De Montfort University Announces Over Seven Hours Of Film In Short List For Machinima Festival Awards

For immediate release: 2 October 2007

De Montfort University's Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) today announced that it has over seven hours of film short listed for Europe's first Machinima Festival, which it will host from 12th - 14th October.

Films have been submitted from a wide range of countries including: the UK; US; Canada; Belgium; the Netherlands; France; Germany; Austria; Finland; Sweden; Spain; Croatia; Slovakia; Japan and Australia.

The category receiving the most submissions was 'Best Direction' which received 112 entries; closely followed by 'Best Visual Design'.

Professor Andrew Hugill, Director of De Montfort University's Institute of Creative Technologies: "The number, breadth and depth of submissions for the festival have been fantastic. We are getting lots of enquiries from all over the world and it is likely people will be attending from many countries. This is a great response and I would just like to remind everyone to register via the festival website if they intend to come."

Over 80 hours of viewing was required to shortlist the number of films submitted, some of which were subtitled.

The festival, which will take place at the University's campus centre, 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 attend the festival should visit http://www.MachinimaEurope.co.uk.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

If you would like to attend the festival or interview any of the organisers or judging panel, please contact De Montfort University's Press Office on 0116 2577400


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