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The Machinima Expo 6: A Virtual Film Festival for Machinima

This is the 6th year of the annual Machinima Expo. We need your help to present quality machinima films and programming for free to the world via the internet.

What is the Machinima Expo?

The Machinima Expo is a virtual film festival dedicated to machinima, the art of 3D animation made from game engines. The Expo, which takes place every year in November, is a non-profit event made up of volunteers from all over the world who work to share and promote the art of machinima. The event recognizes the best in this emerging art form by presenting films, machinima-related programming, interviews, and awards.

The main goals of the Machinima Expo are to share the finest machinima films from all over the world and to provide a meeting place for anyone who is interested in the art of machinima

The Machinima Expo 6 will take place on November 17, 2013. This is the sixth year of the Machinima Expo. In the previous five years we have screened over 300 films, provided almost 50 hours of programming, and have welcomed nearly 5,000 visitors to our virtual film festival. 

Here is the trailer we created from many of the 70 films we screened at the Machinima Expo in 2012. 



Where Does the Machinima Expo Take Place?

The Machinima Expo 6 will take place virtually through LiveStream, which is a live video streaming service. We upload our machinima films and our programming to the LiveStream server, and then on November 17th at 12 pm (PST) we will embed the feed on our website and our Facebook page. Through live video and web-chat, we’ll engage the machinima community and anyone who has come to watch the films and learn about machinima. 

To attend the Machinima Expo 6 all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

What Happens at the Machinima Expo?

The Machinima Expo is just like any other film festival except that our
festival focuses on machinima. Throughout the year we accept submissions from filmmakers, which are carefully screened, and the best are presented at the festival.. We also create several hours of programming which includes round-table discussions on machinima, and practical how-to tutorials on making sets, importing props, and creating a specific style for your machinima film. All of our programmers are active machinima filmmakers who have many years of experience.

Another important function of the Machinima Expo is to give out awards and prizes. Every year, an outside jury chooses three Jury films and one Grand Jury film. We also select an Audience Choice film. Our winners are honored with prizes and Expo statuettes.


How Your Donations Will Help the Machinima Expo

Although we are a small festival, we are dedicated to creating a high-quality event. Your donation will help us cover the following expenses:

  • $399 - The cost of ad-free streaming for one month on LiveStream
  • $225 - 3D printing costs for 4 specially designed awards
  • $500 - The cost for prizes awarded to jury winners (software, hardware)
  • $75 - Misc expenses (shipping, Google Ads, office supplies)

What Will We Give Back to You?

We have worked hard to come up with attractive perks for your donation to the Machinima Expo.

Everyone who donates will be publicly thanked and their names included in the credits of each machinima screening reel we will show at this year's Expo. A $10 donation gets you a Machinima Expo bumper sticker. We are creating special Machinima Expo t-shirts for
the $25 level of donation. And we will also be creating DVD/Blu-ray discs (your choice) of our Jury-nominated machinima films for those who donate at the $50 level. For a $100 donation you get all of the previous perks + a special page at the Machinima Expo website for you to promote anything you'd like that's machinima/animation related.

For our special perk, at the $500 level, you will receive a complete
two-minute machinima production from scratch
. We will script, shoot, act and edit a complete machinima film to your specifications. Want to create a special movie for a friend? A business promotion? Anything you can imagine, we will create for you in return for your $500 backing.


How You Can Help in Other Ways

We love making machinima movies. Even if you can't afford to support our fund drive, we'd love to meet you at the November 17th festival – remember, it’s FREE to attend! You can support us by posting a link to our IndieGoGo fundraiser at your website or Facebook page, tweeting your friends, and mentioning us at all your other favorite social media outlets.

You can find out more about machinima at our main website (
www.machinima-expo.com). We also welcome volunteers to help out at the Machinima Expo. Or just drop us a line using the contact form at our website. We can always use the encouragement.

Thank you for making our 2013 festival the best yet!


PS The Indie Go Go Promo video was made entirely in Moviestorm, an excellent machinima creation tool. The video was voiced by Ricky Grove and filmed by Damien Valentine. 

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