Call for Applications | Games

Background Kreativ-Transfer

The aim of the Kreativ-Transfer funding programme is to support professionals in the fields of games, the performing arts and visual arts in establishing and expanding their international networks to improve their visibility on the international market. The programme supports the necessary international marketing and networking measures as well as the corresponding training and professionalisation of the stakeholders.

In particular, Kreativ-Transfer supports participation in international fairs and festivals, enabling artists, creatives and their representatives to present their work, make new contacts and find co-producers and clients.

Note: Visits to international events will continue to be funded even in times of pandemics, political crises, wars or similar circumstances, provided that the recommendations of public authorities in Germany and the destination country allow the related travel to be undertaken.

In addition, the programme supports strategic projects for international marketing, networking and professionalisation.

In implementing this funding, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland cooperates with the game – the German Games Industry Association and transmissions GmbH.



Funding

to fund travel expenses for the participation in international fairs and conferences

Applications can be submitted for funding to attend individually selected events or a prospection trip (maximum of two events including prospection trip).

Example of eligible expenses:

  • Travel or flight expenses
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Per diems
  • Registration and booth fees
  • advertising material (max. 100.00 euro)
  • CO2 compensation payments
  • Travel expenses for a companion: Applicants who cannot travel without a companion due to physical and/or mental limitations or childcare requirements may also apply for a travel allowance for the companion.
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    Applications are welcome from game developers and representatives of game development studios / teams who:

  • have their current place of business in Germany,
  • have no more than 20 permanent employees,
  • operate independently of large companies (so-called "indies"),
  • are professionally developing innovative, creative & digital games and are their creators, and
  • are not yet in a financial position to present themselves at important events.
  • We explicitly invite all interested parties to submit an application – regardless of cultural and social background, gender, skin colour, physical and mental disabilities, age, religious affiliation, language, ideology and sexual orientation. Applications will be evaluated solely on the basis of professional merit.

     

    Travel grants are intended to enable game developers and representatives of game development studios / teams to present their profiles and their artists, to expand their international networks and to intensify existing contacts and establish new ones. Specific goals when attending an event may include:

  • to talk to or present the profile and the current game of the represented developer studio or team to international players.
  • establishing or intensifying (new) contacts with international investors, potential publishers, and business partners.
  • addressing wide-reaching multipliers such as the press or influencers.
  • getting to know certain markets, scenes, target groups in an entrepreneurial sense, and positioning your own work accordingly as well as for the purpose of product optimisation.
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    Maximum Funding

      Individual travel per event and studio / team

    • 1,200.00 euros (events in Germany and Europe (geographically))
    • 2,200.00 euros (events outside Europe (geographically))

    Prospection Trip to Game Developers Conference 2024

  • 2,200.00 Euro (per person (max. 2))

    Funding will be provided in the form of lump sum grants. Applicants may contribute their own funds or any third-party funds that do not stem from federal budgets.

    In addition to the above-mentioned funding amounts, a one-off expense allowance of 400.00 euros per event and per studio / team can be applied for.

     

  • Information about the applicant and studio / team
  • Name, place and date of the event(s)
  • A short letter of motivation
  • A budget calculation
  • A brief presentation of the studio / team (max. 500 characters incl. spaces)
  • A brief presentation of the game (max. 500 characters incl. spaces)
  • Elevator pitch (pitch deck, if applicable)
  • Trailer (alternatively a gameplay video)
  • Proof of current place of business in Germany
  • Proof of copyright of the game
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    01 January 2024 – 31 December 2024

     

    23 October 2023 (23.59 CET)

    Next call for applications expected in spring 2024.

     

    Although Kreativ-Transfer is continuously striving to reduce barriers, the application process is unfortunately still subject to certain barriers. If you are affected, please get in touch with us or ask a person you trust to do so on your behalf and let us know what you need. After discussing your needs, we will be happy to try to arrange assistance, for example by providing support by a sign language interpreter.

    We also aim to provide professional support to make the application and selection process more inclusive and to reduce barriers for all calls for applications.

     

    Further information can be found here

     

    Funding

    to fund strategic projects for international marketing, networking and professionalisation

    The project grant is intended to enable professionals to increase their visibility on the international market, implement international marketing and acquisition measures and optimise their (digital) presence. In addition, the strategic project funding serves to advance education in the areas mentioned above. Its aim is to enable sustainable and effective measures to strengthen international presence and economic position in the long term.

    Example of eligible expenses:

  • Your own fees (these may not exceed 80% of the funding requested)
  • Fees for advisors and coaches
  • Translation expenses (e.g., multilingual website, multilingual brochure, etc.)
  • Participation fees for seminars, workshops, lectures, etc
  • Artists' social security contributions (KSA)
  • Expenses for the purchase of software, technology and equipment that are essential to the success of the strategic project (e.g., webcams, microphones, etc.)
  • Travel expenses in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Act (BRKG), which are required to attend seminars, coaching sessions or similar.
  •  

    Applications are welcome from game developers and representatives of game development studios / teams who:

  • have their current place of business in Germany,
  • have no more than 20 permanent employees,
  • operate independently of large companies (so-called "indies"),
  • are professionally developing innovative, creative & digital games and are their creators, and
  • are not yet in a financial position to present themselves at important events.
  • We explicitly invite all interested parties to submit an application – regardless of cultural and social background, gender, skin colour, physical and mental disabilities, age, religious affiliation, language, ideology and sexual orientation. Applications will be evaluated solely on the basis of professional merit.

     

    In addition to participation in international fairs and festivals, there are other measures that serve to build and expand international networks, to increase the visibility on the international market as well as professionalisation and qualification. For this reason, Kreativ-Transfer also supports strategic projects that pursue the goals of the funding programme and focus accordingly on the following aspects:

  • Establishing and expanding the international network of the represented studios / teams and / or
  • Improving the international marketing of the represented studios / teams and / or
  • Training and professionalisation in the areas of international networking, (digital) distribution, international communication, marketing, and acquisition
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    A maximum of 2,000.00 euros can be requested. The jury will decide on the amount of funding to be allocated. Funding will be awarded in the form of a lump sum grant. No own funds or any third-party funds need to be contributed.

     

  • Information about the applicant and studio / team
  • Name, place and date of the event(s)
  • A brief description of the strategic project (max. 2,000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Budget/funding plan (KFP) - please use the template
  • A brief presentation of the studio / team (max. 500 characters incl. spaces)
  • A brief presentation of the game (max. 500 characters incl. spaces)
  • Elevator pitch (pitch deck, if applicable)
  • Trailer (alternatively a gameplay video)
  • Proof of current place of business in Germany
  • Proof of copyright of the game
  •  

    01 January 2024 – 31 December 2024

     

    23 October 2023 (23.59 CET)

    Next call for applications expected in spring 2024.

     

    Although Kreativ-Transfer is continuously striving to reduce barriers, the application process is unfortunately still subject to certain barriers. If you are affected, please get in touch with us or ask a person you trust to do so on your behalf and let us know what you need. After discussing your needs, we will be happy to try to arrange assistance, for example by providing support by a sign language interpreter.

    We also aim to provide professional support to make the application and selection process more inclusive and to reduce barriers for all calls for applications.

     

    Further information can be found here

     


    Voices of Grantees


    'We are very grateful to you for this funding program. It makes a significant and noticeable difference, especially for small teams. The doors and opportunities that you are opening for these teams are simply amazing, and we hope that this program will continue running, allowing other developers to benefit from it for a long time to come.'
    Yves Masullo – Smoke Stab

    'The funding process of Kreativ-Transfer is pleasantly low in effort and gives companies without publishers or other financial sources a good chance to establish an equally strong presence at fairs! Excellent!'
    Margareta Büche - boxelware

    'This program is an enormous opportunity, especially for small developers, to participate in precisely such events.'
    Diana Boden - Gamma Minus