As revealed last night on GTTV with Geoff Keighley, this year's Saxxy entrants will be powered by the Source Filmmaker, the recently released storytelling tool Valve created inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films, including those in the "Meet the Team" series of Team Fortress 2 shorts.
Entrants will compete for top honors in five categories, including Best Comedy and Best Drama. Every winner will take home a Saxxy, and the overall winner will also win a trip to Valve and have a chance to see their work aired on GTTV's VGA Preshow this December.
"I am absolutely inspired and stunned by the early work I've seen from fans experimenting with SFM," said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge of publisher relations for Spike TV. "All of us at Spike are excited to work with Valve to give someone in the community the chance to world premiere their original SFM short on TV in over 99 million homes."
"The Number of 3D animated short films produced in the few months since we released the SFM has blown away our expectations," said Bay Raitt, designer at Valve. "With so many filmmakers sharing our world, tools and techniques, we think this year's Saxxy's will produce an incredible collection of animated shorts all made by- and for the community."
All the rules and information on this year's Saxxy's may be found on the Team Fortress website.