Pixelween 2020 announcement



Pixelween has awoken from its slumber, and it promises rewards for those who endure its horrors!

This year, you will be crafting the storyboard of your own horror film over the course of four consecutive weekly challenges. Each challenge will be one more part of your film, and all the scenes together shall be your Pixelween entry. Call forth your darkest nightmares!

To be eligible for the Pixelween prizes, you must submit to at least 2 of the 4 weeklies. As long as at least two of your submissions are on time, you are  allowed (but not required) to submit more up until October 25, the final deadline. Having a full storyboard is not required to win, but the fates favor a finished film.
The winning storyboards will be chosen from all eligible entries by a jury of select PixelJoint members, perhaps with the help of some dark attendants who for now remain in the shadows...
The weeklies also function as normal weeklies, with the usual prizes. Your success in the weeklies does not influence your chances in Pixelween judging.

Every week there will be specifications about theme and color use, and for every scene the canvas size will be 130x80.


  • 1st place will receive a printed Masters of Pixel art book volume of your choice, and a software key.
  • 2nd place will receive a 30$ steam gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
  • 3rd place will receive a 20$ steam gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
  • 4th and 5th place will receive a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
  • 6th - 9th (and possibly more) place will receive a software key, see info below.

There are 3 Aseprite, 3 Pyxel Edit, and 3 Pro Motion keys, which will be divided among the top 9 entrants. The highest placing winners get to choose first, and if a winner does not need a software license it will be moved on to the 10th place, and so on.

The winning storyboards shall be announced on the 31st of October.
All who participate shall earn the rare Pixelween trophy.

How to enter:

To participate, your works need to be submitted to the Pixel Joint challenges, details are in the challenge posts:

The first challenge can be found here: The Setting (September 28 - October 4)
The second challenge can be found here: The Plot Develops (October 5 - 11)
The third challenge can be found here: The Conflict (October 12 - 18)
The fourth challenge can be found here: The End (October 19 - 25)

If you've missed out on one of the challenges you can still submit your entry to pixeljoint, as long as at least 2 of the scenes are posted as part of a weekly challenge within the deadline.

Will you terrify the judges? Will you show them something hauntingly beautiful?

Should you feel frightened on your own, the community is here for you in the challenge forum threads and in the Pixelween channel on the PJ Discord. You're welcome to share your WIPs, so that we may conquer our fears together!

You can find ancient editions of Pixelween here: 2005, 2006, 2007.

Posted by Hapiel @ 9/25/2020 14:10  |    5


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eishiya (Level 7 Bunyip) @ 10/10/2020 08:14

Oh whew! I assumed it was that earlier, but then got worried. Thanks for clearing it up!

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 10/10/2020 03:42

No, 2 pieces total are enough, but you are welcome to complete your entry with all 4.

eishiya (Level 7 Bunyip) @ 10/9/2020 15:39

Just to clarify the requirements: we have to submit 4 pieces in the end, even if 1-2 of them are late for their respective challenges? The "2 must be on time" is just to keep people from submitting all four at the very end?

(I'm not feeling week 2's prompts at all so I might drop out if we have to do all four stages ;~; )

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/28/2020 06:58

To clarify, a storyboard in this context means 4 scenes that form the outline of a story. It does not need to be in a rough/sketchy style, in fact we recommend you to go ellaborate and colorful!

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/28/2020 06:11

Lovelly intiative, good prizes! Excited for the entries!

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