It’s our favorite time of year again! It’s time to announce this year’s Saxxy Awards, and lay out the rules and deadlines for submissions. We’re especially excited to find out how the mix of universes for entries this year is affected by both the release of the SFM within the Dota 2 Reborn Beta and the Dota 2 Short Film Contest.
We’re mixing up the categories again this year, to encourage more of you to submit entries. (and encourage the overachievers among you to submit more entries!) The Action, Comedy and Drama categories are all changing to have a 3 minute limit, and there will be a new Extended category that has the 5 minute limit from prior years. We believe that there are a great many stories to be told in the new 3 minute format, and we hope to see more of them by adding categories in the gap that existed between 1 and 5 minutes.
On a more technical note, we’re also changing the way that submissions are uploaded, so you upload your entries directly to YouTube, and add them to your Steam profile, instead of uploading through the SFM. The submission deadline is November 11th, but once again, we’d like to remind you that you can upload non-final versions up to a week in advance of the final deadline, to guard against last-minute computer failures, internet outages, YouTube login problems, etc. Check the guidelines for details on the rules and deadlines, and get your entries ready!
Guys, I need you to do something. See that bottom-right entry, “No Hard Feelings”? That was made by my pal Ben, AKA SFMTales, who worked on it alone as a solo project.
Today, Valve announced it was one of four shortlisted videos chosen for the Saxxy’s Shorts category,which is a huge achievement in itself. This means he’s in with a chance to win the award itself. However, the videos he’s running against were all created by entire teams of people, including MaxOfS2D, so he needs all the support he could get.
EDIT:Apparently I’m bad at paying attention since voting’s actually ended now, but you guys should still go support his YouTube channel and junk - he makes some cool animations!