REVOLUTION OF FUTURE MALAYSIA’S DIGITAL CONTENT

This is an initiative by the Government under Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara (PENJANA) designed and created to support local digital creative companies in developing, producing, co-producing and marketing their digital content in animation, digital games and interactive media content.

The three main objectives are:

Create and develop sustainable ecosystems for job creation, business planning, and market expansion.
Develop and enhance local creative, technical and human capital competencies by leveraging on international partners.
Create Malaysian-owned or Malaysian-shared intellectual property.

LIST OF OFFERED GRANTS



THE DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Development Grant focuses on the development stage of the Project, the stage where it involves idea generation, production design, market research and marketing analysis. The development stage is defined as a planning phase of the Project.

This includes development of the idea into working script, research and development (R&D) of the concept, business plans, and preparation of documents which are investor-friendly. Applicants with new project/IP/idea within the Eligible Project Categories are encouraged to apply for funding under the Development Grant.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


  1. The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  2. More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s).
  3. The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.
  4. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM150,000.00 (in a single case):
    • All such grants have been fully utilised; and
    • All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such funding as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants
  5. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)
  6. The applicant fulfils at least One (1) of the following:
    • The applicant has a minimum of Two (2) years track record in the conceptual development of creative works whether as an outsourced service provider or in creation of original works; and/or
    • Where the applicant has been in operation for less than Two (2) years, the Applicant must have a minimum of Two (2) fulltime staff [whereby at least One (1) of the staff has at least Two (2) years track record of delivering projects (whether as an outsourced service provider or in the creation of original works)] in its employment.

ALLOWABLE PROJECT DURATION


Up to 8 months.


SCOPE OF PROJECTS


ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIESALLOWABLE PROJECT DELIVERABLES
ANIMATION
Animated Series
Animated Feature Film
Beyond Entertainment
(a) R&D report
(b) script;
(c)  character and environment design;
(d) animation test or visual test clips;
(e)production pitching materials.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Games
Gamification
Extended Reality
Beyond Entertainment
(a) R&D report on game play.
(b) Game concept design.
(c) Game prototype test; and/or
(d) Production pitching materials.
INNOVATION IN CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY (a) R&D report on content design;
(b) prototype design;
(c)  prototype test; and/or
(d) production pitching materials.

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES


  • R&D on concept, storyline, pre-development;
  • Script development;
  • Concept development;
  • Cost of optioning (to acquire the rights – book author/publisher);
  • Character and environment development;
  • Game play, interactive simulation R&D and design;
  • Prototype R&D and design;
  • Animation test, clip test, visual test, prototype test (3-5 minutes pilot pitching);
  • Production pitching materials; and/or
  • Any other activities which constitute “development” according to acceptable industry practice.



PRODUCTION GRANT

Production Grant focuses on the production stage of the project which involves the activity of creating, assembling, aggregating and generally producing or generating content.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


  1. The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  2. The applicant has an issued and paid up share capital of at least RM50,000.00
  3. More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s)
  4. The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.
  5. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM250,000.00 (in a single case):
    • All such grants have been fully utilised; and
    • All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such grants as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants
  6. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)
  7. The applicant fulfils at least One (1) of the following:
    • The applicant has a minimum of Two (2) years track record in the conceptual development of creative works whether as an outsourced service provider or in creation of original works; and/or
    • Where the applicant has been in operation for less than Two (2) years, the Applicant must have a minimum of Five (5) fulltime staff [whereby at least Fifty Per Cent (50%) are production staff with at least Two (2) years track record of delivering projects (whether as an outsourced service provider or in the creation of original works)] in its employment

ALLOWABLE PROJECT DURATION


Up to 24 months.


SCOPE OF PROJECTS


ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIESREQUIRED OUTPUT INCLUDING:
ANIMATION
Animated Series
Animated Feature Film
Beyond Entertainment
The complete Animated series, feature film or beyond entertainment content
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Games
Gamification
Extended Reality
Beyond Entertainment
The complete and playable game, gamification, extended reality or beyond entertainment content
INNOVATION IN CREATIVE TECHNOLOGYThe complete documentary evidence of the innovation in  creative technology project.

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES


  • Production – Animation, VFX, film shooting, game level development, content development, interactive development, simulator;
  • Post-production – editing, music scoring, audio, sound effect, voice over, film transfer, compositing; and/or
  • Any other activities which constitute “production” according to acceptable industry practice.



CO PRODUCTION GRANT

The Co-Production Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to a project within the Eligible Project Categories to be co-produced by a Malaysian company and one or more foreign company(ies).

Each co-production is made in accordance with an agreement entered into between the aforesaid parties, whereby all relevant rights, responsibilities, specific requirements and Project milestones are clearly set out.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  2. The applicant has an issued and paid up share capital of at least RM50,000.00.
  3. More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s)
  4. The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.
  5. The applicant has entered into a written contract OR a committed arrangement with a foreign co-production partner(s) (“Foreign Co-production Partner(s)”) for the co-production of the Project; 
  6. The applicant has received a written confirmation from:
    • The Foreign Co-Production Partner(s) demonstrating its financial ability to complete its portion of the Project; and
    • At least One (1) broadcaster or distributor on presales/distribution intent (for Animated Series only)
  7. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM250,000.00 (in a single case):
    • All such grants have been fully utilised; and
    • All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such grant as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants
  8. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)
  9. The applicant fulfils at least One (1) of the following:
    • The applicant has a minimum of Two (2) years track record in the conceptual development of creative works whether as an outsourced service provider or in creation of original works; and/or
    • Where the applicant has been in operation for less than Two (2) years, the Applicant must have a minimum of Five (5) fulltime staff [whereby at least Fifty Per Cent (50%) are production staff with at least Two (2) years track record of delivering projects (whether as an outsourced service provider or in the creation of original works)] in its employment.

ALLOWABLE PROJECT DURATION

Up to 24 months.


SCOPE OF PROJECTS

ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIESREQUIRED OUTPUT INCLUDING:
ANIMATION
Animated Series
Animated Feature Film
Beyond Entertainment
The complete Animated series, feature film or beyond entertainment content
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Games
Gamification
Extended Reality
Beyond Entertainment
The complete and playable game, gamification, extended reality or beyond entertainment content
INNOVATION IN CREATIVE TECHNOLOGYThe complete documentary evidence of the innovation in  creative technology project.

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES

  • Pre-production – full script, character development, storyboard, game design, interactive design, working prototype;
  • Production – Animation, VFX, film shooting, game level development, content development, interactive development, simulator;
  • Post-Production – editing, music scoring, audio, sound effect, voice over, film transfer, compositing; and/or
  • Any other activities which constitute “co-production” according to acceptable industry practice



Creative Industry Export Acceleration and Enterprise Development (CREED)

The Creative Industry Export Acceleration and Enterprise Development (CREED) is an end-to-end fund to address long-term industry growth and sustainability. CREED is designed to ssupport established creative content companies with a history of successful IP developed and commercialized.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  2. The applicant has an issued and paid up share capital of at least RM100,000.00.
  3. More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s)
  4. The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.
  5. The applicant must have local, regional or international partners, investors, broadcasters or distributors to support the Project.
  6. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM500,000.00 (in a single case):
    • All such grants have been fully utilised; and
    • All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such grants as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants
  7. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)
  8. The applicant is an MSC Malaysia status company for a year or above within the Digital Creative Content cluster.
  9. The applicant has commercialized their previous IP(s) locally or globally
  10. The applicant has been involved with Licensing & Merchandising activities for their previous IP(s)
  11. The proposed project is a new project that:
    • owned or co-owned by the Applicant or the Applicant has the rights to exploits the project;
    • Have not been published / broadcasted;
    • Have not been submitted to or otherwise produced in connection with other competitions or other government initiative programs

ALLOWABLE PROJECT DURATION


Up to 60 months.


SCOPE OF PROJECTS


ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIESREQUIRED OUTPUT INCLUDING:
ANIMATION
Animated Series
Animated Feature Film
Beyond Entertainment
(a) The complete Animated Series, Animated Feature Film or Beyond Entertainment Content
(b) Marketing & promotional plans
(c)Revenue generated
(d) Export sales
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Games
Gamification
Extended Reality
Beyond Entertainment
(a) The complete and playable game, gamification, extended reality or beyond entertainment content
(b) Marketing & promotional plans
(c) Revenue generated
(d) Export sales

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES


As per activities stated in Development Grant and Production Grant; and/or IP Marketing & Licensing Grant




IP MARKETING & LICENSING GRANT

IP Marketing & Licensing Grant is a financial assistance provided to IP creators with market ready product (s). This includes IP extension, IP registration, development of style guide and other activities related to marketing, promotion, localization, commercialization, licensing or distribution.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


  1. The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  2. More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s)
  3. The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.
  4. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM150,000.00 (in a single case):
    • All such grants have been fully utilised; and
    • All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such grants as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants
  5. Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)
  6. The applicant fulfils at least One (1) of the following:
    • The applicant has a minimum of Two (2) years track record in the conceptual development of creative works whether as an outsourced service provider or in creation of original works; or
    • Where the applicant has been in operation for less than Two (2) years, the Applicant must have a minimum of Two (2) staff [whereby at least One (1) of the staff has at least Two (2) years track record of delivering projects (whether as an outsourced service provider or in the creation of original works)] in its employment.
  7. The applicant has ready product to market and to commercialize it. The applicant must have :
    • Marketing strategy and possible outcome and
    • Trailer / pilot episode / game prototype or
    • Production bible or
    • Complete animation series or animation feature or
    • Complete playable games

ALLOWABLE PROJECT DURATION


Up to 12 months.


SCOPE OF PROJECTS


ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIESREQUIRED OUTPUT INCLUDING:
ANIMATION
Animated Series
Animated Feature Film
Beyond Entertainment
(a)  Marketing & promotional execution
(b)  Potential opportunities
(c)   Letter of Intent
(d)  Minimum of 2 pitching sessions to buyers /investors
(e) Media coverage
INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Digital Games
Gamification
Extended Reality
Beyond Entertainment
(a) Marketing & promotional execution
(b) Potential opportunities
(c)  Publisher Deal
(d) Minimum of 2 pitching sessions to buyers /investors
(e) Media coverage

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES


  • Dubbing to other languages
  • Production of marketing materials – printing brochures, sales kit, flyer, bunting, mascot, game trailer etc
  • IP extensions such animation, apps games, comic, artbook, related media (soundtrack, songs) developed as marketing tools
  • IP registration in Malaysia and outside Malaysia – trademark and copyright
  • Media buy cost – ie airtime, print advertisements, digital, social, streamers, influencers etc
  • PR & communications – branding and product placement strategy
  • Festivals and awards related cost
  • Events – launching, press conference, road shows, showcases
  • Style guide
  • POSM – point of sales materials


CLAIMABLE COST & NON CLAIMABLE COST


Claimable Cost

  • Salary costs
  • Hardware/Software cost
  • Outsourcing costs
  • Appointing and commissioning third party to undertake any part of the works under the project
  • IP Protection, Marketing, Commercialization, Licensing & Distribution cost (Specific for CREED Grant and IP Marketing & Licensing Grant.
  • Other costs: If the applicant is requesting for other costs to be claimable, the applicant shall be required to specify the purpose of such costs.


  • Non claimable Cost

    Expenditures non-related to the project, company’s operating expenditures ie; utilities (phone bills, electricity), office rental, stationaries, secretarial, audit fees etc.


TERMS & CONDITIONS


  1. Each applicant MUST meet all the Eligibility Criteria for each type of grant
  2. Each applicant is allowed to apply only for 1 (one) project for all categories (Animation, Interactive Media and Innovation in Creative Technology)
  3. For Production Fund application, applicant MUST already have animation teaser/trailer, animation episode, developed game/product prototype or game/product demo.

PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENT

From full length animation to video games, we here at MDEC have helped creatives realise their vision

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1. Studio Kamii Sdn Bhd Neva Logik
2. Tudidut Studio Sdn Bhd Impian Remi
3. Maple Comics Sdn Bhd Travel Notes: North Malaysia
4. Lemon Sky Animation Sdn Bhd AstroLology
5. The Factory MS Sdn Bhd Bibitsku
6. Kurechii Sdn Bhd King’s League II

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