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Tips for Submitting a Successful Film Fest Entry

May 17, 2013

by Andrew Haak


ROBLOX International Film Fest 2013The submission phase of the ROBLOX International Film Festival is in full swing! During the first two weeks, ROBLOX builders have submitted more than 200 films, and many of them are undoubtedly capable of earning a coveted BLOXY Award. But don’t let that dissuade you; there are still two more weeks to submit and the weekend is imminent. It’s a perfect time to get started on your own film.

Those of you who didn’t swoop in and enter right away actually have an advantage: you can see what categories are stacked with competition and what categories remain thin. For instance, we’ve received a lot of ROBLOX machinima and commercials, but a relatively small number of city-specific films and physics/building showcases. If you want to improve your odds of getting noticed, produce a film that falls under a category with fewer entries. Create a city-specific film that shows the essence of Chicago, London or New York City within ROBLOX. Capture footage of yourself building something cool and intricate, then speed up the footage so we can see the whole process.

You can see all 200+ films that have been entered to date and survey the competition on the Film Festival contest. The submission deadline is June 3rd at 11:59 p.m. PT and, the next day, we’ll be opening the contest up for voting. If you’re planning on voting, it’s worth your while to start bookmarking your favorites today!

Click for more Film Fest infoWe’ve compiled some additional tips that should help ensure your video makes it through our approval process and becomes available for voting.

  1. Make sure that you leave the video up on your YouTube channel. If you take it down, neither we nor your fellow ROBLOX builders can see it.
  2. Beware of music libraries bundled in with video editing software. YouTube and Sony have great selections for you to use on their sites, but often restrict the viewing of such content externally. This will get your entry disqualified.
  3. Timing is everything. Part of being a ROBLOX cinematographer is not only making a great video, but also keeping it in check with the requirements. We are seeing a lot of videos that are too long. While a few seconds is not an issue, leave footage on the cutting room floor to get near the time limit.
  4. Remember that Film Festival content rules are the same as those of Make sure you double check on-screen chat and music before sending it our way.

Keep those entries rolling in! And remember that if your video was disqualified, you can fix the little things and resubmit it.

For complete information about the categories we’re seeking, time limits, prizes and a FAQ, please visit the ROBLOX Internation Film Festival page on the BLOXcon site.