THE ROOTS OF HIP-HOP IN QUEBEC: THE VIDEO GAME

CALL FOR IDEAS

La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec joins the NFB and Major Productions in inviting independent video game studios to submit an original project idea on the roots of hip-hop in Quebec, based on the research notebook written by Félix B. Desfossés (Les racines du hip-hop au Québec : carnet de recherche – Tome 1, Éditions du Quartz, 2020).

Creativitiy Criteria

 

Votre proposition devra intégrer les contraintes suivantes :

  • The game must be grounded in reality, and the story must be based on documented facts;
  • The game must incorporate diverse voices and represent the diversity of voices in hip-hop culture;
  • The proposal must be an original idea;
  • The game must be a quest, single or multiple;
  • The game must be offered in both French and English versions;
  • There is no restriction on the number of players;
  • There is no restriction on the target audience;
  • There is no restriction on the game platform.

 

Administrative Criteria

 

Your proposal should take into account the following elements:

    • The budget for the project is approximately $350,000 CDN, which will be entirely funded by the NFB and Major Productions;
    • The budget includes a study phase, development (prototyping) and production of the final work;

Overall Timeline

Study Phase
From the end of September to December 2021

Call for ideas, jury, selection of the winning concept and acceleration workshop with the creative team to arrive with a concept ready for the development phase.

November 1 – Deadline for applications
November 8 – Pre-selection of the 4 finalist projects
November 16 – Pitch to the jury
November 18 – Selection of the final project
November 19 to December 17 – Acceleration of the project with the creation team

Development phase
From March to October 2022

Technology choices, editorial choices, UX and UI explorations, content creation and prototype development.

Production phase
From November 2022 to January 2024

Production until delivery of the final project.

Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2021, at noon (Montreal time)

About the project

Parties, DJs, MCs, urban dances, rap battles, radio and television shows: Montreal has been vibrating to the rhythm of hip-hop for over forty years. But how did this movement really begin in Quebec? Do we know its true roots? 

Since 2012, Félix B. Desfossés has been investigating the history of Hip Hop in Quebec (Les racines du hip-hop au Québec : carnet de recherche – Tome 1, Éditions du Quartz, 2020), with the support of mythical figures from the local Hip Hop community and the awareness that a huge and vibrant Afrodescendant community had been obscured from the story he was told about Quebec music. This narrative has contributed to the enlightenment of Hip Hop in mass culture.

The NFB, Major Productions, creative director Félix B. Desfossés and ethics advisor Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo hope that the stories of those who are an integral part of Hip Hop culture will become part of Quebec’s musical history.