Design

Game Design Emerging Talents: trade fair participation

Target group
Practitioner with connection to Switzerland
Submission deadline
Open year-round

What

Participation in a trade fair and market-related event outside of Switzerland in order to gain international visibility and entry to the global market

For Whom

Emerging talents are considered those game designers who have completed their professional training in a relevant field or who founded a company (as a legal entity) less than seven years ago

Selection Criteria

  • Clearly defined objectives for participation at the trade fair and participation in conferences within the scope of a trade fair or nomination for awards
  • Originality, feasibility, degree of innovation and marketability of the project
  • Digital content for devices such as computers, game consoles, mobile devices or for mixed reality, the use of which requires a high degree of interaction and has a major impact on the content
  • Copyright and rights of use are held by the project sponsor

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

Up to CHF 4,000

  • Stand hire
  • Festival passes
  • Transport and insurance costs
  • Travel costs (round trip, economy, without accommodation)

Content Of Application

  • Description of the planned project
  • Information on the objectives behind participation in the event/trade fair (incl. business plan), planned meetings with partners from the industry (incl. specific plans, names, etc.)
  • Detailed breakdown of costs and financial plan incl. information on financial assistance from third parties
  • Confirmation of participation in the event

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

The following are excluded from receiving support

  • Participation at trade fairs and events that are already (co-)organised or supported by Pro Helvetia
  • Commissioned work and projects that are part of an advertising campaign or for promotional purposes
  • Purely technological projects without an obvious narrative and/or aesthetic content

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Submission deadlineOpen year-round
Earliest start date for the projectEight weeks after submitting the application
Notification of decisionWithin eight weeks
Image by Data Orbit and Lucas Manser

General Requirements

Introduction

Pro Helvetia promotes the professional contemporary Swiss art and cultural production (without film) with a view to diversity as well as national and international reach. It supports the creation of new artistic works and productions, the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions, the dissemination of Swiss art and culture outside Switzerland and international cultural exchange. As a national foundation, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and only supports projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

Pro Helvetia will only consider funding applications if they are complete and have been submitted on time.

To be eligible for support, projects must

  • have a clear connection to Switzerland
  • be of nationwide importance
  • be adequately co-funded by other public or private means
  • respects/guarantee fair working conditions

Connection to Switzerland

A connection to Switzerland is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The production or project in question is developed or implemented by artists and cultural practitioners, who verifiably hold Swiss citizenship or are permanent residents of Switzerland and who are regularly artistically involved in relevant events in Switzerland.
  • The project is created, developed, or implemented by an independent group or cultural institution whose place of production is in Switzerland and who is regularly and publicly active in Switzerland.

Nationwide relevance

Nationwide relevance is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The art and cultural practitioners participating in the project are regularly involved in programmes of nationally recognised art and cultural institutions in Swiss regions other than their own or abroad, and the project in question has a transregional appeal.
  • The artistic potential of an emerging art practitioner involved is exceptional in terms of a national or international career.
  • The project makes a significant contribution to the development of Swiss artistic and cultural production and its dissemination.
  • The project is of significant importance for the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions.

Assessment of content and quality

Within the framework of the available funds, Pro Helvetia prioritises projects that most comprehensively meet the funding criteria. The Foundation assesses whether

  • the project demonstrates high degree of independence and professional competence as well as social and thematic relevance
  • the project is implemented according to professional standards
  • the costs are commensurate with the expected impact
  • a lasting impact can be expected

Furthermore, the Foundation attaches great importance to the following aspects:

  • The project has an appropriate commitment to diversity.
  • Resources are used in an ecologically responsible manner and work and production are planned sustainably.

Restrictions

Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if

  • the same part of the submitted project is already received funding from other federal bodies (e.g. Federal Office of Culture, Presence Switzerland, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  • the project is part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
  • funding is intended to cover infrastructure and equipment costs, as well as the costs of operating cultural facilities, archives and collections
  • the project does not depend on funding from Pro Helvetia

Status: January 2024