The 4th Annual The Escapist Film Festival is back to shine the spotlight on the best and brightest in web video.

We work hard each week to produce award winning video content that game enthusiasts find entertaining, humorous and insightful. We also know some of the best producers of web video have yet to be discovered.

The Escapist Film Festival is a talent search where the world's best web video producers compete for the Grand Prize, an exclusive paid contract with The Escapist. The Escapist will host each submission in a video gallery with the top entries prominently displayed. The Grand Prize-winning series will be added to The Escapist's weekly video line-up, which is viewed by millions around the world. For information on how to participate, read below.

Good luck!

To Submit

To submit your video, visit the following page: You will be asked to enter your Title, Description and keyword Tags. Upon completion, you will be forwarded to an upload page. Browse for your file and click "Upload". If there are any errors during submission, you will be asked to resubmit . If there aren't any errors, your video was successfully submitted. Failure to follow these instructions will result in automatic dismissal.

This year, you have the option of creating a title card/title logo that will appear as a thumbnail in the final video gallery. This piece of art should be no bigger than 300x300 and submitted as a .png, .jpg or .gif file. Please send this art via email to [email protected] as an attachment and include your The Escapist username and Title of submission. This email is for the title card/title logo ONLY. Any email with a video submitted or that fails to submit the information requested will be deleted.

What are we looking for?

  • Subject - Is the subject matter interesting to readers of The Escapist?
  • Creativity - Is it fresh and unique?
  • Longevity - Will this remain funny/interesting/relevant over time?
  • Polish - Make it shine, people!

What are we NOT looking for?

  • Nudity - Just. Don't. Do. It. We beg you.
  • Copyrighted material - Stealing is naughty.
  • Sex acts (simulated or actual) - See above nudity clause.
  • Commercial advertisements - Yawn.
  • From the suits - Acts prohibited under law in any national, state or local jurisdiction in which The Escapist website may be viewed.

After you've created your masterpiece, upload the video on our site to our video player no later 11:59PM EST on October 29th. Voting for the Viewer's Choice will start the week of November 1st and last through Sunday, November 7th. The winner will be chosen the week of November 8th.


  • Entry must be received no later than 11:59 EST, October 29, 2010 and submitted to
  • Videos must be no longer than 5:00 minutes in length.
  • Preferred file size is less than 200MB.
  • All actors or participants must be over the age of 13.
  • Content must be original to the contest.
  • Contest entry grants non-exclusive license to publish and distribute submitted content.
  • You must be a registered member of The Escapist to enter. Membership is free.

Official Rules

The Prize

An exclusive paid video contract with The Escapist! While we are holding a Viewer's Choice this year as well, bragging rights and a special badge are the prizes associated with becoming the Viewer's Choice Winner.

Last Year's Winners

Are you wondering what the competition has been like in the past? Look no further! Below you will find the videos for the past winners of The Escapist Film Festival: 2009 Winner "A Good Knight's Quest", 2008 Co-Winners "Unskippable" and "Doomsday Arcade" and 2007 Winner "De-rez". Please remember, we are looking for unique and cutting-edge ideas. If your vision is different from the past winners, we can't wait to see it.

Good Knight's Quest
2009 Winner
2008 Winner
Doomsday Arcade
2008 Winner
2007 Winner