Video Contest News - Part 2 Video Contest News – Featuring News about Video Contests!

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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Project ED’s got four hot new contests for July!

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Hey, someone stole my idea for an anti-plagiarism contest!

So how’s your summer going so far?  Mine’s been pretty good.  Earlier this month me and and a friend took a last minute road trip to Detroit.  No, I’m not kidding.  It was actually way more fun than I expected.  We went to the Henry Ford museum, ate lots of coney dogs, visited that crappy pawn shop from Pawn Stars, cruised down 8 Mile, took a tour of the original Motown studio and gaped at dozens and dozens of perfectly fine but completely abandoned homes and office buildings.  The only part of the trip that sucked was our side-excursion to Windsor, Ontario.  I’ve always heard that Windsor is supposed to be Canada’s party-central but it turns out that the city is filled with 20 year old Americans who want to drink legally.  We did get to cash in some Canadian quarters and we used the money to buy lots of Poutine so at least the trip wasn’t a total waste.

Now that I’m back and now that the 4th of July is behind me, I’m rip-roarin’ and ready to start shooting some video contest entries.  I haven’t shot a contest video all summer so I should probably ease back into things with a something simple and fun.  Fortunately Project ED is running three, very nice video contests right now.  Each has 2 top prizes of $1,000.  Oh maybe I should enter the “Don’t Plagiarize Me, Bro!” contest”  Longtime fans of VCN will know that I freaking despise plagiarism.  I’ve been ripped off a few times and I used to see a good number of plagiarized video contest entries. But times have changed and that almost never happens any more.  Project ED is asking filmmakers to create videos that define plagiarism in 90 seconds or less.  I hope to Glob that all you guys already know what constitutes plagiarism but just in case you don’t, here’s a quick refresher from Project ED:

Plagiarism (verb): using another person’s words or ideas without crediting the original source.

Examples of plagiarism, provided by www.plagiarism.org:

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • Changing words by copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas from source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
  • Yes, I did copy and paste that information from Project ED’s website and they copied and pasted from Plagiarism.org. But we all cited our sources so this doesn’t count as plagiarism.  Hey wait a second….a blogger copying some definitions of plagiarism without citing his sources would actually be a funny topic for a contest entry.  I think I might shoot that idea. Hey you better not try and steal it!
     
    Here are all of Project ED’s current video and GIF contests:
     
    Don’t Plagiarize me, Bro! video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000

    Independent & Dependent Clauses video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000

    The Doctor will See You Now video contest:  Top Prize:  $200

    Globetrotters and Jet Setters video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000
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    Happy Birthday America, let’s party like it’s 2776!

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    This post sponsored by the robo-freemasons

    Good morning, America!  What a great day to be alive in the land of the free and the home of the proud whopper.  I’m in a great mood and not just because it’s the 4th of July.  A few days ago a big swath of storms rolled across the Chicago area and knocked out my power.  I was living in the dark for days but the lights are finally back.  It was weirdly refreshing to go without TV or my computer or the Internet for days.  I sat in the dark and read Tom Sawyer by candlelight just as my forefathers did.  LOL/JK.  Half of those old goofballs were illiterate drunks and the rest spoke french and polish. Anyway, now that the power’s back I’m going to celebrate by downloading my own copy of the newly-released, soon-to-be epic smash hit comedy album, 2776.  The project was co-created by friend of VCN and super video contest winner, HappyJoel Moss Levinson and features tracks from everyone in the world that you think is cool including Patton Oswalt, Aubury Plaza, Margaret Cho, Ed Helms, Ira Glass, Nina Totenberg, Neko Case, Alex Trebeck, Paul F. Tompkins and more.  I’ve listened to some samples and the whole album sounds super bonkers.  As the title implies, 2776 imagines the United States in its 1000th year of existence.  Here’s a track from Wil Forte that had me CUMB-ing (Chuckling Under My Breath) all the way through:

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    All the profits for this project go to to an incredible charity, OneKid OneWorld.  You can buy individual tracks or the entire album here on iTunes:  http://bit.ly/2776itunes.  Or if you’re my mom and you want a physical CD, you can order one here:  http://bit.ly/2776amazon.

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