01 TITLE “MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge 2013” or the “MSC Malaysia IPCC 2013” (the “Competition”).
02 ORGANIZER Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDeC)(the “Organizer”).
Key objectives of the Competition are as follows:
  • To catalyse and promote the creation of quality content that can be showcased and marketed globally
  • To nurture new talent in content creation by turning ideas into reality
  • To attract content creators to develop greater ideas and stories
There are three (3) categories under the Competition, as follows:
  • Category A: Animation
  • Category B: Digital Interactive Comic
  • Category C: Casual Game
  • Category A : Children’s Content
  • Category B : Comic for Kids
  • Category C : Beyond Entertainment
The Competition duration for the respective categories, are as follows:

Category   Start Date   Deadline
Category A   17 May 2013   11.59pm @ 19 August 2013
Category B   17 May 2013   11.59pm @ 19 August 2013
Category C   17 May 2013   11.59pm @ 19 August 2013
Participation in the Competition must be in teams of individuals or as a company / enterprise / sole proprietorship (“Participants”), subject to the following conditions:

Subject to Rule 6 (b) below, Category A only open to companies / enterprises or sole proprietorship and not to teams of individuals. Category B and C is open to companies, enterprises or sole proprietorship and teams of individuals. Each teams of individuals for Category C must consists a minimum of Three (3) and a maximum of Six (6) number of individuals who are eligible as defined in Rule 7 below. Each eligible person can only participate in one (1) team. Substitution of team member(s) under Category A, B or C is prohibited without the express written consent of the Organiser. Under all categories a team leader must be appointed to represent each team. The team leader is required to complete and submit the documents identified in Rule 8 below (“Competition Entry”) on behalf of the team. Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

b.Companies / Enterprises /Sole Proprietorships

Only Malaysian companies as defined under the Companies Act 1965 with at least 51% equity owned by Malaysians or Malaysian owned enterprises with no winding-up petition pending and/or threatened against the company nor has the company committed any acts of insolvency, within or outside Malaysia or sole proprietorships as defined and registered under the Registration of Businesses Act 1956 are eligible for the Competition. A company / enterprise or sole proprietorship must appoint a representative to submit the Competition Entry and for purpose of liaising with the Organizer on behalf of the company/ enterprise or sole proprietorship.

The Competition is open to all Malaysian citizens and permanent residents EXCEPT for:

a. Individuals who are still schooling and/or attending any institutions of higher learning, including but not limited to primary and secondary school students, undergraduates and persons pursuing post-graduate studies;

b. Winners under any of the categories from the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge 2012; and

c. Employees and the immediate family members of the Organiser (and its subsidiaries), sponsors and their group of companies, as well as employees and immediate family members of the mentors and judges.

All entries to the Competition containing the following must be submitted to Organiser online at no later than the respective Deadline:

a. A duly completed Application Form;

b. A declaration to the Organiser that the Competition Proposal and the works relating thereto (the “Works”):

  • (1) Are original and not subject to any third party Intellectual Property rights;
  • (2) Have not been published;
  • (3) Have not been submitted to or otherwise produced in connection with other competitions;
  • (4) Have not previously received any funding or grant from other sources;
  • (5) Are not commissioned works and have not otherwise been sold to any developers, publishers or other third parties; and
  • (6) Are not produced in connection with any school or university project / syllabus.

c. A complete Competition Proposal in accordance with the following format:

  • (1) Language: In English, or if not in English then an English translation attachment must be included;
  • (2) Proposal Cover;
  • (3) Table of Contents;
  • (4) Company / Enterprise / Sole Proprietorship/ Personal Profile;
  • (5) Proposal Details:

Category A   Category B   Category C
1. Overview of the Project
2. Mini Character Bible for the animation series
  • - Synopsis x 13 episodes
  • - Main Character Design/s and
  • - Characters Profiles
  • - Background Designs
3. Business Model
4. Production Timeline
5. Budget
6. Implementation Team
1. Digital Interactive Comic description
2. Overview of the Project / Synopsis
3. Main Character Design and Concept
4. Proposed Digital Interactive Comic illustration samples (min 3 pages, max 8 pages)
5. Digital Interactive Comic concept / samples (min 2 pages)
6. Production Timeline
7. Budget
8. Implementation Team
1. Overview of the Project / Synopsis
2. Game Details
3. Business Model and Target Demographic
4. Innovation and Unique Selling Point
5. Production Timeline
6. Budget
7. Implementation Team
10 MULTIPLE ENTRIES An individual is only allowed to participate in ONE (1) team of individuals. A team of individuals or a company / enterprise / sole proprietorship is allowed to submit more than one (1) Competition Entry and category. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event more than one (1) Competition Entry of the Participants was shortlisted by the Organiser, the Participants would be allowed to pitch all its shortlisted Competition Entry at the Pitching stage of the Competition. However, only one (1) of the pitched Competition Entry would be chosen as the winning entry (if applicable).
11 WIDRAWAL No withdrawal from the Competition is allowed after the respective Deadline.
12 NON COMPLIANCE Failure to comply with any of the above submission requirements may result in automatic disqualification. Submitted materials will not be returned and Participants are encouraged to keep a copy of submitted materials for records purposes.
13 ORIGINALITY All Competition Entry and the works relating thereto must be original. Failure to submit an original entry will result in disqualification from the Competition.
14 NO INFRINGEMENT Infringement of any third party rights is strictly prohibited and will result in automatic disqualification. In the event of any claims, the Participants must take full responsibility and deal with the said third party claims at their own costs. The Organiser accepts no responsibility or liability in such matter. The Participants shall indemnify the Organiser against any claims or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages from any party that may arise from the Competition Entry submitted under the Competition.
There are two (2) stages in the judging process, as follows:

a. Stage (1) – Shortlist:

A panel of judges will review the Competition Entry(ies) and shortlist the following specified number of Competition Entry(ies) to proceed to the next stage of the Competition, known as the “Pitching” stage.

Category   No. to be shortlisted for Pitching
Category A   Twenty (20)
Category B   Ten (10)
Category C   Twenty (20)

In the event the Organiser required additional information or materials before the Pitching stage, the team must submit such pitching information or materials to the Organiser within two (2) working days from the date of the request.

b. Stage (2) – Pitching:

Upon notification that the Competition Entry is shortlisted for Pitching, the team is required to submit the presentation / pitching materials to the Organiser at least one • week before the Pitching day. All team members are required to attend and pitch their idea on the Project on the Pitching day. During the Pitching day, each team will be required to test the presentation / pitching materials one (1) hour before the presentation starts. Each team will be given ten (10) minutes to pitch its idea(s), main character and concept, business module, schedule and budget, together with the commercialization potential of the Works. Thereafter, each team is allocated another ten (10) minutes for Q&A. Laptop and LCD Projector will be provided during Pitching day.

Judging is at the sole and absolute discretion of the judges and all decisions made are final. Judging will be conducted based on the following criteria:
  • a. Business plan & competitive analysis;
  • b. Development schedule & budget;
  • c. Main Character design and concept (where relevant) and the infusion of the relevant theme in the Works;
  • d. Commercialization potential; and
  • e. Pitching day presentation aids and styles.
Winners under each of the categories of the Competition will be given a grant to allow the winner to proceed to develop the Works described in its Competition Entry (“Conditional Grant”) SUBJECT to the following conditions:

  • a. The winner signing an agreement with MDeC to regulate the terms and conditions of the development of the Works and the disbursement of the Conditional Grant (“Grant Agreement”);

  • b. The Conditional Grant will be disbursed to each of the winners in accordance to the milestones in the Grant Agreement;

  • c. The winners in the following categories are required to complete the Works in accordance with the respective project duration as stated below, which will be incorporated in the Grant Agreement:

  • Category   Project Duration
    Category A   Six (6) Months
    Category B   Six (6) Months
    Category C   Eight (8) Months

  • d. Within the said respective Project duration, the winners under each category are to undergo a compulsory mentorship program with selected mentors, whereby the winners and mentors will meet up on monthly basis to discuss the progress of their respective Works (“Mentorship Program”). The Organizer reserves the right to amend the schedule of the Mentorship Program with prior notice. After the Mentorship Program, the winners are required to complete and submit to the Organizer the following:

  • Category   Submission
    Category A   3-minute sizzle animation including full character bible. A copy of filing receipt from MyIPO as proof of filing of trademark in relation to any character in the Project or a copy of the Statutory Declaration protecting the winner's copyright in the Project.
    Category B   80-page (1 book) complete comic illustration and 20-page digital interactive comic including completed story (120 pages comic thumbnails) and main character designs. A copy of filing receipt from MyIPO as proof of filing of trademark in relation to any character in the Project or a copy of the Statutory Declaration protecting the winner's copyright in the Project.
    Category C   Commercial ready game. A copy of filing receipt from MyIPO as proof of filing of trademark in relation to any character in the Project or a copy of the Statutory Declaration protecting the winner's copyright in the Project.

    Hereinafter each submission would be known as “Project”.
  • e. Winners are required to submit a progress report of the Works as further stated in the Grant Agreement;

  • f. Winners under each category are invited to use the facilities at the MSC Malaysia Animation & Creative Content Centre (subject to availability) for their production and also be part of the MSC Malaysia Content Accelerator Program during the production of the Works; and

  • g. Winners under each category are required to participate in programs organized by the organizer such as exhibitions, talks, seminars, conferences etc.
  • a. The number of winners and amount of Conditional Grant for each of the category are as follows:

  • Category   No. of winner(s)   Amount of Conditional Grant for each winner
    Category A   Ten (10)   RM50,000
    Category B   Five (5)   RM25,000
    Category C   Ten (10)   RM50,000

  • b. The Organizer is entitled to seek full reimbursement of the grant disbursed to the winner(s) in the event of any breach and/or non-fulfillment of the terms and conditions in the Grant Agreement by the winner(s).
19 OWNERSHIP OF COMPETITION MATERIALS By entering the Competition, the Participants agree to provide the Organizer with the right to use the Works and Project (if applicable) for purpose of showcasing any and all works produced by the Participants under the Competition for promotional purposes. The Participants further agree that the Organizer reserves the right to use the Participants’ name in connection with such promotional showcasing, but shall have no obligation to do so.
20 NO REVISION(S) Upon submission of Competition Entries, no revision will be accepted and the Organizer will not entertain any request for the return of the Competition Entry.
21 LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY The Organizer, sponsors and their group of companies and their employees, agents and representatives hereby disclaim any and all liabilities that may arise in connection with the Competition Entry(ies) and any materials produced in relation thereto. Further, the Organizer and its employees, agents and representatives shall not be held responsible for any Competition Entry(ies) that are lost or damaged in transit. Competition Entry(ies) are automatically rejected if incomplete, unreadable, damaged, mutilated, tampered with, falsified, mechanically reproduced, irregular in any way or otherwise not in compliance with the Competition rules and regulations. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, suspend, or extend the Competition at any time.
22 DISPUTES As a condition of participating in the Competition, the Participants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Competition, shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in Malaysia having competent jurisdiction, which court shall apply the laws of Malaysia.
23 RULES AND REGULATIONS By submitting a Competition Entry and therefore participating in the Competition, each Participant agrees to be bound by and abide to these rules and regulations including decisions made by the Organiser, including any amendments, modifications and/or interpretation of these rules and regulations.