Unreal Engine film comp blurs line between movies and games

2021's Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge Australia attracted over 1800 participants – and now it's back.

Epic Games, the company responsible for Fortnite, has announced the return of the Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge in Australia and New Zealand. The competition will provide the opportunity for rising animators to have their work seen by some of the industry’s top experts, with free training also offered to those who have never animated before.

The Unreal Engine (UE) is a game engine developed by Epic Games, and was first used in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal. It has since been used in a variety of genres of three-dimensional (3D) games and has seen been adopted by the film and television industry.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports