Pitch Start 2023

The Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival is back! Themed “Shout It Out: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”, YSDAF 2023 aims to celebrate all things Malaysian.

Pitch Start is now calling for innovative ideas for a curated mixed medium experience, preferably with a digital and interactive component, that best exemplifies its festival theme. Successful applicants stand to win a grant of up to RM20,000 to premiere the work at YSDAF 2023 finale weekend.


Deadline for all entries is 30 April 2023, 11.59pm Malaysian time.
Other key dates below:

30 Apr            Submission deadline
8 May             Review with producers
11 May           Shortlisted applicants to be notified
26 May            Interview / Live Pitch session
5 Jun ^           Winner to be notified
Jun – Aug      Two internal preview sessions for committee’s feedback
19 – 20 Aug   Premiere at YSDAF 2023 finale weekend

Criteria & Guidelines:

  1. Open to Malaysians and Malaysian residents of all ages.
  2. Create a curated mixed medium experience, preferably with a digital and interactive component, based on the theme “Shout It Out: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” which celebrates all things Malaysian.
  3. Open to works in any languages or genre but must be a mixed medium and preferably interactive e.g. audio-visual experience, projection mapping with live performance etc.
  4. Possible locations to showcase the work includes Indicine, Pentas 1 foyer or Lawn area.
  5. Ideas must be able to be adapted to different locations.
  6. Must be a new work that has not been performed or showcased before.
  7. Will premiere at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2023 finale on 19 and 20 August 2023. 
  8. One project will be awarded with a maximum budget of RM 20,000 (Includes development, production, staging and performance fee. Travelling cost is not covered, it is at own expense).
  9. Staff of klpac, The Actors Studio, and Yayasan Sime Darby are not eligible.
  10. Shortlisted applicants must attend a compulsory pitching / interview session at applicant’s own expense on 26 May 2023.
  11. Committee’s decision is final and no appeal will be entertained.
  12. As there is a review process in place, the Committee may provide feedback / suggestions to the winner to take into account.
  13. Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival retains the rights to the production as a whole but artistes retain rights to the individual components. However, works can be restaged or showcased again with the permission of the Committee.
  14. The piece may be selected as part of the press preview. No additional fee will be allocated for the group.
  15. Only shortlisted candidates will be granted an interview slot.

*Terms & conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

^ Dates subject to change.