Call for Entries: The 2004 Videomaker Short Video Contest

And now… the moment many of you have been waiting for. It’s time for the 18th Annual Videomaker Short Video Contest. Show us what you can do, and we’ll give you a chance to take home some pretty slick video equipment.

Send us your finest work–any topic, five minutes or less in length. The possibilities are endless. All videos must be sent on CD-R in Windows Media (.wmv) format, encoded for delivery from a Web server (not Windows Media server), for LAN, cable modem or xDSL (100 to 768 Kbps). Get your disc to us by September 30, 2004 (see Entry Guidelines). All videos for the 2004 contest will be judged by subscribers to the magazine visiting

Judges will be looking for technical proficiency, image quality and overall excellence. The best of the best will battle for Grand Prize. If you’re under 20, a Young Videographer bonus award is up for grabs, and if you’re over 55, the Senior Videographer Award could be yours.


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We know you’re out there, and we know you’re making great videos–show us what you’ve got!

Grand Prize: JonyJib 12 ($1,400)

(209) 968-9395

First Prize: Sony Pictures Digital Vegas+DVD ($1,000)

(800) 577-6642

Second Prize: Adobe Video Collection Standard ($999)

(800) 833-6687

Third Prize: Pinnacle Liquid Edition ($700)

(650) 526-1600

Fourth Prize: Plextor PX-708A and PX-708UF DVD-R/+R Drives and ConvertX PX-M402U Media Converter ($657)

(800) 886-3935

Best Music Video: Time Image Digital Film Library ($599)

(705) 835-6986

Best Drama/Action Video: VariZoom FlowPod Deluxe ($509)

(888) 826-3399

Best Comedy: Ulead DVD Workshop 2 ($495)

(800) 85-ULEAD

Best Classroom Video: Azden 100LT UHF Microphone ($450)

(516) 328-7500

Best Documentary: Bogen Manfrotto MDeVe tripod, head and bag ($404)

(201) 818-9500

Best Commercial: Serious Magic Visual Communicator Pro ($400)

(916) 859-0100

Senior Videographer: Lite-On LVW-5005 DVD Recorder ($380)

(408) 935-5353

Young Videographer: Apple Final Cut Express ($299)

(800) MY-APPLE

Best Animation: ADS Pyro A/V-Link ($279)

(800) 888-5244

How to Enter

  • Fill out the entry form completely. If you are sending more than one entry, photocopy and fill out a separate entry form for each.
  • Multiple discs may be mailed in the same envelope. You may also pay for all entries with a single check or money order payable to Videomaker.
  • For each submission, enclose a list describing all equipment used in the production. Give the dollar value (new) of each piece of equipment.
  • Enclose a declaration of copyright release for all music, photography, film or video used in each submission.
  • Enclose $10 entry fee for each submission. If you want your disc returned to you, enclose an additional $5 per submission ($15 total per submission). Send check or money order only, please. All payments must be made in US funds. Wire transfers are not accepted. Make payable to Videomaker.
  • Enclose your disc(s), entry form(s), list(s), release(s) and payment and send to:

    The Videomaker Short Video Contest 2004
    PO Box 4591
    Chico, CA 95927

    Entry Guidelines

  • The 2004 Videomaker Short Video Contest is open to all videographers unaffiliated with Videomaker or any of the contest’s sponsors.
  • Entries must be submitted as Windows Media encoded for Web servers for LAN, cable modem or xDSL (100 to 768 kbps) and burned to CD-R. Entries on videotape or DVD will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be five minutes or less in length, and include an equipment list showing the original list price for each component used in the production. Equipment must total no more than $20,000. The cost of equipment used will be taken into consideration in judging.
  • Written proof of copyright must be included with the entry for all materials, audio and video, used in the production. Written proof must be a document signed by the copyright holder giving the videographer, by name, explicit permission to use the specific material. In the case of royalty-free music, the videographer must list the name of the music library and track used.
  • Enter as many videos as you like, but send each entry on its own individual disc. If you are entering the same video in several categories, send only one copy of the disc and one entry fee, then check off all categories the video fits on the entry form.
  • Entry fee for the 2004 Videomaker Short Video Contest is $10. If you wish to have your disc returned to you, include an additional $5 for shipping and handling.
  • Entries must be received by Sept. 30, 2004. Discs received after this date will be disqualified.
  • Winners will be announced in a future issue of Videomaker. Except those returned, all submissions become property of Videomaker. All contestants consent to Videomaker’s use of entries for promotional and/or editorial purposes.
  • Winners’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses will be provided to the prize sponsors.
  • Winners are responsible for any state, federal or other taxes resulting from the receipt of prizes. The values of winnings will be declared on customs forms, if prizes are to be shipped outside the United States of America.

    Videomaker takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to discs occurring during the contest. Never send your master.

  • The Videomaker Editors are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to produce and share better video.