You might’ve forgotten what with all the Gamescom stuff going on, but Dota 2‘s The International 2015 is also a big event going on right now – and one of the things going on there is the results of the Short Film Contest.

The Short Film Contest was revealed as an $8 million USD stretch goal for the TI5 Compendium, and asked aspiring creators to build a one-minute Dota 2 related movie and stick it up online for community voting. It could use animation, live-action, and Source Filmmaker (or any combination of the three), as long as it was done by 13 July.

The winners, in no particular order, are:

The Calling

Enigma’s Exasperation

Low-Priority Story

Tower Destroyers: Hidden Talent

The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice and The Calling are two personal favourites that I’d seen before, but all five are pretty damn exceptional. Give them a look above. With luck I’ve linked the right video in the right place, although as these are on YouTube rather than Steam, these might not be the “final” versions of each. Sorry!

Valve are awarding “$20,000 in prizes” to the winners. I’m assuming that’s going to be split between all five, but the exposure is nothing to sniff at either.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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