UWA 5th Machinima Challenge; L$700K in prizes

On Friday February 10th, the University of Western Australia (UWA) kicked-off their fifth MachinimUWA Challenge under the title Seek Wisdom.

On offer are prizes totalling L$700,000 (approx. $3,000 US), including a top prize of L$130,000 and a UWA special prize of L$100,000, with eleven prizes in total on offer. The challenge is being co-sponsored by UWA, AviewTV, Philip Vought & The Tornado Gallery.

The Major Rule and Other Requirements

To quote from the press release on the Challenge:

Your machinima can be about whatever you choose, but there is one rule all entries must follow. The only requirement is that at least ONE of the 100 Treasures from UWA must form part of your story. These are actual treasures, however at least 17 of them exist on UWA land in Second Life. You may choose to include as many of the treasures as you like so long as there is at least ONE. Apart from this, feel free to film anything, anywhere. You may use props at the location, or maybe want to change the footage later during the post process, this is up to you… as long as the treasure or treasures you choose to be part of your Machinima can be recognised and form part of your storyline.

The recommended running time for entries is around 4 minutes 30 seconds in length. This isn’t a hard rule, but entries aiming for the UWA L$100,000 special prize, which will be awarded to the machinima that best captures the essence or spirit of 100 years of seeking wisdom at UWA, must fit within the recommended length.

Additionally, entrants are asked that they acknowledge the works featured in their submission and the lands in which the submission was filmed.

Completed entries should be uploaded to a suitable broadcast medium (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), and links to the film sent to the UWA’s Jayjay Zifanwe and LaPiscean Liberty.

Closing Date for Entries

Midnight SLT, June 30th, 2012.

About the Theme

“Seek Wisdom” is the UWA’s own motto, found in its coat of arms, and was selected as the theme of the challenge to honour the new way education is delivered at UWA, “New Courses 2012.” The requirement to include at least one of the 100 treasures from the UWA in entries is to mark the university’s upcoming centenary in 2013.

Where to find 17 of the 100 UWA Treasures in SL

To help machinimatographers get started, the UWA press release for the Challenge lists the location of 17 of the treasures in SL, and entrants are encouraged to read about the 100 online treasures in the UWA book to gain a further feel for possible subject matter.

Prize List in Full

  • 1st Prize: L$130,000
  • 2nd Prize: L$105,000
  • 3rd Prize: L$85,000
  • 4th Prize: L$60,000
  • 5th Prize: L$40,000
  • 6th – 10th Prize: L$30,000
  • UWA Special Prize: L$100,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
  • Best Machinima Poster: L$10,000 (awarded by SL Machinima Poster Archive; Glasz Decuir)
  • Machinima Audience Participation Prize: L$20,000


Questions relating to the challenge should be sent directly to the UWA’s Jayjay Zifanwe. Seek wisdom poster by Eliza Wierwight.


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