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DQ’s “S’mores Music Video Contest” winners

Wait...what?

Wait…what?

I first heard about Diary Queen’s “S’mores Music Video Contest” about two months ago.  DQ asked their fans to  “create the next verse” in the theme song for their new S’Mores Blizzard.  The company really promoted this contest hard and even mentioned it during their commercials.  So I’ve been hearing about Dairy Queen S’more Blizzards all summer and just now it finally hit me that DAIRY QUEEN IS SELLING BLIZZARDS WITH S’MORES IN THEM.  What the hell is wrong with me!?!?  Why did it takes 8 weeks for my brain to realize that this was an important piece of information?  Why have I not been going to Dairy Queen once a week to get a S’more Blizzard??  I feel like I’ve wasted half my summer!  Vanilla ice cream + graham crackers + chocolate + marshmallows  sounds fuggin’ delicious.  Why did it take ice cream scientists so long to come up with that?  Now that I hear it, that glorious combo sounds like a no brainer, doesn’t it?

Hmmm, well right now it’s 9:14PM.  I bet my local DQ is open ’till ten.  Maybe if I cut this post short I can get there before they close.  Ok, so yeah, here are the winners of the S’Mores contest.  Um, I think the sponsors picked three finalists and then voters picked the winners.  First prize was $10,000, second prize was a $1,000 Dairy Queen gift card and third prize was a one free Blizzard a week for a year (oh baby).  I can’t embed the videos so click the image below to see the winning entries.

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Like I said, click this to see the winners

Ha!  Even after Photoshopping that screenshot it’s only 9:28PM.  It’s time to head to DQ and take my frosty reward.  But I swear if it turns out they closed at 9 tonight I’m gonna burn that little shack to the ground.

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Some dude raps about how much he loves Dry Cleaning and wins $5,000

Paradise Lost.

Paradise Lost.

My parent’s had big plans for me when I was a kid.  They had always hoped that I would grow up to be a Professional Dry Cleaner with a chain of stores all across the Chicagoland area.  They were constantly on my back telling me to study more and keep my grades up.  I can still remember how they would yell at me…”Do you want to be a bum you’re whole life!??  You’re never going to get accepted to the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute with a 3.5 GPA!!”  I eventually did get accepted to the DLI (my dad had to grease a few palms) but I got expelled after I was caught riding around on one of those big mechanical clothes-wheel things.  My parents were devastated and our relationship was never the same.  After all these years, there’s still an empty frame on the wall of my mother’s living room that was supposed to hold my diploma from “The Institute.”

Sorry to unload my old baggage onto you.  It’s just that the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute recently held a video contest and it’s got me thinking about the charmed life I almost had.  For the contest, the sponsors wanted contestants to….

share what you love about the way your DLI professional drycleaner makes you look. Subjects could be drycleaners in your area, friends or family who get their clothes drycleaned, or you!  The best videos will convince people across the country of the importance of the services that DLI members perform. Your video should be educational and entertaining and represent the entire industry instead of a specific cleaners.

The DLI picked their grand prize winner and it was a rap video about dry cleaning.  It was created by some dude from some city.  I could look up his name but I’m too depressed.
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First Place Winner.  Prize:  $5,000:


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Sigh….why did it have to be a rap video?  When my Grandfather was on his deathbed he made me promise that I’d become a rapper.  That was 10 years ago and I’ve yet to bust a single rhyme let alone drop an entire album.  Oh God, I’m a disappointment to everyone I’ve ever known!
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Recent winners from Mofilm, Poptent, Project ED, Tongal, and Zooppa

Wondering what types of videos are winning online video contests these days?  Well aren’t you a curious kitty!?  Just for you I’m gonna post a semi-random selection of entries that have recently won big prizes via the top Video Contest platforms.  I’ve learned that embedding a dozen videos in one post can really jack up my site so I’ll just be posting images of the winning videos.  You’ll need to click those images to watch the actual entry.

Elias Music Library editing project via Tongal.  First Place Winner.  Prize: A Tesla Model S:

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LEGO Car Commercial Spoof contest via Tongal.  First Place Winner.  Prize: $12,500:

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Sico Contest via Mofilm.  First Place Winner.  Prize:  $8,000 + a trip to Sao Paulo:

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Purina Pro Plan Contest via Mofilm.  First Place Winner.  Prize: $8,000 + a trip to SXSW:

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SOLO: Up for Anything contest via Zooppa.  First Place Client Award.  Prize: $5,000:

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Lindsay Olives contest via Zooppa.  First Place Client Award.  Prize: $10,000:

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Sound of Music contest via Project ED.  Adult Grand Prize Winner.  Prize:  $1,000:

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Sound of Music contest via Project ED.  Youth Grand Prize Winner.  Prize:  $1,000:

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Birdseye video assignment via Poptent.  Purchased by client:  Price: $12,000:

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Fla-Vor-Ice picks their “Pop Star”

July is a really slow time for video contests.  Actually, July is a slow time for everything on the Internet.  VCN always sees a like a 30% dip in traffic this time of year.  And maybe that’s good because there’s really jack squat for me to cover right now.  Wanna know how hard up I am for some “video contest news”?  I’ve been waiting all week for Fla-Vor-Ice to name the winners of their Fla-Vor-ice Pop Star video contest.  Fla-Vor-Ice fans were supposed to film themselves performing a song about their favorite, non-dairy-based, frozen treat.  The sponsor picked some finalists and then vote farmers in India facebook votes determined the winner.  Here’s the kid that got the grand prize:

Grand Prize Winner. Prize:  $2,500:


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That was thrilling wasn’t it?  At least now I know what it would look like if a 6 year old girl went on an acid trip.

Glurg.  Well anyway, I’m happy to say that things should start picking up around here soon.  I’m going to the Mofilm-Lollapalooza dinner and awards ceremony in two weeks so that should be fun.  And I’ve already started getting e-mails asking “Hey, do you know if Doritos is doing the Crash the Super Bowl contest again this year?”  So I guess I should get out and eat a Fla-Vor-Ice at the beach while I can because fall is just around the corner.

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Tongal confirms that the Tongies will be back for 2015

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get an invite to the first ever Tongie Awards in LA.  It was the most baller party I’ve ever been to and I deeply and sincerely pity anyone who wasn’t there.   To prove that my pity is justified, here’s a just-released video that showcases some of the evening’s highlights.
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Here’s Tongal’s description of the video:

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED TONGIES 2014 We are of course very proud of the Tongies winners. But we’re also busting our buttons about all of the nominees. For a community that thrives on competition, this was indeed a peak event. And the evening was also marked by a spirit of camaraderie and mutual appreciation that ennobled the efforts of everyone in attendance — and honored everyone who has ever submitted an Idea, Pitch, or Video to our site. We are grateful, and humbled, that nearly every Tongal Community member who was invited to this event came out and participated in-person. We shouldn’t be surprised — it’s that willingness to “Jump In” that has defined our community from the outset. We invite you to enjoy some photos of the event — there’s more to come — and stay tuned for information and plans for Tongies 2015.  THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU.

Did you catch that little bit at the end there?  Tongal is already making plans for the 2015 Tongie awards.  That’s great news for Tongal users and for the video contest community as a whole.  So get on over to Tongal and enter some contests and maybe you’ll get an invite to next year’s big-ass party.

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By the power of DamFleck, Project Greenlight has returned!

projectgreenlightLong before there was Mofilm or Tongal or Poptent or even the Crash the Super Bowl contest, there was Project Greenlight; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s HBO reality show about aspiring filmmakers competing for a chance to direct their first movie.  Every season the winning writer/director(s) would get a million dollars from Mirimax to produce their script.  I freakin’ loved Project Greenlight but the series had one huge flaw.  The scripts that won every year were pretty lame.  It was great to see how these low budget movies were created, but the movies themselves were always a big let-down.  Remember Stolen Summer?  Or The Battle or Shaker Heights?  Of course you don’t.  They were milquetoasty tales about middle-class white boys growing up in the suburbs.  And man, I don’t even remember the horror movie that got made in the third season.  Apparently it was a shaky-cam, B-movie named Feast?  It’s possible I never even bothered to see that one.

So while I was excited to hear that Project Greenlight is coming back after a ten year hiatus, I really hope that DamFleck and Co. pick some meatier scripts this time.  A million dollars might sound like a really big budget but it was tough to shoot a movie on film for that much back in 2001.  So I guess I can understand why the winning movies felt safe or simple.  But these days filmmakers can do a hell of a lot more with a million bucks.  (I’m amusing they’ll shoot with RED cameras rather than film)  That means the 2014-15 winner should be a lot more visually and narrativly more exciting than Stolen Summer.
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If you’re an non-professional director (that means you’re not in the DGA and have never received a paid distribution deal) and if you’d like to apply for the new season of Project Greenlight, you’ll need to submit a 3-minute short film between July 24th and August 8th.  Full details at http://www.projectgreenlight.com.

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