Columbia Festival of the Arts is conducting a contest to identify the next Emcee to be the Voice of LakeFest. Contest entrants are to submit an original 3- 5 minute video (content and language must be family appropriate) showing why they should be the next Emcee for the Festival’s free, three-day outdoor arts and entertainment weekend on the lakefront in Columbia Town Center, June 14, 15 and 16, 2013.
All entries will be posted on the Festival’s Facebook page where the public will “Like” videos to cast their votes to select the top ten (10) semi-finalists. The ten semi-finalists will be invited to an event on May 16 at Monteabaro Hall, The Horowitz Center at Howard Community College, where excerpts from their videos will be screened before a live audience.
Five (5) finalists will be announced at the live event. During the live event the five finalists will answer questions, drawn at random, in front of the audience and panel of judges who will then select the winner of the contest.
The winner’s video will be featured on the Festival website during the 2013 season and s/he will be awarded a $600 contract prize with a renewable option for 2014.
Registration & Submission Deadline: Friday, April 19 2013, 5:00 p.m. Submissions may be made at any time up until this deadline. Email registration form and video link to Emcee@ColumbiaFestival.com
Online Voting Opens: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Online Voting Closes: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Ten (10) Semi-finalists Announced on the Festival Website and Facebook: Friday May 10, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Live Event – Contest Winner Selection: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Monteabaro Hall, The Horowitz Center, Howard Community College. The 10 semi-finalists must be available to attend this event.
LakeFest: Friday, June 14 thru Sunday, June 16, 2013
Video & Submission Requirements: Max Length – 5 Minutes; Ratio – 4:3 Ratio (Letterboxed if other); Definition: Standard; Audio: Stereo or Mono
Format: YouTube link (preferred) or .MP4 or .MOV video file sent via SendSpace or similar upload service to Emcee@ColumbiaFestival.com. Cell Phone Video OK.
Please NAME your video file AND your Entry Form with your INITIAL, LAST NAME and EMCEE (Ex: JSmith_Emcee.MOV / JSmith_Emcee.PDF). Subject of your email: “Emcee Contest”