Wizards of the Coast wants players to escape their fates, through recorded, fifteen-second films!
Yesterday, the company behind Magic: The Gathering and its derived games wrote an article detailing a contest they are holding known hereafter as the "Theros International Film Festival". The base rules of the competition are fairly simple – contestants will shoot a fifteen-second-long movie (think TikTok, or Vine) with the theme of "Escape Your Fate" and send it to Wizards of the Coast for judging. The top four contestants get a beautiful statue of Ashiok, one of the key Planeswalkers from the newest Magic set, Theros: Beyond Death. The top ten contestants also receive prizes in the form of booster boxes, foil completed sets of Theros: Beyond Death, Collector's Boosters, and codes for packs on Magic: The Gathering: Arena. How splendid!
DailyMTG, Wizards of the Coast's official Magic news hub, details the contest in more detail:
With Prerelease of Theros Beyond Death later this week, what better way to celebrate than another community contest? Which is why we are thrilled to announce the Theros International Film Festival!
Starting today, we will be accepting submissions for 15 second videos with the creative prompt of "escape your fate." Just as Elspeth escaped her fate from the Underworld of Theros, show us how you escape yours! Whether that be something as mundane as refusing to refill the office coffee pot (sorry Steve!), or something far more serious, share it with us.
We have some incredible prizes lined up for this contest, including these really impressive Ashiok statues made by community artist Miss Monster Mel. The top four winners of this contest will each receive one of the four statues, and a total of ten winners will be named Official Selections for the Theros International Film Festival. Once all ten winners are selected, they will be debuted on our Instagram account as official selections to the world.
The first, second, third, and fourth place winners will receive the custom Ashiok statues. They will also receive a full foil set of Theros Beyond Death, a sealed booster box of Theros Beyond Death, ten Theros Beyond Death Collector Boosters and ten codes that can be redeemed for Theros Beyond Death booster packs on MTG Arena.
The fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place winners will receive one full foil set of Theros Beyond Death, a sealed booster box of Theros Beyond Death, five Theros Beyond Death Collector Boosters and five codes that can be redeemed for Theros Beyond Death booster packs on MTG Arena.
Contest Starts: January 13, 2019
Video Theme: "Escape Your Fate"
Video Length: 15 seconds or less
File Format: .mp4 or .mov
Submission Deadline: January 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT
The complete rules can be found here.
Are you excited to compete in this fabulous contest? Let us know what you think! What kind of films will you make? Keep that a trade secret until you unveil those ideas, I suppose (or don't – you could be someone's Nightmare Muse!)!