Valve opens submission bins for its 2021 Short Film Contest

Every year, Valve hosts a Short Film Contest to promote aspiring filmmakers by allowing them to submit their work and allowing the community to vote on the video they prefer.


Creators may now submit their work to the Steam Workshop, which will be accessible until July 25. Each of the top submissions will be presented in-game and subjected to a community vote, with the winner entries scheduled to appear on the screens and stage of The International 10 in August.

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Each of the top ten submissions will get at least $500, with Valve paying $25,000 to first place, $10,000 to second place, and $5,000 to third place, respectively.

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“After an unexpected hiatus, we are pleased to announce the return of the Dota 2 Short Film Contest -- and that we're now accepting submissions for this year's event. Filmmakers have until 3:00pm PDT on July 25, 2021 to submit their short film creations of 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to be eligible for consideration.

As before, we invite all fans to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process to help us select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 10 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in the Dota client for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners.

Check out the Dota 2 Short Film Contest site for more information and guidelines on the submission process. And be sure to stop by the Workshop page regularly to help review the submissions you would like to see showcased at The International 10, live from Stockholm in August.“

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In terms of video submissions, they must be under 90 seconds long, feature Dota 2, and be at least 1080p in quality. The use of a source filmmaker is not required, and any mixture of animation and live-action will be permitted as long as the work is done exclusively for the competition.

Each of the top submissions will be shown in-game for a final community vote, and the winning entries will be revealed and shown on The International 10's screens and stage. Valve will pay $25,000 to the winner, $10,000 to the runner-up, $5,000 to the third-place finisher, and $500 to each of the remaining seven finalists. You will be informed via the email address associated with the Steam account(s) specified on the Videos workshop page if your video is chosen to show in-game for voting.

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