• Best Action
  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Short
  • Best Overall

Submission Rules:

  • Entries must be no longer than 5 minutes, except for entries to the Short category, which can be no longer than 1 minute.
  • Each entry must be at least 720p.
  • Entries must be rendered using the Source Filmmaker, although those renders can be further edited with post-production tools for titling and other effects.
  • Entries must be submitted using the Source Filmmaker's Submit Video to Saxxy Awards menu option.
  • Only entries submitted between Sep. 17, 4:00 PM and Sep. 24, 4:00 PM PDT will be considered. (between 00:01 Sep. 18 and 23:59 Sep. 24, GMT). The submission process must be completed, including uploading the video and filling out submission dialogs, before the submission period ends.
  • Voting begins Sep. 24, and continues until Sep. 29
  • Winners, selected by Valve from the community-chosen nominees, will be announced Oct. 1.
  • All co-creators must be finalized by voting deadline to be considered.
  • You are free to use any Valve IP.
  • If you use any non-Valve IP, you must be the copyright owner or have explicit permission from the owner and include a URL to the included work or creator's online presence in the description of your entry. This includes music, character likeness, etc. Any submissions found to be infringing non-Valve IP will be disqualified. Note that for workshop items, you still need to provide a link to the items used, but you do not need explicit permission from the creator, since submission to the workshop automatically grants permission to use the item.
  • Multiple submissions per person are allowed.
  • Submissions must be free of advertisements.


  • Winners will receive a Saxxy award in Team Fortress 2.
  • Winner of Best Overall will be flown to Seattle, WA for a tour of Valve and to meet Valve's filmmakers.

How to upload:

When can I upload a submission to compete in the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards?
You can upload submissions between 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 17 and 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 24, Pacific Standard Time. (between 00:01 Sep. 18 and 23:59 Sep. 24, GMT)

How do I upload a submission?
Submissions are all uploaded from the Source Filmmaker. From the File menu in the SFM, select "Community", then "Submit Video to Saxxy Awards". You'll be prompted first for your YouTube login and password (don't worry, this info isn't stored) and then for some details about your submission (title, description, etc.).

Why won't my YouTube account respond?
Remember to set up your YouTube account so that you've answered their gender and age questions. You will also need to make sure that you've created a YouTube channel. You may use Google's 2-step authentication to create an app-specific password for login, or you may disable it temporarily.

When can I view submissions?
All submissions will be viewable when voting starts on Wednesday, September 24th.

Other people helped me with my submission. How do I add them as co-authors?
Once you've uploaded a submission through SFM, it should appear in the videos section of your Steam Community page. From here, simply click on the video; once it pops up, click on "View Comments and Details" to view Owner Controls and add contributors.

Clicking "Add/remove Contributors" will pop up a dialog showing you your friends list. Click on friends to select them as co-authors of your submission.

Your friends should then receive an email letting them accept or decline whether they are a contributor to the submission. Remember to get your co-authors to accept before the deadline!