Digital Lab Africa (DLA) has opened applications for its fourth edition of the DLA acceleration programme (DLA#4). Creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from across Sub-Saharan African countries are being invited to apply for the programme before 1st March 2020.

Managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct since 2018, Digital Lab Africa is an initiative of the Embassy of France and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS). Applications are open to both cultural and creative industries including artists, producers, designers, collectives, students or entrepreneurs.

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Chief Executive of the Tshimologong Precinct, Lesley Donna Williams, says that DLA remains a key component of the Precinct’s ‘African Digital Innovation’ initiative: “While the need for quality content remains paramount, DLA#4 will focus on finding the most innovative creatives Africa has to offer. We are hoping that this edition’s projects will be innovative in terms of form, storytelling, content and technologies used.”

The Pan African accelerator focuses on 5 key categories: immersive realities, video games, music, animation and digital art. The programme is also supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), SACEM, TRACE, TV5 Monde Afrique and several French and Sub-Saharan African partners.

Selected applicants will be given a DLA Incubation Pass to fast track the development of their project. Alongside mentorship and training sessions, the DLA #4 winners will be hosted in residency in France and also attend industry events such as Annecy Animation festival, New images, Paris Games Week or Les Nuits Sonores in France and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in South Africa.

Applications can be done here.

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