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Creative contests have gone global

Worldwide online voting is becoming a popular way to conduct contests for creative content. The FILM2MUSIC contest is one example.

This is a Cinematic CD Film2Music Competition. Voters watch over 90 short films in a diversity of genres and vote for their favorite(s) at www.cinematiccd.com. The film with the most audience votes will receive $5,000.

The Cinematic CD Film2Music Competition invited filmmakers from all over the world to create a short film to a track of their choice from the CD "Cinematic" by Kubilay Uner, using nothing besides the music in the film's audio track.

Filmmakers from four continents participated, ranging from film students to professional filmmakers and visual artists of various disciplines. With over 90 films submitted, there is a plethora of genres: thoughtful dramas, quirky comedies, abstract shorts, even a historical drama and a mockumentary.

Most fascinating aspect to all of us here: Seeing the widely differing interpretations of the same pieces of music by different filmmakers.

While the public votes to determine the Online Audience Award winner, a panel of six internationally renowned filmmakers selects the Grand Prize winner ($10,000) and two Second Prizes (set at $1,000 each).

In addition to the $10,000 award, the Grand Prize winner will also get a personal meeting with Ken Greenblatt from the Paradigm Agency, one of Hollywood's leading talent brokers, as well as a meeting with producer Jackie George.

And there you have it...the new paradigm in creative contests...they've gone global.