The 4th Annual The Escapist Film Festival Is Now Live

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The 4th Annual The Escapist Film Festival Is Now Live

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The Escapist Film Festival is a talent search where the world's best videos compete for an exclusive paid contract with The Escapist. Many will enter, all will be shown, but only one can win. Who will grab the spotlight this year?

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. If you're one of these undiscovered talents, we'd like to see your videos and have them become a regular feature on The Escapist.

Submit your video and it will become part of a video gallery on The Escapist. If your video has what it takes to be the best, your series will be added to our awesome weekly video line-up viewed by millions around the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get paid to do what you love.

To view all of the rules and deadlines, please click here. All submissions will be open through October 29th, 2010 at 11:59PM EST, so get those cameras rolling!

Good luck!

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I eagerly await the entraints. Last year had a grand turn out of shows.

Oh gosh it's starting already?!! It's okay... I can get a 5 minute Cartoon in before October 29th... Curious though: Do we have to sign a waiver? If so, where's the link?

Cant wait to see the epic entries!

Hopefully it will be better than last year and will yield something almost as awesome as Unskippable (it can't be too funny remember).

Oh crud, already? I'd better get started.

I'm still depressed that the Pokemon guys didn't take the deal last year.

Wooh! Yes! I love these things.

Percutio:
I'm still depressed that the Pokemon guys didn't get the deal last year.

I voted for that thing every day I could too and still bumms me out that it lost. Finger's crossed we'll get the next Unskippable or Doomsday Arcade this year. :D

Awesome :D I've been waiting for this.

Question: If we use videogame sprites from a Nes game or whatever then is that considered copyright? I notice a lot of it being used in other web videos.

dalek sec:

Percutio:
I'm still depressed that the Pokemon guys didn't get the deal last year.

I voted for that thing every day I could too and still bumms me out that it lost. Finger's crossed we'll get the next Unskippable or Doomsday Arcade this year. :D

I know... it was the only one I really liked :/

I'd like something more dramatic like that with occasional funny bits, we need more variety

Hey! Guys that made that recent Pokemon movie trailer! Hit this shit up!

Looking forward to another year of moderate excellence and overwhelming mediocrity.

Mr.Mattress:
Curious though: Do we have to sign a waiver? If so, where's the link?

By submitting your video you are already agreeing to the terms of the event.

Trogdor1138:
Awesome :D I've been waiting for this.

Question: If we use videogame sprites from a Nes game or whatever then is that considered copyright? I notice a lot of it being used in other web videos.

It's a grey area. If you use the exact characters from the game, Nintendo (or any other company) can yank it. If they are a "likeness" of NES characters, you should be clear. We of course will have to see after you submit it of course.

Dear Escapist,

I think it's possibly clear to some that I'm still a little... bitter about the outcome of last years festival... What with the viewer's choice award amounting to roughly diddly-squat.

I need to know something.

If the majority of Escapees vote for a certain entry as their favourite, is that video going to win this year? Y'know as logic would dictate, or should I just not bother voting this time?

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

With hope,

-Archemetis.

God dammit... I suppose I'll have to wait until next year to prepare my entry. It's too early in the year for me to even start it now. I don't even have the script prepared... Ah well. I'll win next year, I'm sure of it.

I would totally do this, I think I'm pretty funny as do other people.
I just don't have the resources or friends to do it with :(

Archemetis:
Dear Escapist,

I think it's possibly clear to some that I'm still a little... bitter about the outcome of last years festival... What with the viewer's choice award amounting to roughly diddly-squat.

I need to know something.

If the majority of Escapees vote for a certain entry as their favourite, is that video going to win this year? Y'know as logic would dictate, or should I just not bother voting this time?

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

With hope,

-Archemetis.

No. The choice for the overall winner and who will get the contract is the choice of The Escapist team alone. Viewer's Choice is something fun to do and gives bragging rights to the winner. Does that mean we won't ever work with them? Who knows, the sky is the limit and there are a lot of great directors out there.

Archemetis:

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

I think last year it wasn't even in the top 4 for the grand prize.

Bassman_2:
I would totally do this, I think I'm pretty funny as do other people.
I just don't have the resources or friends to do it with :(

You're right, I think I have the creativity to do something interesting, but having no friends readily available to help with such a task is a downer.

Sure, we could probably think something up ourselves, but what fun would that be.

On a similar point, has anyone here tried making a video with fellow Escapists? That would be pretty cool.

Spinwhiz:

Archemetis:
Dear Escapist,

I think it's possibly clear to some that I'm still a little... bitter about the outcome of last years festival... What with the viewer's choice award amounting to roughly diddly-squat.

I need to know something.

If the majority of Escapees vote for a certain entry as their favourite, is that video going to win this year? Y'know as logic would dictate, or should I just not bother voting this time?

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

With hope,

-Archemetis.

No. The choice for the overall winner and who will get the contract is the choice of The Escapist team alone. Viewer's Choice is something fun to do and gives bragging rights to the winner. Does that mean we won't ever work with them? Who knows, the sky is the limit and there are a lot of great directors out there.

Fair does, as long as I know ahead of time.

Personally I still don't see how the one that the audience voted for didn't qualify as a winner... But maybe there's something I'm not getting about all this.

Thanks for the response.

Bassman_2:

Archemetis:

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

I think last year it wasn't even in the top 4 for the grand prize.

It's why I said 'second place at best'... Not just 'second place.'

Wolf Devastator:
On a similar point, has anyone here tried making a video with fellow Escapists? That would be pretty cool.

I'd imagine it's been thought of, but it be hard to organize meetings to plan and perform when people may be of different time zone, have lives that have absolutely nothing do with each other, and distribution of pay also becomes an issue, maybe.

I would like to make a vid with someone however, perhaps a gameplay footage vid? Skits on multiplayer games? Voiceovers on singleplayer games and antics?

Bassman_2:

Wolf Devastator:
On a similar point, has anyone here tried making a video with fellow Escapists? That would be pretty cool.

I'd imagine it's been thought of, but it be hard to organize meetings to plan and perform when people may be of different time zone, have lives that have absolutely nothing do with each other, and distribution of pay also becomes an issue, maybe.

I would like to make a vid with someone however, perhaps a gameplay footage vid? Skits on multiplayer games? Voiceovers on singleplayer games and antics?

I'm sure if they had proper green screen and good coordination they could do something unique, playing off of the fact that they don't live anywhere near each other.

Say, if they wanted to do the opposite of Doomsday Arcade and A Good Knights Quest and have some geeks invade the gaming world. But it'd have to be unique of course.

Now that I think about it, that Pokemon submission from last year probably wouldn't fare well considering that new Apokelypse preview that's been going around.

Holy shit already?

Sadly I cannot join the fun, but I hope we get another Doomsday Arcade up in here.

Well this is pretty awesome. These annual film festivals are always pretty cool. I'll try to watch them all for reals this year.

VOTE FOR THE UNDERDOGS
WHATEVER THEY ARE

Spinwhiz:

Mr.Mattress:
Curious though: Do we have to sign a waiver? If so, where's the link?

By submitting your video you are already agreeing to the terms of the event.

Oh, well I meant the legal Waiver. Nevermind though, I found it and got is signed (I am unfortunatly 17... Well, technically 16 till next Monday), so by the time I upload the video onto here, I should have emailed you the Waiver. Best luck to everyone, Including me.

Does the contest allow animated submissions? For example, an original sprite-animated series?

teknoarcanist:
Does the contest allow animated submissions? For example, an original sprite-animated series?

Yeah dude, my Submissions are going to be Cartoons. In fact, they give a special prize to First Prize Animations. Sure, it's not a contract, but it's something nice.

BTW, can we submit more then one series? Or can we only submit one?

This looks very interesting, but while I have a ton of ideas, being the paranoid person I am I doubt I'll participate.

Maybe I'll muster the courage to submit something, but for now I eagerly await other submissions. Good luck to everyone!

Every year, I see this announcement and I make grand plans for myself to actually get up and do something... and then I do nothing and watch other people win. So this year, I'm actually going to do something! Maybe...

And a small question... can I use music from a specific game and credit it to this game? As in... if I used a song from Metal Gear Solid and say "Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3 copyright blah blah blah" could I do that without actually getting direct permission from Mr. Kojima himself?

Mr.Mattress:

BTW, can we submit more then one series? Or can we only submit one?

I am wondering this too, as I have two ideas

Archemetis:
Dear Escapist,

I think it's possibly clear to some that I'm still a little... bitter about the outcome of last years festival... What with the viewer's choice award amounting to roughly diddly-squat.

I need to know something.

If the majority of Escapees vote for a certain entry as their favourite, is that video going to win this year? Y'know as logic would dictate, or should I just not bother voting this time?

I'd like to avoid getting angry again when the video most of us spend days voting for wins 'second place at best' like last year...

With hope,

-Archemetis.

Im going to have to agree with you to a point, Good Knights quest just dident hit with me, it felt, laking, no real story and what not, the pokemon video was amazing, i hope they try again this year.

How do you feel about 2-3 entries for one person? I've had a few ideas, but I end up over analyzing and thinking its a clone of something here.

Hmmm... I want to educate people on the internet about the internet. I see far too many people (even on here) falling for trolls, not knowing what memes are, yet still quoting them and stuff like that. The only problem is that I lack a camera...

Ah well... Maybe next year?

Calumon: We're rooting for everyone!

I was wondering if images and names of consoles would be classed as a breach of copyright. If so I will re-think my entry idea.

Thanks in advance for your help.

no offence to a good knights quest, it was alright, but i thought But i did it in a videogame and pocket monsters were better
i hope we get just as good this time round, with a good mix of originality and plot. i need something story based to replace doomsday arcade, because the other things i watch (ZP, UnS, EC, ENN) dont have plots

EDIT: sorry didnt realise

Virgil:

Percutio:
I'm still depressed that the Pokemon guys didn't get the deal last year.

As far as I know, we offered them a contract and the show was in production, but they canceled on us because it was too much work to make it a regular show. Sometimes that's how it ends up.

Even though there's only one winner declared, we've offered to publish multiple series every year. I doubt that'll change, if there's something interesting enough.

doomsday arcade was supposed to be bi-weekly, but later in the series it ended up being a preview/episode alternating every 3 weeks or so. i would have waited a month to see another episode!

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