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Tripfilms Call for Content: Holiday Travel Videos

This month we are happy to celebrate the holidays….and holiday travel! At Tripfilms, we want to see and celebrate your holiday travel videos. Are you traveling to visit family? Are you going on vacation? Are you visiting a new destination for the holidays, or are you exploring your own hometown? Are you escaping the winter cold and going somewhere warm? Or are you trying to find the most snow and ice that you can?

Let’s celebrate winter travel with video. Here is our grown-up Christmas list of the travel videos we would love to see on Tripfilms this season:

  • Christmas/holiday travel
  • Christmas markets
  • Holiday celebrations
  • River cruises
  • Winter sports
  • Cabins
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Winter vacations
  • And more!

Making travel videos can be a great way to capture and share this magic time of year. When you upload your videos to Tripfilms you can share your videos with the world, get your videos featured on social media, and earn rewards like Amazon gift cards and paid assignments.

Learn more about the rewards of uploading your travel videos to Tripfilms.

Click here to upload your holiday travel videos to Tripfilms.com.

Why Upload Videos to Tripfilms?

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At Tripfilms, we feature amazing travel videos uploaded by filmmakers around the world. Sharing your videos on Tripfilms is a way to connect and share your videos with a star-studded and marvelous community of travel filmmakers and travel video fans on Tripfilms.com, as well as to get the chance to have your videos more widely distributed on our media partner channels.

Thinking about uploading your own travel videos and joining the Tripfilms filmmaker community? Here are four reasons why you should upload your travel videos to Tripfilms.com.

1. Travel videos inspire.

Your videos can inspire travelers and bring travel inspiration to people all over the world. Travel videos can “motivate, inspire and help organize. Travel videos are also just fun to watch especially on a destination you have recently visited, or are feeling nostalgic about,” says SPESUS. Filmmaker Justin Weiler says, “Videos have the magic ability to emotionally engage with an audience and it’s what we all seek when traveling, and to be able to share that with others is a real privilege.” Filmmaker Joshua Johnson says that travel videos are “inspiration—straight up. Travel videos can get you stoked and can be a catalyst for the journey.”

“Travel videos can give you insight to places you’ve never been but may have wanted to go to. They can even attract you to places you never thought you would ever venture. That’s what is great about being able to get different perspectives through travel videos. And some filmmakers have such unique experiences that they inspire us to revisit places we’ve seen already. That’s the dopest thing about travel film—motivating someone to explore.”  – Global Lipstick

You can find 50 more ways that travel videos help travelers here: Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: What Travel Videos Can Do For You.

2. Reach a wide audience on Tripfilms.com and beyond.

When you upload your travel videos to Tripfilms.com, your video could be featured on our homepage. We constantly promote top videos and filmmakers on Tripfilms.com and on the Tripfilms blog, Facebook, Twitter, and in the weekly Tripfilms email newsletter. We have distribution agreements with MSN, Yahoo!, USA Today, Frequency, and Amazon that help Tripfilms videos be seen by an international general audience. And of course, uploading is 100% free, so it’s an easy way for you to get free promotion and distribution for your videos. You still own and retain all rights to your videos when you upload to Tripfilms.com and you can continue to upload your videos anywhere else you choose. You can find our full terms of service here: https://www.tripfilms.com/terms.

One tip: your videos are more likely to be chosen as editor’s picks and shared with our media partners if they are HD and use only non-copyrighted, royalty-free music. Your videos will also have a better chance at being distributed if you remove any “click to subscribe” tags or similar scenes that don’t apply to Tripfilms.com or partner sites.

3. Earn rewards like Amazon gift cards and paid filmmaking assignments. 

Tripfilms has an awesome rewards program where you earn one point each time someone watches your video. Once you hit 1,000 views (1,000 points) you can redeem your points for a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in paid travel assignments, consider applying for a TripVlogger assignment. The TripVlogger program is a way for us to reward top Tripfilms contributors with paid assignments all over the world. All you have to do is continue uploading your amazing travel videos and then apply for a TripVlogger assignment here. We also occasionally reach out to filmmakers in the Tripfilms community to connect them with other paid commercial assignments.

Another great opportunity for travel filmmakers is sharing hotel video reviews on Hotel Confidential, our site for hotel video reviews. Next time you stay in a hotel when you travel, you can earn money for your short smartphone video reviews. Click here to learn more and sign up.

4. Become part of a vibrant community of travel filmmakers.  

By sharing your videos on Tripfilms, you are joining an active community of passionate travel filmmakers who are bringing the world’s most unique places and experiences to life. Our Twelve Travel Questions interview series profiles some of our top filmmakers so you can learn expert travel and filmmaking tips from people who know. When you like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@tripfilms) you’ll get regular doses of travel inspiration right in your newsfeed.

If you have any questions about Tripfilms or if you have any comments, suggestions, or other feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Email Tripfilms Community Manager Jamie at jamie@tripfilms.com. 

Hope to see your travel videos on Tripfilms soon! Click here to upload your travel videos.

Tripfilms Videos Featured on MSN Travel

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Tripfilms is proud to partner with MSN Travel to feature selected Tripfilms videos on the MSN Travel Video page. Only hand-selected editor’s pick HD videos will be distributed via MSN Travel and a byline is always given to the filmmaker in the video description. We are very excited about this partnership and hope that it helps increase awareness of travel video and Tripfilms filmmakers in the travel community as well as among general audiences.

To have a better chance of getting your videos featured on MSN Travel, remember the following guidelines for an editor’s pick video:

  1. Editor’s pick videos are relevant to travel destinations and travel topics like food, hotels, accommodations, activities, shows, and events.
  2. Editor’s pick videos are not explicit advertisements.
  3. A user would recognize the high quality footage that is clear and not shaky, and HD footage is required.
  4. A user would hear clear sound and or music.
  5. A user who is trying to plan a trip could watch an editor’s pick video and come away with useful information about the destination or topic that they could use to plan their trip.
  6. A user who is looking to “armchair travel” could watch an editor’s pick video and be inspired to visit the place.

Additionally, to be featured on MSN Travel, videos should not have a screen at the end of the video asking users to subscribe. However, showing your own brand logo or your website address is just fine, and could even help you grow your audience.

Get your videos featured on the MSN Travel Tripfilms channel—Upload your travel videos to Tripfilms.com today!

Win a Travel Filmmaking Scholarship to Colombia

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Here’s an awesome opportunity we heard about from our friends at World Nomads. World Nomads is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Travel Filmmaking Scholarship. This year, one aspiring documentary filmmaker will have the chance to take a 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Colombia to tell the story of a community found on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. This Pacific community lives in a biodiversity hotspot. The scholarship winner will document how the people live and how they promote travel and tourism in their region. The scholarship winner will also have the opportunity to be mentored by filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey.

Who can apply?

To apply, you should be a non-professional filmmaker. The scholarship is open to film students or anyone who wants to build a career in documentary-style filmmaking. You should be at least 18 years old, have a valid passport, and be available to travel during the scholarship travel dates (November 22 – December 3). World Nomads also says, “You should be a keen amateur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker.” As part of your application, you will demonstrate your filmmaking skills by submitting a documentary short (less than 3 minutes) that profiles a person who inspires you to travel the world.

Think this sounds like the opportunity for you? Click here to learn more about the World Nomads 2015 Travel Filmmaking Scholarship and apply. We hope to see lots of Tripfilms filmmakers apply!

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Trippy Awards

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The Trippy Awards allow us to honor some of the most beautiful, interesting, surprising, inspiring, and impressive travel videos created and shared by the amazingly talented filmmakers of the Tripfilms community during the past year. We are celebrating exceptional travel videos from destinations all around the world, and this is your chance to nominate your favorite filmmakers and videos.

Nominations are open through July 6th, and voting will open shortly after we announce the finalists. To nominate your favorites in each category, please visit www.tripfilms.com/trippy or email your nominations to TrippyAwards@gmail.com.

Work With Tripfilms Filmmakers

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Are you a member of a tourism board or a business looking for video content? Tripfilms.com is home to a vibrant community of travelers and filmmakers, and many of them are eager to work with you.

There are a few ways that Tripfilms.com can help you if you are looking for custom travel video content:

  • You can tell us about travel filmmaking opportunities, contests, or jobs that we may be able to post on our TripVlogger sponsored jobs page.
  • You can check out individual filmmaker profiles and let us help you get in touch with them for an assignment. For example, David Hoffmann of davidsbeenhere has shot hundreds of short travel features. You can check them out on his show page for Davidsbeenhere. David is based in Miami.
  • You can also browse Tripfilms filmmakers in our public Twitter list: Tripfilms Filmmakers.

Once you have created custom travel video content, you’ll want everyone to see your great videos. When you have videos that you would like to share, upload them to Tripfilms.com! Top videos are featured on our social media channels and our email newsletter every week. A selection of top videos are also distributed through MSN, USA Today, and Yahoo Screen. Uploading to Tripfilms.com is the perfect opportunity to expand your reach and get your videos seen by thousands of travel video fans.

If you would like to contact a particular filmmaker or would like referrals for filmmakers who may be based in your area, you can contact Tripfilms Community Manager Jamie Christensen at jamie@tripfilms.com.

Videography for Travel Bloggers Course by Captain and Clark Now Available


Whether you have been making travel videos for a while or you are just getting started, at some point you’re going to want to work on developing your filmmaking skills so you can really take your videos to the next level. That’s why we were excited to hear that Tripfilms superstars Captain and Clark have created a new Videography for Travel Bloggers course that is now available through the awesome site Travel Blog Success.

Right now there is a special Spring Sale, so if you purchase the course along with the Travel Blog Success course (on sale for $218.61 when purchased together with the videography course) by Friday, April 17th, you can get Videography for Travel Bloggers for $267.30 (regularly $297).

Course creator Chris Staudinger said, “I love how much information you can convey with video. For me, it is a great way to tell stories that drip with emotion. It allows you to open a window into a destination and people can see it with their eyes.”

You can find some helpful reviews of the course by Tripfilms filmmakers Cailin O’Neal and Alexandra Baackes here:

http://www.travelyourself.ca/cailins-blog/travel-video-blogging-course-for-beginners-review/
http://www.alexinwanderland.com/2015/04/15/travel-blog-success-videography-course-review/

David Lee, Co-founder of Travel Blog Success said, “Working with video requires a special skill set, and it’s not one easily learned on your own. We saw the opportunity to partner with Chris and Tawny to create a specialized course as a terrific way to encourage more bloggers to begin producing travel videos.”

We definitely hope that everyone who takes the course is inspired to create their own travel videos, and we hope to see many of those new travel videos on Tripfilms soon!

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Travel Experts Wanted for Fountain, a Q&A Live Video Chat App

Our friends at Fountain.com are building a network of experts to connect with people via video chat to answer questions and provide information in real time. We want to pass on this opportunity to the Travel Experts in the Tripfilms community. It could be a great way to earn cash and share your travel stories.

From Fountain:

Hi Tripfilms filmmakers! I have a cool opportunity to share with you about joining Fountain.com as an expert answering travel questions at $40 per 15 min question as they launch into the travel category.

Fountain connects consumers to experts over video chat, and experts are paid for their expertise. It’s different in that:

  • There’s no scheduling. You get a push notification when someone has a travel-related question during your hours of possible availability. This means no missed appointments on your side, and no need to block your calendar.
  • Consumers do not look through a directory of profiles. Instead the system understands natural language so questions/searches like “best steak in Buenos Aries” or “Should I rent and drive a scooter through Vietnam” are automatically routed to you. For example, if you wanted to ask the question “Where are the best beaches for families in the South of France?” you would be able to instantly speak to a journalist/traveler/local to can give you a personal recommendation.
  • It’s primarily mobile, rather than desktop, which makes it easy to take pictures and point the camera at whatever the consumer needs help with.

Check out Fountain on the App Store or watch a video. Right now most of the videos are focused on Home and Garden, but Fountain is currently working on recruiting Travel Experts to expand the Travel category.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fountain-live-expert-help/id965520707?ls=1&mt=8

If you are interested, please email Stew at stew@fountain.com.

Call for Entries: Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

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The 6th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is now accepting video submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Films can be from 3 minutes to 60 minutes long and should focus on bicycle travel, group or solo, in any destination whether domestic or international. The official entry deadline is March 15th, 2015. It would be awesome to see filmmakers from the ultra-talented Tripfilms community featured in the festival. Let’s see your bike travel videos!

The film festival will be held on Wednesday May 27th, 2015 at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA and will benefit MassBike. For more on the festival’s mission and submission requirements, visit www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest.

Dominica Film Challenge 2015

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Remember the Dominica Film Challenge from last year? Well, they are back and on the lookout once again for filmmakers, photographers, and storytellers to help tell the story of the island and people of Dominica, a small tropical island located in the Caribbean (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic).

From the site:

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to an exotic tropical island with nothing more than your camera, a little history, and the assignment to go find a story? That’s exactly what we want you to do on the island of Dominica. We’re looking for aspiring photographers, filmmakers, and story tellers to come to Dominica as part of the Dominica Film Challenge and help us tell our story to the world.

Selected creatives will receive round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals, and trail guides. Best of all, they will receive full access to this beautiful island. Teams will spend a week on the island and document their journeys with film, photography, and other types of social media, then publish and share their experience with their fans.

Applications are due Monday, January 19th. The selected teams will travel to Dominica February 28 to March 7, 2015. To learn more and submit your application, visit http://www.dominicachallenge.com.