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FTI Announces New Funding Opportunity for West Australian Game Projects

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The games industry in Perth continues to strengthen and grow, and new opportunities for collaboration, investment, and development are rising up. The fine folk at FTI’s Game and Interactive Program, known for such contributions to the games community as Playup Perth and Level One, are keen to keep the ball rolling on this. Following on from last year’s Games Industry Scoping Survey, FTI identified the need for more funding opportunities for local games projects; with this in mind they have just announced Oompf! Games, a one-off members production fund to the value of $10,000!

OOMPF! Games is competitive grant scheme that provides financial assistance for FTI members in the games industry to help them take their game to market with funding of up to $10,000.

Eligible games can include video games, console games, mobile games, online games, augmented and virtual reality games and pervasive, mixed/cross platform or other forms experimental games, as long as the production contains a digital component.

Projects that receive funding from the Oomf! Games program will need to be completed within 6 – 10 months from the approval date. To be eligible for funding, studios or individual developers must be West Australian, and at least one person from the studio must be an FTI Member. Projects that focus on diverse and inclusive content are of particular interest to FTI; games that focus on WA content, are created (or co-created) by Indigenous people, women or other underrepresented group, and/or tell their stories, are especially encouraged.

The key dates outlined for the program are as follows:

  • Public Pitch Night – 23 July 2015
  • Applications Close – 7 August 2015
  • Panel Assessment – August
  • Contracting – September 2015
  • Project Delivery – February 2016 (unless otherwise agreed upon)

For more information, check out the FTI Announcement Page and Funding Guidelines. For all queries, please contact the Games and Interactive Program Director, Kate Raynes-Goldie via or (08) 9431-6709.

Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games and Interactive Program Launch!

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The Perth Games Festival is  fast approaching, but still we have more exciting news about what you can expect from this day of celebrating the games and game-makers of our fair city. Following the fun times spent playing Perth-made games, checking out game-centric talks, and chatting with game developers, we would like you to join us to party the night away AND share in the launch of a new games program!

What: Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games & Interactive Program Launch!
When: 5.30pm, Saturday October 11, 2014
Where: Canton Lounge Bar, 532 Hay St Perth
Tickets: Free, but be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite!

You have no doubt noticed in recent times the significant efforts of the folks at FTI, in particular the ever industrious Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, in supporting game development and developers in our fair state. This has been leading towards the development of a new game-specific segment at FTI, the Games and Interactive Program, which has been designed specifically to address the needs of West Australian game developers.

Join us for the official launch of this excellent program, chill out with fellow game devs and game aficionados, and help us celebrate with some drinks after the Perth Games Festival.  Plus FTI will be presenting the key findings from their Game Dev survey earlier this year, and will detail a range of new development initiatives, advocacy / networking events, and opportunities that FTI are planning to provide for the WA games community in the future.

For more details on the Program launch check out FTI event post.
And if you’re keen on partying it up with us, don’t forget to RSVP on Eventbrite so that we at LMG (and the folks at FTI) can start getting psyched about seeing you at this super-awesome After Party / Launch Event!

 

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FTI wants to hear from WA Game Developers, Educators and Students

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If you work or teach in the Games and Interactive Industry (or are studying your way towards doing so) then the Film and Television Institute wants to hear from you. FTI have launched a series of surveys to help build a clearer picture of the local industry, from which they can develop future initiatives that will better support local devs.

In particular the surveys will:

  1. Guide the focus of FTI’s Interactive Programs and how we can best support the industry in growing and thriving (even more important now that Screen Australia’s games fund has been axed!)
  2. Help us all know more about the size, scale etc. of our industry so that we better advocate for ourselves and show our economic and cultural importance!

Whether your focus is the console, the tabletop, experimental works, writing game reviews, 3D modelling or any other game-related work, your opinion counts! The feedback from these surveys will directly shape FTI’s plan, and could even help towards showing the value of investment in Games and Interactive to State and Federal Government and private sector.

For more information, and to fill our a copy of the survey, head on over to: https://www.fti.asn.au/fti-games-industry-scoping-survey

The FTI survey is open until Friday, 30 May 2014.

FTI’s new Director of Interactive Programs and all the details on Playup Perth #2

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The Film and Television Institute of Western Australia, the organisation behind the WA Screen Awards, have recently appointed Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie to the role of Director of Interactive Programs. This position is the first of its kind for a non-government, Australian screen resource association, and with Kate at the helm the FTI is reaching out to embrace the local games, interactive and app communities.

kate-raynes-goldieKate brings a wealth of experience to the role, not only as a developer but as a champion for the potential of games and gaming. Kate is the co-founder of Atmosphere Industries, which specializes in experimental and pervasive games, and developed WA’s very first pervasive game, Ghost Town. She is also a Research Associate at Curtin University, and has spoken at a range of international industry and academic conferences, including SXSW Interactive and TEDxPerth.

We would like to congratulate Kate on her appointment to the role, and look forward to even more FTI and game developer interactions in the future!

And while we are on the subject of Atmosphere Industries, the studio is running an event this weekend…

 

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Playup Perth #2!

What: A playtest experience of Atmosphere Industries’ brand new game
When: 1pm – 3pm, Saturday March 1, 2014
Where: FTI lawn (92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle)
Tickets: Free!

The new top secret Atmosphere Industries game, set to debut at the Fresh Air 2014 festival in Melbourne (March 7-10, 2014). A fun game for players of all skill levels that will involve hilarity and teamwork. Plus, if you loved Star Trek: the Next Generation, you will love this game even more.

(Please bring an internet enabled smart phone, a pair of comfortable shoes and be prepared for some walking around town.)

For more information head on over to the main event page. If you would like to find out more about testing your game at the next Playup Perth, please email kate (at) fti.asn.au or tweet @oceanpark

Showcase Sponsor: FTI

FTIWe’re pleased to announce that the Film & Television Institute (WA) have come on board as sponsors for the 2013 WA Games Showcase.

FTI have been a great voice in helping promote interactive and game productions throughout the year, including the addition of a Games category to the WA Screen Awards.

Thanks for the support, FTI. It’s great to have you joining us in celebrating West Australian games and game makers this Saturday!

FTI hiring Interactive Production Officer

The Film & Television Institute of WA is looking to hire an Interactive Production Officer, to provide support to screen practitioners working in games, interactive digital storytelling and non-traditional forms of screen storytelling.

Applications for the position close on September 2nd. More details and the job listing can be found on the FTI website.

The Draft Banquet serves up on Kickstarter

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Plan your dinner while playing cards with friends, in Draft Banquet, the latest from Dark Mirror Games now on Kickstarter. A popular meal at the recent Perth Games Festival, this game ends with an ingredients list that’s partially planned, a little bit arbitrary, and will result in some creative cooking!

“The Draft Banquet combines card drafting game mechanics and social cooking to bring you this short game for potlucks, feasts and banquets where you get to eat the results. Creative foodies who love a challenge may also find it useful as a solo inspirational tool.”

Find out how to play the game by watching the video below, or heading over to the Kickstarter page here. You can also check out Dark Mirror Games’ previous tabletop release Banishment over on their website.

2017 MCV Pacific: The Game Changers

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The MCV Women In Games list has returned for its third year, this time featuring 30 hard-working professionals in the Australian and New Zealand games industry. Five local women (and one honorary West Australian) have been included this year, two of which were also finalists in the Women in Games Awards! Highlighting women such as these, MCV is working to inspire the next generation of games makers, and acknowledge the continued contribution of women in this field.

So congratulations to the following devs…

(and thank you for all your work making and supporting games!)

 

A photograph of 5 WA women featured on the list. Vee Pendergrast, Sofie Mather, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Susannah Emery, and Michelle Sandford. Elsewhere: Jess Watson

Pictured: Vee Pendergrast, Sofie Mather, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Susannah Emery, and Michelle Sandford. Elsewhere: Jess Watson

 

VEE PENDERGRAST

Co-founder of Stirfire Studios

Photograph of Vee PendergrastVee founded Stirfire Studios as a side business in 2010. After working at Brightstar from 2010 through September last year, Vee landed seed capital for Stirfire in June 2016 and since then has raised over $520,000 to grow the company, giving her the opportunity to work at the Studio full time.

Further growth is already on the horizon as Vee told us, “I am in the final stages of completing an ASX/ASIC compliant prospectus and we will be submitting this in the next few weeks. If all goes according to plan, we will be the second game company to list on the ASX (that we know of), targeting a market capitalisation of $5-$7-million.

This is Vee’s first time featured on the list, but it will certainly not be her last. Click here to read the MCV profile on Vee.

 

SOFIE MATHER

Community Manager at Stirfire Studios

Photograph of Sofie Mather, holding a lemon.In 2013 Sofie joined up with Louie Roots to launch SK Games, a rough-edged studio focused on making physical game experiences and arcade machines, a reality. Since then she has worked behind the scees as a Producer, Manager and Creative Support Person.

Mather was also heavily involved with the planning and execution of 2016 Perth Games Festival and was a driving force behind the Festival’s community launch party and the developer-focussed training “Unconference” event, which she also ran in 2015.

Sofie was also finalist for the Unsung Hero category, in the 2017 Women In Games Awards. She was also listed in MCV’s most recent 30 Under 30 list!

 


KATE RAYNES-GOLDIE

Founder/ Creative Director of Games We Play

Photograph of Kate Raynes-GoldieIn February, Kate wrapped up her 3 year contract with FTI to create their games and interactive program, where she was responsible for launching OOMPF! Games, WA’s only funding program for the games industry; WA’s first games industry scoping survey and LEVEL ONE which is now a regular games co-working opportunity spawning collaboration and innovation.

Kate’s now working full time advising in the VR/AR and innovation space as well a number of game projects, including a partnership between her studio Games We Play and Millennium Kids to work with kids as co-creators on a live action mixed reality game that teaches sustainability.

Kate was also finalist for the Outstanding Achievement of the Year category, in the 2017 Women In Games AwardsClick here to read the MCV’s profile on Kate. (Also, special thanks to Kate for the awesome team WA photo featured above)

 

SUSANNAH EMERY

PhD Candidate and Educator at Curtin University

Photograph of Susannah EmmerySusannah has a deep appreciation for her students and games education. She highlights increasing school attendance and student engagement in a primary classroom through the integration of a Nintendo Wii in the classroom and using this to explore Australian Curriculum outcomes as one of her greatest achievements to date.

She has also worked with a remote Indigenous community in the NT to develop a framework for game developers and educators, promoting a cross cultural collaborative approach to game development.

While based in South Australia, Susannah both teaches and researches through Curtin University. Click here to read the MCV profile on honorary Perthian Susannah.

 

MICHELLE SANDFORD

Technology Evangelist at Microsoft

Photograph of Michelle Sandford.Michelle is a Technology Evangelist who acts as an API between technology and the world. She is the Vice Chair of the Australian Computer Society in WA. She advocates for STEM, the Games Industry and Developers. Michelle has presented at around fifty conferences and events around the world on Technology, Inclusive Design, Diversity and Gaming in the past twelve months.

She tries to stay one jump ahead of the Game(boy) by thinking outside the (X)box. She surfs both waves and webs. And her motto is “Change the World or Go home!”

This is Michelle’s second time on the list, well deserved for all her hard work locally. Click here to read the MCV profile on Michelle.

JESS WATSON

General Operations at Lets Make Games

Photograph of Jess WatsonJessica has continued her work with Let’s Make Games, Western Australia’s game development community organisation. Having worked as one half of the Operations Team since 2013, she manage the organisation’s online presence and community.

2016 was her final year as Coordinator of the Perth Games Festival. Working alongside Jon Hayward and the Festival Committee, they expanded the spaces available for local developers and have continued to improved the accessibility initiatives.

Our very own Jess has also made the list for the second time running! Click here to read the MCV profile on Jess.

 

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Know another inspiring West Australian?

There are so many awesome folks in the games industry working hard and inspiring others with their games, work and support. If there are West Australian in games you think deserve some recognition, please say so in the comments!

We would love to hear about the work others are doing, and a mention here could help some hard-working individuals feel appreciated, not to inspire nominations to awards in the future!

Playup Perth: KickstART Special Edition for Kids and Families

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Playup Perth have a special event lined up this Saturday, as part of the KickstART Festival. Coordinated by Games We Play and FTI, this event is set to feature games for kids, including titles made by young local developers! If you or someone you know is a budding young game-maker, be sure to check it out.

What: Playup Perth: KickstART Edition
When: Sat 29th April, 1pm- 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray St, Perth
Cost:  FREE! (RSVP Required)

Featuring games created by local youth, this all-ages edition of Playup Perth is a great way to try out the latest games in development and meet the people behind their creation. Not only will you get to try your hand at the latest unreleased games, you’ll have a hand in helping make them better.

Spaces are limited and the games are entertaining, so be sure you BOOK HERE to secure your place before going! Check out the Playup Perth website for more details of the games on show, as well as future playtesting events.

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Get started in Virtual Reality, with the VR Bootcamp

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Interested in virtual reality but not sure where to start? Check out VR Bootcamp this weekend to get grounded in this new creative space and see where it can take you, thanks to FTI and Frame VR.

What: VR BOOTCAMP
When: Sat 29th April, 10am- 2pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza Community Room, Cnr Lake ST & James ST
Cost:  $85 FTI Members | $100 General
Tickets: via FTI Event Page

The VR Bootcamp is designed for beginners to virtual reality. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of VR: what it is, what it can do, and how it can be applied creatively and commercially. Learn from industry experts, Frame VR, and try the latest VR experiences on cutting-edge hardware. The VR Bootcamp will inspire you with ideas on how to apply VR to your artistic and business endeavours, and you will be ready to bring VR thinking into your own work practices.

For all the details head on over to FTI’s website.
Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up soon!