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ESI Film Festival Calls For Submissions From Filmmakers Around The World

New event will shine a light on those behind the screens by telling stories related to esports and video games

Established in 2016, Esports Insider is a media company that focuses on the business and events aspects of the ever-growing esports industry. Come October 20th, the company will host ESI London, an esports and video games industry festival. And for the first time, we will be getting the ESI London Film Festival.

Since esports and video games are having a significant impact on society today, ESI aims to provide everyone with an opportunity to tell their stories of how esports and gaming have changed their lives. To achieve this, they’re bringing the first film festival for esports and video games to highlight the impact that video games and esports can have on people’s lives through the art of filmmaking.

Showcasing the impact of video games 

Any filmmaker can participate for an opportunity to win part of the £10,000 prize pool. Simply submit a short film that explores the topics of digital inequality, diversity or mental health before the submission deadline on September 15th, 2023.

If selected, a participant’s film will be selected as one of the top three entries to be featured at the ESI Film Festival.

Below is a summary of the event and submission criteria: 

  • Where and When: BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, 7-10:30 pm, 20th October 2023
  • Short film length: Max 40 minutes
  • Accepted themes: Digital inequality, diversity, mental health
  • Prize pool: Winner £5,000, 2nd place £3,000, 3rd place £2,000
  • Submission deadline: 15th September 2023

Interested participants can read this document to go over the precise rules and further criteria for submissions. If you’re not a filmmaker but still want to get involved, you can apply to become a judge, join the advisory board or take on one of the partner roles. To do this, fill out this form.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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