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  • “Expressions of Love” Video Contest -$1,000
    Posted February 6th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    With Valentines Day only a week away, it’s crunch time for getting that special someone a special something. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of this “corporate” holiday, I was excited to find out that Project Ed was celebrating V-Day in a whole new way…with a video contest! They’re calling it “Expressions of Love” and I’m calling it a must enter.

    Project ED is providing a list of love related vocab words (and 1 phrase) for you to choose from. It’s your job to create a 1 minute, or less, video that defines your selected word. You will need to include the part of speech along with the full definition as well to be eligible. Check out their contest video below.

    “Expressions of Love” Contest Video

    A grand prize winner age 13-17 will be selected along with an 18+ contestant to each take home a check for $1,000. Not too shabby for 1 minute of video. Head over to Project Ed’s contest page below to see the full list of words. Happy filming!

    13+, 60 seconds-, Deadline: March 3rd 2014


  • Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Winners
    Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    When it comes to the Super Bowl, nothing is guaranteed. In a game that everyone thought would be close, the favored Denver Broncos were blown out by the hungry Seahawks. Meanwhile in video contest land, the Doritos ad that seemed most viral, Finger Cleaner, ended up not making the cut.

    Congratulations to Ryan Thomas Anderson and his commercial, “Time Machine” for taking home the $1million grand prize! The 30 second spot tells the tale of boy using a cardboard time machine to trick a man out of his Doritos. Anderson’s video only cost $300 to produce and starred his son, Gavin Anderson, and dog. Check it out!


    The 2nd place ad to air was Amber Gill’s “Cowboy Kid’ whose commercial centers on sibling rivalry over a bag of Doritos. She will take home $50,000 for her work and will bask in the glow of CTSB stardom.


    Check out the other notable finalists HERE and let us know if you think the best video won.

  • Kidstructions Video Contest – Win a Trip
    Posted January 30th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    American Home Shield founded the home warranty industry back in 1971 and continues to be a leader in it. Now, the group has launched a video contest and is calling for entries featuring your kids. The goal is to have your child (18 months – 12 years old) discuss how a particular appliance or system works in the home. This can be anything from the washing machine to the AC unit.


    The contest is broken up into the following age categories: 18 months – 5 years and 6 – 12 years. The video must be between 30 – 60 seconds and include a completed entry form from the contest site. The grand prize winner from each age group will win a round trip for four to Walt Disney World and a 1-Year Home Protection Plan. A runner-up from each group will even take home a $2,500 Savings Bond and a 1-Year Home Protection Plan.

    A two-part selection process will be used to determine the winners. Now through Feb. 28, visitors to the American Home Shield Facebook Page can vote on their favorite videos. Ten finalists will be selected in each age group: the seven entries with the most votes, plus an additional three entries selected by an American Home Shield panel. Judges will then rate all finalists based on four criteria: creativity, originality, appropriateness to the theme and quality of expression. Finally, contest winners will be announced on or about April 4. Click the contest page link below to get started!

    21+, 30 – 60 seconds, Deadline: February 28th 2014


  • Words of Encouragement GIF Contest – $200
    Posted January 28th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    What’s better than a video contest? A GIF contest! Why? Because with an idea and a few simple images, you can create a masterpiece. After launching “Words That Describe Action” a few weeks ago, the educational contest site recently announced its second GIF challenge for 2014. “Words of Encouragement” is here and ready for you to take home some cash!

    To enter, select a word from the following list: strive, exhorting, liberate, spurred, elation, expectantly, excel. Create a short animated GIF that conveys the meaning of that word in a creative and effective way. Don’t forget to show the word, part of speech, and definition graphically on screen throughout the GIF. Check out the SAMPLE GIFS HERE for some inspiration.

    One lucky winner will take home a $200 grand prize along with the bragging rights of his or her GIF being used as part of Project ED’s educational content. Visit the contest page below to get started!

    13+, GIF, Deadline: Monday February 24th


  • People For Smarter Cities Video Contest – $10,000
    Posted January 26th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Do you love your city? Well you should because these are the places we call home. While we all want our cities to be as good as they can be, it’s often difficult to evoke change in the community. That’s why IBM has come along with a solution that looks to change that by creating a place where citizens, city leaders and smart ideas can come together and spark positive action whether it’s about education, healthcare, environmental, energy & water, public safety, government, or transportation. Introducing

    With help from Zooppa, IBM is now looking for video entries to kickstart the project. Participants should upload videos (2 minutes or less) of success and progress in their city. Maybe it’s an idea that worked in one city and could work in another with some awareness. Or maybe you’ve teamed up with an inventor and want to showcase an inspiring idea. Here are some guidelines from the contest page:

    • Is It Visionary? Could the idea bring a breakthrough change in the way a city is working?
    • Is It Efficient? Does the idea bring immediate outcomes and return on investment for the city and its citizens’ lives?
    • Is It Actionable? Can the idea be implemented easily and quickly? Will it be universal, applicable and useful to most cities?
    • Is It Intelligent? Can we plug intelligence in this idea? Can we capture data that can enable even more improvements and further insights?

    There is a $28,000 prize pool with $10,000 of that going to one grand prize winner. Be sure to check out the contest page below along with Good luck!

    18+, 2 minutes-, Deadline: February 25th 2014


  • Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Finalists
    Posted January 24th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    With 2014 well under way, we’re getting very close to an annual tradition in the video contest world…Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” winners! And while we won’t find out who wins until the big game, the five finalists have been revealed and are ready for you to vote on.

    In case you didn’t read our original CTSB 2014 announcement, the rules for selecting the winning video have changed for this year’s contest. The finalist with the most public votes will go on to win $1 million and have his or her commercial aired during the Super Bowl. A second place entry will receive $50k and have his or her commercial aired as well.

    We’re actually pretty excited about seeing which videos the public votes on this year and that the prize money is guaranteed (last year’s winners didn’t end up ranking in the USA Today Ad Meter). Who do you think will take the prize?

    Breakroom Ostrich

    Finger Cleaner

    Office Thief

    Cowboy Kid

    Time Machine

  • Leadership Words Video Contest – $1,000
    Posted January 19th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Take charge and make a change! With ProjectED’s new video contest, you can do just that by creating a video about some very powerful words. What comes to mind when the word “Courageously” is used? What about “Decisive?” If you think you can turn out a great video using those words or any from the list below, then grab your camera and get filming!


    Undaunted, Revelation, Audacity, Rousing, Endeavor, and Reflectively.

    Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

    • Educational merit and accuracy: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
    • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Does your video convey its message in an artistic, creative and innovative way?
    • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography and demonstrates production skills.
    • Appropriate content: Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

    Watch the following video by ProjectED creator, Garrett Fallin to get an idea of what is expected.


    ProjectED is going to be awarding 2 winners (13 – 18 years old and over 18) a $1,000 grand prize. A finalist in each category will even take home a check for $200.

    13+, 60 seconds-, Deadline: February 18th 2014


  • Words That Describe Action GIF Contest – $200
    Posted January 14th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Project ED knows that video isn’t the only way to communicate a strong message and is announcing their “Words That Describe Action” GIF contest. This might be the first time we’ve ever heard of a contest to create an animated GIF and we couldn’t be more excited! Why? Because GIF’s are so simple and to the point. As a short looping series of images that can be hilarious or thought provoking, they are definitely (for the purposes of this contest) an easy way to score some cash.

    To enter, you must first select one of the following words from the contest page: initially, retroactively, feebly, wearily, brusquely, obstinately, leisurely, ironically, and fervently. After that, it’s up to you to create a completely original GIF that conveys the meaning of the word (be sure you only use one). You must be sure to display the word, part of speech, definition, in your GIF. Check out the sample below.


    GIF’s will be judged based on the following criteria:

    • Educational merit and accuracy: Your submission achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
    • Creativity and Engagement: Your submission presents educational content in an artistic and innovative way.
    • Appropriate content: Your submission does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.
    • In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

    Project ED is paying out $200 to the top GIF along with $50 for finalists. Check out a GIF tutorial below to see how easy it is to get started. Good luck!


    13+, 2MB-, Deadline: Monday February 10th 2014



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