Before every The International Valve has held a Dota 2 Short Film Contest since 2015. It's a short film contest that everyone can participate in. And for the time of the contest's existence, there have been a lot of high-quality works that some of us may have missed. There are no videos from the year 2022 yet because there are almost two months until the application deadline. We'd like to look at this piece's most interesting entries.
Not a bad video technically; there's also a storyline and a hint of drama. It was the first opportunity to participate in the Dota 2 Short Film Contest, so there wasn't much competition.
The winner of the same year. A very high-quality reel that sarcastically incorporated the major issues and memes of the time (BF on Drow Ranger, Daedalus, and Crystal Maiden, 100% bashing from Spirit Breaker, Faceless Void with universal evasion). There was no competition for first place that year, either.
Lesllee has created quite a few Dota 2 animations. His content is appealing for its rather simple but enjoyable animation and graphics and for being funny. He certainly earned a place in the competition.
Oracle was a new hero at the start of TI 6, so it was widely expected that he would be featured in the video. It turned out pretty good.
A small and simple video, but devoted to an important subject - the problem of communication between teammates. In thirty seconds, the author has shown everything that's troubling him.
Players in position one might really like the concept of this video. Great audio, great concept, all beautifully executed.
Winner of 2016. Basically, almost every year the winners were almost perfect videos that included a share of humor, great audio, a flawless technical aspect, and also revealed some kind of problem. The idea behind this clip is that the supports sometimes fail to perform their tasks, causing the rest of the team to suffer.
2016 was much more interesting than the previous year, and there were noticeably many more worthy candidates.
Technically, one of the best videos in the history of the competition. The idea is not very complicated, but to create such a massive battle... It's praiseworthy.
Arthas called it the best video in history, and we can agree with him. A genius concept, and great realization. It's about how one mistake, however minor, can have devastating consequences...
And the first place is as usual. Once again, a brilliant idea and a feast for the eyes.
Not the best video ever, but the author's efforts are clearly worth celebrating. Good idea, a few references, and technically perfectly executed.
The idea is similar to The Ward from last year. One unfortunate action that seemingly shouldn't bring serious consequences yet it does.
The video didn't get high marks, which is a bit odd. A very high quality video with a great message - never give up.
Titanic? No way, here's the real drama. There's no action, but it's pretty sad. People were so moved by it that it won second place according to the polls.
And here is the first place. The competition was high, but there's no point in arguing that the award is deserved. Everything is perfectly rendered, and the concept resembles last year's winner.
There's even no need for words here. It shows the problem of players with purchased accounts, as well as an unexpected plot twist.
The second place winner is Roshan's story. It all looks beautiful and interesting.
And the year's winner. The creator 4fun has become a regular on the list of winners of this contest. There's nothing to be surprised about - he makes videos of extremely high quality. The video is great, although the year itself was pretty boring.
Since there was no TI in 2020, there was twice as much time to produce the videos, an extra year, to put it simply. So this year was probably the best year for quality videos. An incredibly beautiful video that didn't even make the top 10. The issue was probably a simple idea, but look how beautifully it was executed.
4fun again, but here he produced something unbelievably amazing. If you compare it to the works of 2017, the difference in technical execution is huge. And with this quality, the video only took third place in the voting.
Obviously, the most difficult work in Dota2 went to the couriers, but in 2021 they were given special attention because the videos about the couriers took the first two places. Well deserved.
Does everyone remember the patch when the couriers could use the items? This feature was available for a short time but helped this video take the first place that year.
Every year the audience could enjoy some great works, so we are waiting for the end of the contest to see the new interesting videos.