Call for Machinima Submissions

UnSymposium Machinima Stream 2011 – TBA

UnSymposium October 21- 23  Location- TBD

VWBPE Machinima Stream 2011 – now closed

Machinima is video recorded real-time in interactive 3D virtual worlds and video games such as Second Life, World of Warcraft, and even Club Penguin. The purpose of this new stream is to promote the production and use of machinima and virtual film making in education. Machinima is a method that allows educators, researchers, and students to create content in a virtual environment. This content can then be used in traditional, blended, and virtual environments.The machinima stream is comprised of two components.

Part 1

The first component is for traditional conference presentations on the use of machinima in education. Examples would include but are not limited to:

  • Machinima in the classroom
  • Teacher case studies
  • Machinima discussions
  • Networking sessions
  • Guest machinima artists sharing techniques

Presentation Time: Not to exceed 110 minutes including Q & A.

Part II

To encourage the production of machinima and the growth of a community of educators, researchers, and students who produce machinima, VWBPE will be holding a machinima fest and viewing during the 2011 conference. Submission can be made by an individual or group. A panel of educators, researchers, students, and machinima artists will choose a best in each category. Additional awards may be given based on the recommendation of panel.

Workshops will be offered over the next three months to provide more information, production techniques, and sim locations open for machinima production. Please follow the vwbpe twitter for more information.

Machinima produced by educators, researchers, and students will be accepted in the following categories:

Machinima Submission Categories:

Make a machinima video of how virtual worlds produce deeper learning.

Using any of the following possible categories:

Virtual World Outreach
1-2 min target – 3 min max
Be creative, bold and inspiring!

You are here.
1-2 min target – 3 min max
Shorts in this category are based on the conference theme – “You are here.” Show us why you here, your virtual community and place in the Metaverse. Are you in multiple virtual worlds? Show us that too!

3 min target – 4 min max
The perfect three minute machinima. Can you teach something well in three minutes? Show us how you do this.

5 min target – 7 min max
Show us an educational machinima used for the F2F, blended or virtual classroom.  

2-5 min target – 6 min max
Show us your best! Open to more than Second Life – give us Halo, WoW, Grand Theft Auto! We’re ready for it.

2- 5 min target – 6 min max
During the next three months, specific sims will be announced that are open for filming. Machinima entered in this category are required to use the specific sim location for 90% of their machinima.

Digital Storytelling
2- 5 min target – 6 min max
Do you have a story? We have an audience.

Brave Beginner
1 min target – 2 min max
For first time producers who have never made or uploaded a machinima to YouTube before. So be honest (first-timers only) and be brave!

1-5 min target – 6 min max

Videos should be saved with the high definition resolution of 1280 x 720p and uploaded to YouTube. The video YouTube URL should be included in the submission to

Additional Information for the WordPress and to be included in the submissions for the OJS

All submissions should include a credit section at the end of the video. Please provide attribution for public domain and Creative Commons material. Name the author and others who have contributed to the video.

Year of production of the machinima film does not matter. Submitted works do not need to be pure (100%) machinima, but should contain be at least 80% machininima.

Non- English language films should be submitted with English sub-titles.

By submitting this video to the conference, I understand I am granting VWBPE a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, capture still images from, display, transmit, stream, and broadcast my submission in association with and during the VWBPE conference from the submission date and thereafter unless otherwise revoked in writing by me.

A submission on site must be completed for each film being submitted to the conference. Educators, researchers, and students may submit as many of their own films as they wish.

For questions or comments please email


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