut Studio KIMI The Curious
14 Undo Creative Workshop Mission Cat Possible
15 Wim Solution Sdn Bhd The Book of Pelcus

Panel of Judges

1. Andrew Ooi Kok Hong (Managing Director, Inspidea Sdn. Bhd)
2. Mohd Azri Badri (Manager, Brand Management Group (Bananana!), Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad)
3. Mohd Nizam Abd Razak (Managing Director, Animonsta Studios Sdn Bhd)
4. Putri Yasmin Megat Zaharuddin (Vice President, Gen-Next Business, Astro MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems Sdn. Bhd.)
5. Mandeep Singh (Assistant Manager, Rhythm & Hues Sdn Bhd)

Intellectual Property Creators Challeng (IPCC) Animation Super Pitch finalist received a trophy from MDeC

1. Balong by Ethos Studio
2. Daniel & Friends by Sea Adventures
3. Lagenda Melaka by Tict Tact Troll
4. Pendekar Luncai by Sifumedia
5. Pengembaraan L Jalak by Kelana Boy
6. The Amazing Awang Khenit by Sead Studios
7. Tok 3D Animated Feature by Knowmad Productions
8. Zibiru by Animagis

Surprise Result

2nd Prize received an Adobe Production Premium CS6 software and a trophy from MDeC: Dugis by Durian

1st Prize received an Autodesk Maya software and a trophy

Rimba Racer by Glue Studios and Sunsastera by Purple Flame

Panel of Judges

1. Mr.Leslie Lee (Director of Programming Disney Channels, South East Asia)
2. Ms.Syahrizan Mansor (Director, Head of Programming & On-Air Nickelodeon Asia)
3. Mr.Azhar Borhan (General Manager, Content & Industry Development, Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd)
4. Mr.Takafumi (International Strategy Planning & Alliance Officer-TBS Digicon6)
5. Mr. Lucky Nugroho (Head Of Animation Division, MNC, Pictures, Indonesia)
6. Ms.Putri Yasmin Megat Zaharuddin (Vice President of the Gen – Next Content, Astro)

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