September 30, 2014 at 9:08AM


Nepotism at its finest: How do I expand my audience for online video contests?

I enter at least 20 video contests per year and for a lot of them I have to rely on people voting for the best one. I personally think that is a biased way to do it. However, I want to extend the word of my video competition beyond my immediate audience. Where do I post my entry, or who do I go to so people will vote for my work and not others? I want my nepotism to reach its finest, I'm just unsure of how to get there


You must do a short film that you don't need search for the votes. Do it with a topics tthat people are searching for.

October 1, 2014 at 12:06AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Dallin, what's your reel like?

Send us a contest or two that you participated in and did not win -- you'll probably get the community's constructive feedback.

October 7, 2014 at 5:03PM, Edited October 7, 5:03PM


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October 17, 2014 at 7:24AM

Celine Rich

We have thought the same thing. The popular vote contest is usually a site trying to just get traffic to their site. They just hope enough people go their and buy something from them. Yes they want people to be creative and submit great videos also. We usually look for contests that do both popular vote and a judges vote. We are done with just vote movies until we get our YouTube Subscribers up. Also some of my friends have told that doing a crowd funding is a full time job. I would think promoting your video on a popular vote contest would be same thing. Pushing it on social media everyday. Posting to different forums. It's a grind. If you do make a video that a general person really likes then hope to JEBUS they share it,

October 28, 2014 at 2:05PM, Edited October 28, 2:05PM

Carl Busch
Film Maker

I get your frustration, and it's not just shorts; the way some indie features 'break-out' whilst others disappear seems to defy logic until you do a little digging and realise how connected the successful filmmakers are. But to be fair it's the same in every walk of life - how many plumbers get their first job working for dad's plumbing firm? How many novels have glowing reviews from magazines that the author sometimes writes for?

Personally I think worrying about this kind of stuff will drive you crazy. You can carpet-bomb Twitter, Facebook etc, and there are loads of social media guides out there on how to work/cheat the system. But I think it's more productive to concentrate on why you're making films - short or feature - are you telling stories you want to tell? Making the kind of films you want to make? Doing work you're proud of?

For me, the value of a short is what you get to do next. If it means you have more experience that helps get your next gig, it's a success. If actors or crew sign on for your next film because they liked your previous one, it's a success. If you get an agent off the back of it, it's a success. Even if it only scrapes a few hundred votes on some online contest, only gets a few views on YouTube - if it lets you take your next step, it's a success.

November 10, 2014 at 4:09AM

Jon Mills

I SUPER-like this answer! Thank you for the feedback

Dallin Wells

November 10, 2014 at 9:37PM

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