Helping more kinds of people make more kinds of games
With the generous sponsorship of the Canada Media Fund, Pixelles is proud to announce its new BIPOC Creator Program. (And if you are a sponsor who wants to join up and make our next Creator Program even better, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!)
We’re offering personally tailored mentorship and up to $10k CAD to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Person of Colour) Canadian game creators, as a grant. There’s no recoup, no publishing or platform requirements. You don’t even have to credit us if you don’t want to. You just have to make the game.
Our selection committee is listed below, made up of volunteer Pixelles coordinators and like-minded folks. We’re looking for small games with a strong authorial voice (a powerful impression of the creator’s voice, whether expressed in the art, writing, gameplay, audio, premise, or in some other way) created by solo devs or small diverse teams.
So, ask yourself. Do you:
- Want to make a new prototype, or make a prototype “real”?
- Have a plan for how to do so?
- Need a little bit of money to get it done, or at least to the next step?
If so, fill out the application! But please only fill it out once. Save your time and give others a chance.
Applications for the current round closed 11:59pm EST, January 24, 2021. Thank you to all who applied to our BIPOC Creator Program, and thank you for your patience as we enter the selection phase.
You can apply to the Pixelles BIPOC Creator Program if you:
- currently reside in Canada, with a Canadian bank account
- are the creative lead, and identify as a Black person, Indigenous person, or other person of color
- are making a game solo, or with a team of 3 or fewer full-time people
The Selection Committee
Your materials will be confidentially reviewed by:
- Jennifer Sunahara
- Hélène Marchis
- Miranda Due
- Tara Ogaick
- Lateef Martin
- Tanya DePass
- Osama Dorias
- Victoria Tran
- Rilla Khaled
- Rebecca Cohen-Palacios
- Marcelo Perez
Pixelles is grateful to these folks for generously donating their time and expertise. We hope we can make a decision and start funding games by the end of February 2021.
Does my application and/or game need to be in English?
No, but you may find it advantageous to do so. We have provided these materials in French to improve the accessibility to more French speakers across Canada, and 5 of the 10 committee members can read French well. However, the only language the entire selection committee speaks is English, so some committee members may need to use Google Translate or other methods to be able to meaningfully and quickly evaluate application materials, which may hamper communicating your intent accurately.
Are feminine or femme-presenting people preferred?
No, all gender expressions are valid and welcomed. There will be no tests to pass or intrusive questions to answer.
Why can’t I apply as a white person?
If you’re a white person, we support your game-making too! But the evidence of existing success and opportunities in the world indicate that white people already receive the lion’s share of help currently, so we’d like this program to address other needs.
Do you accept board games, card games, and/or tabletop roleplaying games?
Right now, this fund is only applicable to digital games, or experiences with a primarily digital interaction component.
My game is unannounced and secret!
We will treat your materials as confidential. We would like to announce that we supported you, but we will never release any information about your game (including the premise, genre, platform, or code name) without your consent.
My prototype is REALLY rough! I don’t want to show you…
This fund exists to help you get to the next stage — whether that’s finishing it, getting it ready for pitching to publishers, or something in-between. We’re game developers too, so we know how rough early prototypes can look. The important thing is that you clearly communicate your vision for the game and why this money would help you reach its next major goal.
Does my game have to be commercial? Does it have to be free?
We have no preference for either commercial or non-commercial works.
Can I use this money just to pay rent?
That’s a perfectly valid use of the grant. We just need to know what $10k of rent money would allow you to achieve and help your game reach its next stage of development.