Thursday, July 21, 2011

2011 Metro's Transit Flicks Video Contest

It is that time again when all Los Angeles area transit riders need to hit record and tell the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority aka Metro why the system works for them.

Now, I do feel the need to remind folks that this should be positive, transit affirming video and not a plea to bring back the #485 on weekends. If you are over 18 years of age and don't work for any mass transit system in Southern California then you qualify to enter into the contest.

This is one of the winning videos from 2010, Staycation by German Oliva

For contest details swing on over to the Metro Transit Flicks page.

You'll need to get busy. I only found out about the contest via a flyer on the bus. Apparently it started on June 20th and the last day for entry is September 2, 2011.

You think they could have slipped a commercial on Transit TV or something?

(For the out of towners - there are television monitors on the buses that have news and mind puzzles of the day. It is called Transit TV but it is not owned or programmed by Metro. However, it does run commercials encouraging people to ride Metro.)

I do strongly encourage you to read the fine print; this is from the Entry Form page:

Entry of a video into this contest constitutes the grant to the Sponsors of an unconditional right to use entrant’s video, name, voice, likeness, photograph, biographical and prize information and/or statements about the promotion for any publicity, advertising and promotional purposes without future compensation, except where prohibited by law.

LACMTA reserves the exclusive right to interpret all conditions relating to this promotion, and LACMTA’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.

The Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual that the Sponsors either find to be i) acting in violation of these Rules; ii) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner; iii) acting with the intent to threaten, annoy, abuse or harass any person or to disparage any goods or services of the Sponsors or to erode the goodwill of the Sponsors; or iv) exhibiting conduct that the Sponsors find inappropriate, immoral or otherwise objectionable.

The prizes this year are a full year EZ Pass valued at $1,008, a six month EZ Pass valued at $504, a three month EZ pass valued at $252 and five honorable mentions get a month EZ pass valued at $84.

No details about video quality or file format so use what you got and have fun.

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