Updated: 06 Jan 2012

Machinima Festival Winners Showcased at Youki International Youth Media Festival in Austria

4th September 2007

The Youki International Youth Media Festival has announced it will showcase the winning entries from Europe's first Machinima Festival, which is being hosted by De Montfort University's Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) this October. The Youki Festival will take place inAustriafrom 20th to24th November, 2007.

This announcement follows confirmation that Hugh Hancock, one of the founding members of the Machinima genre, will premiere his latest work, BloodSpell, at the European Machinima Festival, as well as hold a signing session for his recently published book, Machinima for Dummies, which he co-authored with Johnnie Ingram.

Submissions for the festival have been received from across the world, including the UK, US, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Japan and Australia.

Dr.Tracy Harwood, De Montfort University: "It really is exciting to see entries coming in from so many different countries across the globe. The festival has definitely grabbed the imagination of many people and shows how overall, the Machinima genre is gathering momentum."

Submissions to the award categories will be judged by a distinguished panel including: award winning author and Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at DMU,Kate Pullinger; Martyn Ware, artist and record producer, who was a founding member of the pop group The Human League and who also formed Heaven 17; and, Hugh Hancock.

Award categories include: Best Picture; Best Direction; Best Visual Design; Best Technical Achievement; Best Series; Best Experimental Machinima; Best Student Machinima; Best Sound; Best Commercial Machinima; Best Story.

The festival, which will take place at the University's campus centre from 12th - 14th October, will show case the award nominations and winners, and some of the latest Machinima films and games trailers, and is expected to attract Machinima makers world-wide. The festival is supported by the Academy of Machinima Arts Sciences (AMAS) and will include workshops which will cover many of the aspects of making Machinima.

People wishing to submit films or attend the festival should visit www.machinimaeurope.co.uk.

Attendees and competition entrants are required to read the De Montfort University Machinima Festival 2007 Intellectual Property Value Statement available at www.machinimaeurope.co.uk.

For more information about BloodSpell please visitwww.bloodspell.com and for Machinima for Dummieswww.machinimafordummies.com

For more information about the Youki International Youth Media Festival, please visit www.youki.at.

For further information or to be kept informed about IOCT activities, please contact:
The Director, Institute of Creative Technologies,
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: (+44) 0116 250 6146
Email: eedmonds [at] dmu.ac.uk

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