One of the biggest and best video contests of 2013 was the Moga Mega Video Challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with Moga, they make game controllers that hook up to Android smartphones. Their Mega Video Challenge was one of the only contests that I entered last year and even though I lost, I still have to applaud this company for running one of the best video contests I’ve ever seen. In total, 1,600 videos were submitted and 325,000 votes were cast. The contest was a massive hit and that’s because it was brilliantly planned and executed. The competition was actually made up of 4 different contests. Each week Moga announced a new theme and filmmakers had just 7 days to plan, shoot and submit their entries. That might sound like a lot of work but Moga motivated contestants by offering some amazing prizes: Each week TWO winners would receive RED Scarlet-X cameras. (One winner was picked by votes and the other was picked by judges) Most regular folks have no idea what a RED camera is but any good filmmaker would love to get their hands on a RED Scarlet. So a lot of very talented directors and editors went all-out in their efforts to try and win one of those cameras. And Moga did something else that was really smart; they hired a Youtuber named Freddie Wong to be the spokesman for the contest. Wong runs an extremely popular channel about video production and VFX that has over 6.8 Million subscribers. By hiring Wong, Moga was able to promote their contest directly to young filmmakers who already have a strong interest in creating videos with high-quality digital effects.
The “popular vote” winners aren’t that great (they never are) but the winners that were picked by the judges were all really cool. Here’s my favorite weekly winner. The theme for this round was “Dead Battery Agony” and contestants also had to include a video game reference, bacon and a musical instrument.
Round Two Winner. Prize: Red Scarlet-X Camera.
After the first three rounds were over, the six grand prizes winners then had to shoot a final film. The judges picked their favorite and the winning team received an additional $25,000.
Final Round Winner: Prize: $25,000.
Both of the videos I posted were actually created by the same team, TIZZYENT. In addition to the RED cameras and the twenty-five grand, Moga also gave out tons of runner-up prizes. You can see all the winning videos here.