Monday, April 09, 2007

Show 'em Detroit, win $10,000

Good news, all of you video-uploading-fanatics: the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, or the DMCVB, (what's that?) is pulling out all the stops in its quest to capture the essence of Metro Detroit.

What's it got to do with you? Well, if you're creative enough, this little competition could mean a nice chunk of spending money in your pocket. Nice as in $10,000 nice.

Now that I've got your attention ... here are the details: you have until April 20, 2007 to shoot and upload an original, 2 to 4 minute video showcasing the coolness, authenticity and vibrancy that is metro Detroit. Your video should focus on the DMCVB's new target audience -- childless, early-adopter types in the 21 to 34 age group -- and display metro Detroit in a positive light.

Your finished product will also take into account that, as a tourist destination, metro Detroit is perceived as an urban setting where adults have fun with cars, culture, gaming, music and/or sports.

Before you start filming your winning video, take note of these important contest rules:

*You must be 18 or older to enter;
*Videos must not exceed 30MB;
*Keep it clean and respectable; no obscenities, nudity, etc;
*Accepted file formats are .wmi, .avi, .mov, and .mpg;
*Winner is responsible for all prize taxes;
*Winning video becomes the property of the DMCVB;
*You must upload the video to YouTube first and then
enter the contest.

Important note: at the top of the contest website page, it says "Detroit Podcast Contest". This is incorrect; entries should not be podcasts, only videos.

One last thing: last week, I overheard a little bird from the DMCVB say that there were hardly any entries for this contest. My advice? If you're even the least bit creative, give this a shot. You could walk away with $10,000!

For full contest rules and regulations, click here, or visit the DMCVB on the Web.