Valve announces return of DotA 2 Short Film Contest for The International 10

Winnings set of entries will be played Live at The International 10 stage.

Valve announces return of DotA 2 Short Film Contest for The International 10
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The International is all set to happen after two years in Stockholm, Sweden in the month of August. The tenth iteration of this grand event features a total prize pool of $40 million. In the meantime, along with the return of the event Valve is bringing back one of the DotA 2' favourite community event 'Short Film Contest'.

Just like last time, even this time around the Short Film Contest will see the best video chosen by the community who will eventually be the winner.

Creators can submit their work to the Steam Workshop until July 25, 2021. Every top submission will be showcased in-game and will go through a voting process.

Short Film Contest -

Short Film Contest prize pool -

  • 1st Place: $25,000
  • 2nd Place: $10,000
  • 3rd Place: $5,000
  • 4th-10th Place: $500

Submission Guidelines -

  • Entries must be no longer than 90 seconds.

  • Entries must pertain to Dota 2.

  • Entries can use any form or combination of animation or live-action technique in their creation. Using Source Filmmaker is not a requirement.

  • Each entry must be at least 1080p.

  • The deadline for submission will be Sunday July 25th 15:00:00 PST. The submission process must be completed, including uploading the video and filling out submission dialogs, before the submission period ends.

  • Submissions will be reviewed by the Steam community on the Steam Workshop. The top entries will be selected by Valve in its sole discretion to be featured in-game for a final vote by the community, and the winners will be announced at The International 10.

  • The video must be a new creation made specifically for the Dota 2 Film Contest.

  • You are free to use any Valve IP.

  • If you use any non-Valve IP, you must be the copyright owner or have explicit permission from the owner. You will be required to warrant to Valve that you have all necessary rights and permissions in order for the entry to be considered. Any submissions found to be infringing non-Valve IP will be disqualified. Note that for workshop items, you still need to provide a link to the items used, but you do not need explicit permission from the creator, since submission to the workshop automatically grants permission to use the item.

  • Multiple submissions per person are allowed.

  • Submissions must be free of advertisements.

The winning entries will also "play live at The International 10".