NEW YORK, NY
February 1, 2001 Rockstar Games announces the launch of its first annual
"Rockstar Games Upload" online digital media awards. The aim of the awards
program is to reward and promote the next batch of underground talent with respect to the
way the Internet is changing how artistic endeavors are both undertaken and distributed.
The awards program focuses on the specific kinds of entertainment content the Internet is
facilitating. Rockstar is accepting submissions for the categories of short subject film,
short story, and DJ mix. These categories represent the three most prominent formats of
web entertainment today mpegs, html text, and mp3. All submissions are to be
entered digitally, as entrants must upload their digital files to Rockstars secure
FTP site. Rockstar Games will determine the top semi-finalists in each category
credible judges will then select one winner and two runners-up for each category. The
winner of each category will receive a generous cash prize and have his/her work streamed
from the Milia DOr award-winning Rockstar Games website: (www.rockstargames.com).
The awards program is co-sponsored by the Independent Feature Project (IFP). The
Independent Feature Project is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to
providing resources, information and avenues of communication for its members: independent
filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. The IFP will be
bringing their experience and credibility from sponsoring and hosting renowned annual film
festivals such as the Independent Feature Film Market, held in New York City every fall,
the IFP/Abroad festivals based in Europe, and IFP Buzz Cuts for short-subject films to the
Rockstar Games Upload competition. The IFP in conjunction with Rockstars in-house
video producers will be providing the judging panel for the short-subject film category
Rockstar Games own Terry Donovan is assembling an all-star panel of celebrity DJs
and music journalists to judge the DJ category finalists. Scheduled to participate are
established dance music record labels, Moving Shadow Records and Guidance Records, as well
as the editorial staff of Flyer Magazine, a monthly nightclub publication.
Judging for the short-story category will be provided by Rockstars in-house team
of writers, as well as a small panel of published authors and writers including the Vice
Magazine editorial staff and Daniel Crowe, editor of Butterfly Magazine.