With Watch_Dogs 2 now out and hacking through the streets of San Francisco, the winners of the Watch_Dogs Film Fest have now been revealed. This short film contest was organised by Ubisoft being sponsored by Parrot, Sony and YouTube Gaming, and was open to everyone who wanted to create a short film along the theme of “Hacking Heroes”. With a grand prize of 50,000 Euros along with two tickets to the Assassin’s Creed movie premiere, this was something to be really aiming high for.
With a jury composed of International Film Director Louis Leterrier, Thomas Geffroyd, Watch_Dogs Brand Content Director, and Jonathan Morin, Creative Director on Watch_Dogs 2 at Ubisoft Montreal. Over 850 people submitted films from around the globe, making this first edition of the film festival a successful premiere for Ubisoft. The jury were impressed by the creativity and commitment demonstrated by the entries recieved, not only did filmmakers deliver original, well directed and fun videos but also some truly emotional stories.
The Grand Jury Prize – consisting of €50,000 cash and 2 tickets for the Assassin’s Creed movie premiere – was awarded to Jamesfcoton, from France with the video “ANONYMOUS”, an “impressive and incredible piece of work” according to Louis Le Terrier, Film Director. “While execution is flawless and inspired, it is really the rhythm of the video that seduced me. Acting and monologue were also very close to Watch_Dogs spirit”, said Thomas Geffroyd.
Described as “a touching film, fuelled with delicacy and intelligence”, by Louis Le Terrier, the video entitled “WAKE_UP”, directed by Raùl Gòmez from Spain, won the Jury “Coup de Coeur” prize – consisting of 10 000€ cash, 2 tickets for Assassin’s Creed movie premiere, a PS4 PRO, Watch_Dogs’ collector edition “The return of Dedsec” & a Parrot Bebop 2.
Lastly, “Watch Dogs Review Intro” was the most acclaimed video on the Watch_Dogs Film Fest website granting its author Razzraziel from Turkey the Public Vote Prize, consisting of €5,000 cash, a Watch_Dogs 2 PS4 bundle, a Parrot Bebop 2 & a Parrot Jumping Race drone. “I knew fans were passionate about the game so they would be inspired but I was truly impressed by the quality, the imagination and all-together talent behind all the videos submitted” said Louis Leterrier. “It was a really hard choice and we had to watch many of these shorts several times before making our final decisions.”
In addition to these three international prizes, Influencer prizes were also awarded locally by famous content creators in France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Australia, Russia and MENA.
If you would like to find out more information on the Watch Dogs Film Fest and to watch videos from that made it to the official final selection, visit: http://watchdogs.com/filmfest.
Watch_Dogs 2 is the second episode of the franchise created in 2014 by Ubisoft. In this new opus, players will embody Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker living in San Francisco and team up with Dedsec, a notorious group of hackers, to take down ctOS 2.0, an invasive operating system being used by criminal masterminds to monitor and manipulate citizens on a massive scale.
Watch_Dogs 2 is now available worldwide on PS4 and Xbox One, it will be available on Windows PC come the 29th November 2016. For further information about the game, visit visit: watchdogs2.com