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  • “Toot Your Own Horn” Video Contest – $1,000
    Posted May 20th, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Sometimes having a big ego isn’t all that bad. Take ProjectED’s new video contest, “Toot Your Own Horn” for example. The educational contest website is calling for videos that define words about being self-congratulatory and boastful. Check your humbleness at the door because there are some great cash prizes up for grabs!

    Entering isn’t difficult either. First, select from one of the following words: gloat, glorified, laud, ostentation, gaudy, eminence, magnanimous, prodigious. Next, create a short video (less than 1 minute) that visually defines the word. You are actually going to add text over the video to create a video definition. Be creative and keep in mind that your video is being judged on:

    • 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.

    If selected, your winning video will earn you a $1,000 cash prize along with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped viewers gain a new understanding of your selected word. Head over to the contest page below to get started. Happy filming!

    13+, 1 minute-, Deadline: June 9th 2014


  • ADEYS TV Film Contest – $3,000
    Posted May 12th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    ADEYS TV is coming to your home this summer…are you ready for it? The all new network is set to be released on Roku, GoogleTV and other Smart TV devices and is currently looking for visionary film talent and new producers to help build their original content library. The best part? It could be YOU! They have launched the A*P*T (ADEYS pilot Television) series and film contest which aims to find the best of the best in the world in the indie film world.

    There are 4 possible categories to enter and each has the ability to not only win a big cash prize, but also earn your work some exposure. Participants may select from the following categories: Film (Feature length and short), Scripted Television and Unscripted/Documentary Television (Travel, Home/DIY, health/fitness, restaurant showcase, etc.). The contest also has a bonus category titled “The Stockumentary.” It’s challenging you to create a documentary, mockumentary or other scripted film utilizing mostly stock footage and augmented with original content. Be sure to check out the CONTEST PAGE for the full list of rules on each category.

    One grand prize winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize and have the chance to have his or her work broadcast through ADEYS TV. The “Stockumentary” winner will be based on popular online voting and will win $1,500. Please note that this category is considered separate and will not be eligible for the $3,000 prize. Head over to the contest page today. Happy filming!


    18+, Feature (60-90 minutes) or Short, Deadline: July 17th 2014


    18+, 22-65 minutes, Deadline: July 17th 2014


    18+, 22-65 minutes, Deadline: July 17th 2014

    18+, 22-90 minutes, Deadline: July 17th 2014


  • Animake This Challenge – $5,000
    Posted May 12th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    So you’re an animation student who’s tired of watching the video creators have all the fun? has just announced their “Animake This” contest which, as you can guess, is all about animation. Whether it’s straight up animation, special effects, character illustration and even musical composition, this is your time to shine!

    To enter, create an original portfolio piece (animation, special effects, character illustration and/or musical composition) under 5 minutes and submit it to the contest page below. Your work will be judged by some big names in the movie industry including David Silverman ,Director of The Simpsons Movie and Monsters Inc, FOX Animation Domination High-Def execs Nick Weidenfeld, Hend Baghdady and Ben Jones along with Adobe’s Dan Cowles.

    One lucky winner will receive a check for $5,000, a 12 month subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud and best of all a week long shadowing experience at FOX Animation Domination High-Def Studios in Hollywood to learn from their top animators. Don’t let this opportunity pass by. Enter today!

    Animation Students, 5 minutes-, Deadline: June 2nd 2014


  • “The Weather Report” GIF Contest – $200
    Posted May 7th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    If you’ve been following FTN for the last few months, then you know we are really loving the GIF contests hosted by ProjectED. These educational contests are not necessarily video in category, but are a creative medium that could house animation, video or stop-motion making them perfect for visual story tellers. ProjectED has just announced their “Weather Report” GIF contest and we think this is the perfect time to get your GIF game on!

    To enter, select from one of the following weather-related words: dank, stagnant, balmy, glooming, dreary, humid, placid, tropics. Now it’s time to put your creative cooking hat on and throw some ingredients together.  Remember, you MUST display the word, part of speech and definition. Check out these recent ProjectED GIF winners for inspiration.

    “Oopses and Uh-Oh’s Winner” – Cassie Hemsley

    “Entrances and Exits Winner” – Vincent Dhan

    The grand prize winner will take home a $200 cash prize plus having his or her entry showcased on the ProjectED websites and…oh yeah…BRAGGING RIGHTS! Take a look at the contest page below and start GIFFING!

    13+, 5MB-, Deadline: June 2nd 2014


  • MatchMade Scholarship Video Contest – $50,000
    Posted May 7th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    It’s crazy to think that is almost 20 years old and that their first couples’ kids are getting ready for college! This is what inspired the dating site to launch the MatchMade Scholarship which is promising one lucky student $50,000 towards college and their parents $5,000 towards a MatchMade getaway. What’s even cooler is that it’s all part of a video contest which any eligible person can enter!

    So who’s eligible? Kids 13 – 20 who have a parent who met or remarried through are qualified to enter the contest. Create a 1-2 minute video that tells the story of how your parents met on Match. It’s going to take a lot of creativity and emotion to make the finals, so DON’T HOLD BACK! It’s all about the details and emotional connection your video conveys.


    One grand prize winner will be selected to receive the $50,000 MatchMade Scholarship along with a $5,000 check awarded to his or her parents towards a MatchMade getaway. Continue through the contest link below to get started!

    13-20 (and parents met on Match), 1-2 minutes, Deadline: June 30th 2014


  • Take A Second Video Contest – Prize
    Posted May 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Seconds matter. It only takes a few of them to change the world. So now the National Education Environmental Foundation is calling for individuals to put aside a few of the 80,000 seconds in a day to make a small change. Even better is that it’s a part of their “Take A Second” video contest which means you could also win some awesome prizes in the process!

    Grab your smartphone camera and fire up Instagram or Vine. Create a 6-15 second video showcasing how you can take a second to help impact the environment. Originality and creativity is always encouraged and sure to score you brownie points. NEEF cites the EPA as stating that for every 100 million Americans turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth, 292 BILLION gallons of water would be saved annually. That’s a pretty staggering fact and tips like those are going to translate into a powerful video. Be sure to use the hashtag #TakeASec once you post to Instagram or Vine. You should also check out the VIDEO GALLERY to see what’s already been posted.


    NEEF is not holding back on the prizes either. The first place winner will receive a brand new Apple Macbook Air (valued at $1099). Second place takes home an iPad Air and even third place walks away with a $300 REI gift card. Not bad for 6-15 seconds of video! Visit the contest page below to get started. Good luck!

    18+, 6-15 seconds, Deadline EXTENDED: May 26th 2014


  • “Rumor Has It” Video Contest – $1,000
    Posted April 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Whether it’s the latest celebrity gossip or the juiciest story to hit your circle of friends, everyone loves a good rumor. ProjectEd knows this and is dishing out a video contest to serve all you creatives who love hearing the latest buzz. Say hello to the “Rumor Has It” video contest! Did we mention it’s also educational?

    Your job is to create a short video (1 minute or less) that defines a word listed on the contest page. The video MUST contain on screen text of the word, the definition, its part of speech, and an example used in a sentence. “Rumor Has It” is part of a growing number of video contests that ProjectEd is using in hopes to educate, not only students, but the general public. Check out their contest video below!


    ProjectED is giving away two $1,000 cash prizes for a winning video in each category. The categories are based on age and split into a 13 – 17 year old  category and 18 plus. Be sure to visit their VIDEO LIBRARY that features many of their past winners and finalists. It will give you a great idea of what they look for in an entry. Fire up those cameras and head over to the contest page!

    13+, 1 minute-, Deadline: May 26th 2014


  • “Appearances Matter” GIF Contest – $200
    Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Despite what anyone says, appearances matter (and most say they do anyways). Lucky for us, we’re living in a contest world where the only appearances that truly matter, are those that end up onscreen. ProjectED, however, has decided to unleash their shallow side and launch a video contest based solely on appearances. Well…at least based on words that describe appearance. Introducing, the “Appearances Matter” GIF Contest!

    To enter this contest, you’re going to select one of the following words: livid, florid, stout, lurid, bulky, blanched, blotched. Once you find a suitable word, grab the definition from the contest site and create an animated GIF that portrays that word. That means you’ll be displaying the word, definition and part of speech onscreen in your GIF. Check out the sample above to get a better idea.

    The best part of all? ProjectED is giving away a $200 grand prize to the winner. And once you realize that it’s possible to create a quality GIF in minutes (Make a GIF in 5 Easy Steps), that cash becomes a great opportunity. Check out the contest page today!

    GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

    • 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.

    13+, 5mb-, Deadline: May 19th 2014


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