In May of this year TGR announced it would host The Co-Lab video contest, in which $100,000 cash would be awarded to the winner. In the days following the announcement the skiing community stirred with discussion: How do I enter? What sort of video do I have to make? Today, months later—after the contest dropped off the radar to some extent—we bring The Co-Lab back into the limelight in a big way, laying out the rules, guidelines and answers to FAQ.
“We’re super excited,” said Todd Jones, TGR co-founder. “The genesis of it… basically we’ve just seen these countless edits go up and up and up online, and people’s accessibility to cameras is growing, and younger production companies are emerging. The playing field is so different now, we thought it’d be cool to put this project together where the incentive is big, where we create the potential to change the formula of how things are done. We want to give everyone an equal stage to showcase their stuff. One of the things I’m most excited about is to see what kind of exposure this will give to some of the rippers who have been flying under the radar.”
Speaking to the enormity of the purse, Jones explained, “We think this is going to be viewed by a lot of people. It’s a new production, a new competition, something that hasn’t been done before. We wanted the purse to be something that stood out. We wanted it to be something that showed our commitment to this thing. In terms of evolution, we’re excited to see where it goes down the line, in the next few years. But for now, we’re so pumped to get it off the ground.”
Below you’ll find the breakdown on TGR’s Co-Lab, including a timetable, guidelines for the video submissions, voting details and information regarding rights to the video content. At the bottom of the page you’ll find a link to Page 2, which contains answers to a handful of frequently asked questions. Do you plan to enter? We want to hear what you think about the contest in the comments section below.
The Co-Lab: Presented By TetonGravity.com
TetonGravity.com presents The Co-Lab, a $100,000 open source freeskiing project created around the new generation of athletes and filmmakers. The rules are simple. Skiers upload their winter 2013 edits to TetonGravity.com, users will vote for the top 18, and an industry panel will select three Wild Cards. Those Top 21 athletes will then cast their own votes, in order of preference from most favorite to least favorite. The results from the Top 21 will determine the overall $100,000 winner, additional category winners (categories TBA), and the top 12 who will be featured in The Co-Lab film.
- November 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013: Filming/Editing Window
- May 1 – May 31, 2013 at midnight: Submission Period
- June 10 – July 15, 2013: Public Voting
- July 19, 2013: Announce Top 21
- July 22 – August 9, 2013: Top 21 Athlete Voting
- Sept 20, 2013 (TGR World Premiere): Release Film and Announce Winners
- Individual ski segments only. No teaming up with another skier.
- Skier must be 18 years of age on or before May 31, 2013.
- Videos can be up to 5 minutes.
- You must have cleared music, either provided by TGR on TetonGravity.com or cleared by video submitter.
- We will have downloadable music licenses available during the submission window (May 1 – May 31, 2013). Each entrant submitting a video must submit a form (see TetonGravity.com) stating they have clearance for music if they choose not to use the music provided by TGR.
- All entrants will upload their video segments to TetonGravity.com during the submission window. Only requirement is that video is shot in 720p HD minimum.
- All edits submitted to TetonGravity.com will be open to public voting starting on June 10, 2013.
- Public voting will select 18 of the Top 21.
- At the close of public voting, a panel of industry experts will determine 3 Wild Card selections.
- The top 18 publicly voted edits and the 3 Wild Card selections will make up the Top 21.
- The athletes representing the Top 21 will cast their own votes in order of preference from most favorite to least favorite.
- The weighted results of the athlete voting will determine the overall $100,000 winner, as well as the additional category winners.
- The segments cannot be released online until the filming/editing window closes. Once TGR posts the segment and user voting ends, you have full use of the footage.
- TGR retains the rights to host your video on TetonGravity.com in perpetuity.
- TGR retains the right to use shots or clips from your segment for promotional purposes related to The Co-Lab.
- TGR maintains NO rights to sell footage to third parties for advertising, promotion, or stock purposes. We do retain rights for the Top 21 to distribute your footage via DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes and any TGR properties related to The Co-Lab. We reserve the right to place the segments and compilations from the Top 21 on TV, VOD, streaming platforms, etc. as they relate to The Co-Lab.
- All commercial rights belong to the party submitting the segment.