Dota 2 Short Film Contest 2018 - Best Movies

Dota 2 Short Film Contest 2018 - Best Movies

The best short movies submitted for the Dota 2 Short Film Contest 2018. Have a look at the creations of the community and vote for your favorites.

Also this year, Valve announced the Dota 2 Short Film Contest to celebrate the content creators in our community, and reward the best ones with a monetary prize.

Each participant can submit only a single short, the video must be no longer than 90 seconds, and any form or combination of animation or live-action technique is allowed. The deadline is August 7th, 2018.

The top entries will be featured in The International 2018 Battle Pass and showcased during the tournament.

Prize distribution

  • 1st - $25,000

  • 2nd - $10,000

  • 3rd - $5,000

  • Top 10 - $500

Let’s have a look at the best entries of this edition.

Ursa Minor


Creator: Alexander Frey

Is this a trailer for a Disney Pixar movie? Visually stunning, great animations, sound, and feelings.

A simple but wonderful story. A bear cub must face one of the worst moments of his entire life: the death of his mother. Sylla, the Lone Druid, will bring peace to his mind and give him a new family.

On The Cliff


Creator: Keller Max

A well-paced and entertaining short featuring an expert cliff-abuser Rubick. The dream of every player becomes reality as all chances to teleport away are denied, but Rubick forgot his worst enemy: his own team.

Viper is super cute :P.



Creators: 4fun and Septimus

A “typical” Dota game with open mics, non-english speakers, AFKers in base, spammers, tips traders, and more. Most of the submissions narrate a story, while this short condenses several memes in 90 seconds.

Kobold Blues


Creator: Erick Wright

A little kobold is ignored by both Radiant and Dire heroes, while Crystal Maiden can’t grasp the basic gameplay concepts. They will form an alliance, train, become stronger, and finally claim victory.

The Final 88 Seconds Of An 8-Hour Game


Creator: Erick Wright

Anything can happen in an 8-hour long Dota game. The map is invaded by Techies’ mines, Chen created an army of creeps, and Crystal Maiden activated her Rambo-mode. Which will be the cause of the defeat?

Greed is Good?


Creator: KDC

A parody about the support’s life and the Pudge pickers. Dazzle saves Pudge from a deadly situation, while the later decides to sacrifice his teammate to secure a Bounty Rune and guarantee his own safety.

Top 10 anime betrayals.

Wiles of the Wisp


Creator: MaxOfS2D

Bristleback has been tricked by Io and pushed into a cave. He and a funny Ogre Magic will join forces to find the way back to the surface and get revenge on the culprit.

The Ballad of Lovelace


Creator: BOLT

The romantic Pangolier is enjoying his time with a centaur lady, but Centaur Warrunner discovers them, and a chase breaks out through the streets of the city.

Note: Pangolier can’t be held responsible because Heartpiercer is a passive ability.

Blue Girl


Creator: MH7557

An anime approach to the Dota universe based on a basketball match.

Note: The creator caused some confusion because Nevermore is Shadow Fiend’s name, while Lucifer is Doom’s one. “It's a mistake on my part. Nevermore is an awkward first name, so I thought of Lucifer, but I completely forgot that Doom's name is also Lucifer.”

Winners of the past editions

Maxime Lebled aka MaxOfS2D, creator of Wiles of the Wisp, won all the previous Dota 2 Short Film Contests. Below, you can watch all his creations.

TI7 - What does a hero truly fear?


TI6 - Lanaya is mine!


TI5 - Enigma's Exasperation



Header image from Ursa Minor by Alexander Frey

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