Posted Feb 3, 2014

New and Notable Video Contests - Week of February 3

Biggest cash prize: $19,000 in the Lay’s Kettle Cooked Video Project, brought to you by Tongal. Create a 25-second commercial that will get people craving Lay’s Kettle Cooked chips. The brand will soon pick their favorite crowdsourced ad ideas, then it’s your turn to pitch your video-making abilities. Three pitch winners will each earn $2000 to create their commercials, and a guaranteed spot in the final video awards where they could earn up to an additional $17,000. Open worldwide, 13 and older. Pitches are due February 14th.

Best Prize: A GoPro HERO3 prize pack + $500 Cabela’s gift card in the Cabela’s #ItsInMyNature Video Contest. For all those of you who love the outdoors, Cabela’s and GoPro want you to show what’s in YOUR nature in a 60-second video. Show your world, show your character, show your passion, and you could be one of 5 Grand Prize winners. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Due March 28th.

Best Trip: Family trip for four to Walt Disney World + a 1-Year Home Protection Plan in the Kidstructions ‘How Does It Work?’ Video Contest. Do you have an adorable, creative kid between the ages of 18 months and 12 years old? American Home Shield asks you to shoot a 1-minute video of your child explaining how they think a home system or appliance works. Three winners will be awarded in two age categories, for a total of 6 overall winners. Open to US residents, 21 and older. Due February 28th.

OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our overall favorite contest this week is the Tribeca Interactive & Interlude Music Film Challenge, hosted by GeneroTV. This is an exciting trio of opportunities for filmmakers who have intersecting interests in music videos and creative storytelling for the digital age. To participate, filmmakers are invited to use Interlude’s self-service authoring suite Treehouse to create an interactive music film for one of the three featured songs by Damon Albarn, Aloe Blacc and Ellie Goulding. One winning creator per song will be awarded $10,000 and a trip to New York City to attend and have their film showcased at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival! Open worldwide, 18 and older. Due March 27th.

None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on?

Posted Jan 30, 2014

At least THREE of your OVC peers are currently battling it out for votes in various video contests this week. If you’ve got a minute or two, now’s the time to lend your support. Simply watch, vote, and pat yourself on the back for doing your good deed for the day!

VOTE FOR:

See? Wasn’t that easy? Thanks to everyone who submitted their videos, we wish you the best of luck in each of your competitions!


If you need help winning a video contest with views or votes, make sure to share your entry with us on the OVC ‘Up For Vote’ page. Don’t forget to let us know when you win, too!

Posted Jan 27, 2014

New and Notable Video Contests - Week of January 27

Biggest cash prize: $25,000 in the Bud Light ‘Launch the Cool Twist’ Video Contest, brought to you by Zooppa. Help Bud Light launch their new reclosable “Cool Twist” 16 oz. aluminum bottle with a :15-:30 second video. Aim for a clever, memorable spot and you might just score one of the TEN cash prizes the brand is offering. Open worldwide, 21 and older. Due March 14th.

Best trip: Trip to India + $8,000 in the Goafest 2014: Arla Video Contest, brought to you by MOFILM. Arla is a global dairy company that celebrates the power of Natural Goodness in all of their products. Now the brand is seeking films about people who ‘let the goodness in’ to their lives and the positive affect it had on them and those around them. Bring a real person’s inspiring story to life in your short film, and you could be one of FIVE winners. Open worldwide, 16 and older. Pitch to earn up to a $2000 production budget by February 14th, otherwise final videos are due March 17th.

OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our overall favorite contest this week is the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, brought to you by Tongal. Sundance Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are seeking 3-8 minute short films on the subject of overcoming poverty, hunger and other adversities. You can choose to highlight these topics either through fiction or documentary films, so long as the end product touches on economic inequalities and falls squarely on the side of optimism over pessimism. Here’s the best part: FIVE short films will be selected to be presented in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program, and each of the films’ creators will earn $10,000 and a trip to the world-renowned festival. Open worldwide, 18 and older. Due July 1st.

None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on?

Posted Jan 20, 2014

New and Notable Video Contests - Week of January 20

Biggest cash prize: $50,000 in the Axe #KissForPeace Video Project, brought to you by Tongal.  Axe’s new #KissForPeace campaign, in partnership with the nonprofit Peace One Day, encourages people around the world to submit photos of themselves flashing the peace sign, or giving someone a kiss. They are asking you to create 30-60 second videos that will raise awareness for the #KissForPeace campaign and Peace Day. Open worldwide, 13 and older. Pitch to earn a $1500 production budget by January 28th. Final videos will be due March 7th.

Best Prize: A $500 skis.com gift certificate in the 'Why I Love to Ski or Ride' 2014 Video Contest. If you have a passion for skiing or snowboarding, create a video that conveys the joy and exhilaration of the sport, and will motivate beginners to try it themselves. Open worldwide, 13 and older. Due February 28th.

Best trip: Trip to NYC for the ultimate cigar experience in the La Palina Cigars Video Contest. Cigar aficionados with a flair for filmmaking, listen up! La Palina Cigars want you to create a 2-minute-or-less video that features their cigars in some way. The brief is pretty much wide open, and the prize is super chi-chi: a private dinner with Emeril Lagasse at the historic Nat Sherman Townhouse, all the cigars you can smoke, and a luxury hotel stay for you and a friend. Open to US residents, 21 and older. Due February 26th.

OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our overall favorite contest this week is the 2014 ProAm USA Student Film Competition. This is a great opportunity for any student over the age of 18. You are invited to submit your best 1-5 minute short film for a shot at cash prizes and filmmaking gear such as jibs and LCD monitors. A total of 5 winners will be named, with a top prize of $1500 and an 8’ DSLR Camera Crane Production Package valued at $650. Open to students over the age of 18, currently enrolled in highschool, college or university. Due March 16th.

None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on?

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Here’s our first ‘Up For Vote’ Round-Up on 2014. After several quiet weeks, it’s finally time to get back on the horse and vote for some awesome OVCers. Naturally, with all this time off, you should be well-rested and raring to go! Let’s Vote!

VOTE FOR:

Great job, everyone! We LOVE seeing all your videos. And thanks to everyone else who took the time to click those links, you’re all amazing!


If you need help winning a video contest with views or votes, make sure to share your entry with us on the OVC ‘Up For Vote’ page. Don’t forget to let us know when you win, too!

Posted Jan 13, 2014

New and Notable Video Contests - Week of January 13

Biggest cash prize: $17,500 in the Havaianas ‘Comfort in Every Color’ Video Project, brought to you by Tongal. Havaianas embody the fun, vibrancy, and spontaneity ingrained in Brazilian attitudes and culture. With their sandals strapped to your feet, you’re ready to go on an adventure. In that vein, Havaianas asks you to create a fun and surprising commercial that captures the quality and variety of their footwear. Open to US residents, 13 and older. Pitch to earn a $1500 production budget by January 31st. Final videos will be due March 11th.

Best Prize: Winner’s choice of acoustic or electronic drum set in the Hit Like a Girl 2014 Video Contest. This is the third year for this global drumming contest for female percussionists. Sorry guys, it’s ladies only. There are a lot of drum-related prizes at stake, and prizes will be awarded to women in two age categories. All you gotta do is submit a 3-minute video of you rocking out on the drums. Open worldwide to all amateur female drummers. Due February 28th.

Best trip: Trip to Korea + $5000 in the GOM eXP Creative Video Challenge. Here’s a competition for anyone who is interested in gaming. The full rules haven’t yet been released - that’s coming in late January - but it seems like anything goes so long as you create a video that is related to gaming. Open worldwide. Due March 11th.

OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our overall favorite contest this week is the YourLastWill.net Video Contest. So this one’s a little on the macabre side, but is super simple to participate in and win. Forthcoming website YourLastWill.net wants to know, if you had one last message to leave the world, what would it be? Record your message to friends, family, or humanity at large, and then get the vote out to win one of 10 cash prizes. The top vote-getting video will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1000. Open Worldwide, 18 and older. Due March 31st.

None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on? 

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Emily Yue, 16, has been part of the OVC community for over 3 years. In that time, she’s racked up several contest wins and really grown into a more mature style of filmmaking. Now, she’s embarking on her biggest project to date: her first short film!

'Spring Break for the In-Betweeners' is described as “A coming of age short film that follows a boy and a girl who aren’t quite cool and aren’t quite not.” Emily is spending the first half of 2014 on the film, and hopes to have the 20-minute short completed by summer.

She is currently fundraising a modest sum ($500) through the IndieGoGo platform to help cover production costs. We hope other OVCers will check out the project, and consider supporting one of our own.

Learn more about Emily’s IndieGoGo campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spring-break-for-the-in-betweeners

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Do you have a filmmaking project you’re working on that needs support? Email Marissa, or send us a message on Facebook, and we’ll spread the word.

Posted Jan 6, 2014

New and Notable Video Contests - Week of January 6

Biggest cash prize: $17,000 in the Burger King SATISFRIES Video Project, brought to you by Tongal. Think you can get the word out about BK’s lower-calorie, lower-fat French fries in a 30-second spot? Prove it, and prove that SATISFRIES really does defy taste expectations amongst French fry lovers. Open to US residents, 13 and older. Pitch to earn a $2000 production budget by January 13th. Final videos will be due February 12th.

Best Prize: A romantic getaway package in the Poconos (and more) in Dr. Ava Cadell’s True Love Video Contest. Dr. Ava Cadell, a foremost expert on all things love and relationships, invites real couples to share their romance story. If you can inspire others with your story, you could win a 2-night stay with your love-ah in the Poconos and a whole host of books by Dr. Ava. Open to residents of the US, Canada and the UK, 18 and older.

Best trip: Trip for 2 to Switzerland in the Flora ‘Yodel-Ay-Woo-Hoo’ Video Contest. Ready to yodel your heart out? Flora, the manufacturers of the Dr. Dunner line of lozenges and tablets, want to know: are you ready to yodel your heart out? Create a 30-second to 2-minute video that features your yodeling skills AND a Dr Dunner product in some way. They’re even providing product stills in their ‘Creative Toolbox’, so you won’t have to run out and buy anything to make your video. Open to US and Canadian residents, 14 and older. Due February 28th.

OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our overall favorite contest this week is the 5-hour Energy ‘My Little Secret’ Video Assignment, brought to you by Poptent. It’s no secret that these energy shots can help you feel more alert and focused on those days when you really need it, but that doesn’t mean 5-hour Energy can’t still be your little secret. For this assignment, the brand is seeking :30 second videos aimed at women that highlight the portability and effectiveness of their products. We’re excited that we’ve been seeing more Poptent assignments with bigger cash payouts and multiple winners, and this contest continues to stoke that excitement. Not only will the top video be purchased for a cool $15,000, a total of at least three videos will ultimately be purchased by the brand. Open worldwide, 18 and older. Due February 10th.

None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on? 

 
Posted Dec 30, 2013

We’re closing out the year by handing out filmmaking goodies to YOU! Thanks to all the OVCers out in the vast land of YouTube for making 2013 a year to remember. See you all next year (har har!)

Didn’t win but still want to get your hands on these items? Here’s where to find them:
  1. Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc - http://bhpho.to/1eAialS
  2. Rode smartLav Lavalier Condenser Microphone for Smartphones - http://bhpho.to/198a6kB
  3. Revo Quad Skate Tabletop Dolly - http://bhpho.to/19aAf5H

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Happy Holidays, OVCers! All of you are on our ‘Nice’ list this year, so we’re rounding up 3 low-cost filmmaking items that will take your productions to the next level, and then giving you the chance to win them.

Make sure you leave a comment and tell us which ONE item you’d like to find under your tree - and next week we’ll choose three winners. This one’s only open to US residents (sorry international OVCers!).