Friday, July 21, 2017

Art of the Artists: Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge (L$430,000 Prize Pool)

Art of the Artists: Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge - L$430,000 Prize Pool
Sponsored by Slartist & The Writers Centre, Singapore

PREAMBLE: We are absolutely thrilled to be able to run a machinima event again, thanks to the generosity of LaPiscean Liberty & Slartist as well as Singh Albatros and The Writers Centre, Singapore. This is not a continuation of the MachinimUWA series, which ended in Dec 2015, with MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible, rather this is 'A New Hope,' if you will, that has a life primarily thanks to LaPiscean Liberty, who wants to nourish the dynamic partnership between artists and filmmakers. EDIT: Plus 2 new wonderful sponsors, Virtlantis and PookyMedia!

DATES:   Submissions open through 31st December 2017

Entries will be displayed on the University of Western Australia (UWA) Second Life blog and the Slartist website.

THEME: Create a film with a work of art!

SUBJECT MATTER: Any artworks that sit on the UWA Sims in Second Life, and these include artworks created when the sims themselves were created in 2009 can be selected to feature in your machinima. You may choose individual artworks OR a collection of artworks around which to weave a story. The artwork(s) need to be a relatively significant part of the story, and not merely something glimpsed in passing.

An additional award is being sponsored by The Writers Centre, Singapore for any machinima that includes 'The Merlion' sculpture.


UWA MAIN GALLERY - This is where our main current art exhibitions are. Our most recent show, "Transformations," is expected to remain up at least through the end of this year.

THE MERLION - This is a special installation that replicates a large iconic sculpture in Singapore. There is a small copy on UWA's sims that gives information  and a landmark to the full size installation on the Monash University sims. There is information there about the Merlion Portal Project concerning cultural, literary and artistic significance of the Merlion.

UWA Archive Gallery (Upper Level) - Selections from the past 8 years of UWA art shows.

UWA Archive Gallery (Lower Level)
UWA Archive Gallery (Annex) - A few special installations

UWA MAIN SIM - Home of the iconic Winthrop Hall clock tower, Somerville outdoor cinema, the Moreton Bay Figs, and Sunken Garden. Some art works from the closing sims will be moving to platforms above.

 NOTE: The artwork may be filmed in its current location, but it is not a must to film it there, so long at the focus of the machinima is centered around the artworks. You may communicate with the artists to film their works in other locations, and work with them on the film. Please contact FreeWee Ling or Jayjay Zifanwe if you need to be able to rez blue screen, etc., as part of your filming process.

*As of today 4 sims form the UWA cluster, namely UWA, University of WA, UWA Winthrop & WASP Land. Only the first 2 sims have a guaranteed lifespan for the next 2 years, the other two could disappear anytime as there is only funding to support 2 of the sims. Filming artwork on the sims that may disappear would be a great service to the art!

Create a machinima that features some (or one) of the artworks sitting on the UWA Sims in SL. You can choose to film as many (or as few) as you like, and you may submit any number of entries. The absolute maximum time limit is 8 minutes (longer films will be accepted but will not be considered for the challenge).

Method of Entry & Other Info:
  • Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably YouTube or Vimeo, and provide the link to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty.
  • This will appear on the  Slartist@UWA channel and RSS on Slartist that will appear on the front page as well as on Roku TV
  • Please acknowledge the artworks you feature, the lands that you film in & please acknowledge and get authorisation for any music you use.
  • You own all rights to the films you create, but by entering the challenge you agree to provide UWA, Slartis & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes.
  • All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).
  • You may submit films previously made, so long as they feature an artwork currently sitting on UWA land in SL AND you have not previously submitted this film to the UWA MachinimUWA series of challenges
  • Films will not be accepted if they include excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting or inappropriate material, or excessively foul language, in particular where religious references are used. Depictions of gratuitous nudity or sexual activity may not be appropriate and may be rejected
  • If you need to rez (blue screen etc), contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling
  • If you have questions, want to discuss anything, or add to the prize pool,  please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
Current Prize Pool
1st Prize - L$75K,
2nd Prize - L$50K
3rd Prize - L$40K
4th Prize - L$30K,
5th Prize - L$20K
6th - 10th Prizes - L$7K
'The Merlion' Special Prize - L$50K
UWA Special Prize - L$50K

(Above numbers will adjust upwards as the prize pool has increased by L$80,000)


Chantal Harvey - Judging Panel Chair
Harnake Hunspal - Freelance Producer and Producer / Director
Tess Baxter (SL: tizzy canucci)
Craig Harbison -

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