Rules & criteria

Sony Talent League Edition II
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Submissions until November 28, 2021

Rules

  • Participation in this challenge is 100% free.

  • It’s for creators aged between 18 and 35 years old.

  • We accept entries from creators that turn 35 until December 31, 2021.

  • Creators can apply individually or as part of a group (maximum of four members). All members of a team must fit the age criteria outlined above. 

    • If you prefer going solo, no need to feel lonely. Our Tribe Care team is always here for you at [email protected] or Discord if you ever need anything. 

    • On the other hand, if you want to go the collaborative route, this is an excellent opportunity to develop teamwork skills and learn from each other! Click here to match with fellow creators from different areas who are eager to join forces (form must be filled by  October 24).

  • Submissions from organizations or companies are not permitted.

  • There is no limit on project submissions for each person.

    • But in the selection process, only one project per person can be selected.

  • Projects from all areas of the digital entertainment industry are accepted.

  • Projects that mix more than one creative field, such as animation, music, film, games, VR, digital photography, music, mixed media, and so on are encouraged.

  • The official language is English. This means the submission (materials and form) must be in English, and mentorships will also be in this language.

  • Projects should be original. Only ideas that are new and in the pitching phase will be accepted. Projects that are already known or were presented publicly are not eligible.

  • We will only consider projects that can be done primarily within the creators’ resources and can be completed by the 18th of March 2022, at least as a prototype.

  • The intellectual property owner of the project and the legal rights to use all the materials submitted must have to belong to the creator who makes the submission.

  • THU and Sony will be allowed to use the contents of the submitted projects, in the context of Sony Talent League by THU publicity,  including social media content, website display, etc.

  • By submitting a project, entrants agree to use the sponsor's branding only in accordance with these Rules and Regulations.

  • Our judges will value submissions that go over the boundaries and are not afraid of new technology.

  • Judging will be performed by a panel of expert judges previously announced on the THU Website in the first phase, and then by public vote.

  • Mentorships will be performed by a panel of expert mentors previously announced on the THU Website.

  • Creators must have at least 25 hours a week to dedicate to the project during the mentoring period.

  • Sony Talent League by THU will follow the timeline below:

    Sony Talent League by THU launch (public)
    During the THU2021 Main Event Opening Ceremony
    September 21 of 2021

    Submissions (public)
    From October 8th to November 28th of 2021

    Reviewing and judging submission (internal)
    THU Team selects eligible submissions and makes a project triage,

  • The judges have two rounds of submission reviews to select the TOP 10 projects

  • From 29th of November to 14th of December 2021

    TOP 10 Announcement (public)
    20th of December 2021

    Tribe Voting (public)
    20th of December 2021 to 03rd of January 2022

    3 Finalists announcement (public)
    7th of January 2022

    Mentorships
    From 10th of January to 18th of March 2022
    The weekly mentorship calendar will be created according to the availability of mentors and mentees.

    Finalists Final Pitch Preparation (internal)
    From 05th to 18th of March 2022

    Finalists Final Pitch Delivery Date (internal)
    18th of March 2022

    Finalists Final Pitch Launch (public)
    22th of March 2022

    Final Voting (internal - Grand Jury)
    From 22th to 24th of March 2022

    Final Winner  announcement (public)
    25th of March 2022

  • Sony Talent League by THU three finalist projects will get:

    • 10 weeks of mentorships to develop the project (per submission)

    • Funding of up to 10.000€ (per submission) 

    • The funding we provide is to help them support living expenses and make sure they can be fully committed and focused. 

    • The funding is not per person (in the case of team submissions) but per submission.

  • Sony Talent League by THU winner project will get:

    • Full-ride to THU next event (ticket, travel, accommodation, and meals) to each member of the winning team.

    • The winner or winning team will also have the chance to present and promote the project during the event

To start submitting a project you need to create a THU account and fill the submission form.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop your questions at [email protected]

Sony Talent League by THU reserves the right to make changes to these Rules and Regulations, if necessary, from time to time.

Criteria

We are looking for projects from all areas of the digital entertainment industry, that mix more than one creative field, such as animation, music, film, games, VR, digital photography, music, mixed media, so on.

Projects should be original. Only ideas that are new and in the pitching phase will be accepted. Projects that are already known or were presented publicly are not eligible.

We will only consider projects that can be done primarily within the creators’ resources and can be completed by the 18th of March 2022, at least as a prototype.

Our judges will value submissions that go over the boundaries and are not afraid of new technology.

Regarding the selection criteria, we have defined some fundamental parameters and indicators: (all of these will have the same value)

  1. Combination of creative areas,
  2. Compelling storytelling (though not necessarily as a narrative),
  3. Having a high artistic quality,
  4. Having originality.