Over the 8 year history of the Machinima Expo, we have always received at least 100 films to consider for screening. Last year we received about 50. This year (at the 3 month mark with one month to go) we have received a grand total of 18 films. As I said last year, “If we don’t receive enough films to make the Expo worthwhile, we will cancel”.
Well, I’ve called my own bluff. Damien and I (the last producers standing) don’t want to cancel, but we can’t present the Expo the way it’s always been, with multiple screenings, awards, live chat, and hours of programming. We don’t have the money, the films, and with a big lack of staff we don’t have the time.
Damien suggested with mini-me the Expo this year and after a lot of thought I agree. The Mini-Expo 8 will take place on Sunday, November 22 on our Facebook page and at this main website.
Damien and I have created a short video to explain more of our reasoning and details of the Mini-Expo 8.
Summary: No Full Expo on Nov 22, but Mini-Expo. ALL films submitted up to the deadline of Sept 31, 2015, will be screened. We will not have awards, but there will be some short programming pieces. No live chat (we are working on a FB chat, but don’t count on it).
The Machinima Expo 8 is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual virtual film festival which will take place on November 22, 2015. You can submit your film through our website (Use the SUBMIT link below) from June 1st to Sept 30st, 2015. This year we are returning to our roots and accepting Machinima (real time animation in a game engine) only. No other forms of animation will be accepted.
5 Simple Rules for submitting your film to the Expo 8
1. At least 60% of your film must be machinima. It must be shot in a real-time, game engine.
2. Your film cannot have been submitted to a previous Expo
3. If you use copyrighted music in your film we will only consider it for screening NOT for our jury competition.
4. You must provide a link from Vimeo or Youtube for us to download your film (you can make it private if you want)
5. You will have to fill out our application providing us with contact info, credits and a few snapshots from your film for publicity.
In return, we promise to consider your film carefully and let you know the first week of October, 2015 whether your film has been selected for the Expo 8. Jury Awards will be announced at the Expo in November.
Note: if this is your FIRST MACHINIMA FILM then you we will automatically screen the film regardless of its merit as part of a special screening reel. This is part of our new FIRST TIME DIRECTORS SERIES. Be sure you indicate that this is your first film when you fill out the submission form. Be honest!
If you can abide by our 5 Rules, please click the SUBMIT YOUR FILM link below to begin the submission process. We will notify you … Read the rest