Dota 2: Submissions Now Open for Short Film Contest

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Eyes here Dota 2 fans! It's that time of the year again when you're invited to squeeze out those creative juices. That's because submissions are now open for the Dota 2 Short Film Contest. Budding filmmakers have until September 4 at 6:00 p.m. EDT to submit their short film creations to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop.

Dota 2 fans worldwide are then invited to visit the Workshop to discuss and vote on their favorite submitted short films. Valve selects the best entries, and these are showcased as part of the broadcast for The International 2022. It is Valve that will nominate the top entries to be featured in the Dota client, where the final voting process is done by the community to determine the winners.

Each finalist that reaches the top ten is guaranteed to win $500. Meanwhile, the top three selections score prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their excellent contributions to the Dota community.

Here are the official 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 is Sunday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
    • The submission process must be completed, including uploading the video and filling out submission dialogs, before the submission period ends.
  • ​Submissions are reviewed by the Steam community on the Steam Workshop.
    • The top entries are selected by Valve in its sole discretion to be featured in-game for a final vote by the community.
    • Winners announced at The International 2022.
  • ​Submissions must be submitted to the Steam Workshop under the Dota 2 - Short Film 2022 game.
    • DO NOT submit the videos under Dota 2.
  • ​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 are required to warrant to Valve that you have all necessary rights and permissions for the entry to be considered.
    • Any submissions found to be infringing non-Valve IP are 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.

What are you waiting for? It’s time for lights, camera, and action! Dota 2 is available on PC.

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