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Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms! Tripfilms was created as a place for everyone to share their travel videos from all over the world, and as the year comes to a close it’s a good time for us to look back and reflect on the awe-inspiring places and adventures we have experienced through the incredible videos shared by the Tripfilms community.

How many videos were uploaded?

1,280 videos uploaded so far in 2015, bringing total Tripfilms video library to 21,720 videos. Of those videos, 818 were HD editor’s picks. That’s a lot of high quality travel videos. Kudos to everyone who uploaded!

Where did our TripVloggers travel this year?

The TripVlogger program is a way for us to reward top Tripfilms contributors with paid video assignments. If you are uploading editor’s pick quality travel videos to Tripfilms, you could be eligible for a TripVlogger assignment! Click here to learn more about the TripVlogger program and apply.

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This year, Tripfilms TripVloggers traveled to the Grand Canyon, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Toronto, Muskoka, Niagara Falls, San Diego, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Smugglers’ Notch, Laos, China, Sydney, Madrid, Cleveland, Cuba, Abu Dhabi, Alaska, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Atlantic City, Malta, Cebu City, Hanoi, Phuket, Porto, Lisbon, Indonesia. And the videos they made were amazing!

How many new Tripfilms travel shows were created? 

32 new Tripfilms travel shows were created this year. You can watch them here!

Did we host the Trippy Awards this year?

You bet we did, and we were blown away by the quality of the videos nominated for the top awards. Congratulations again to Justin Plus Lauren for winning Filmmaker of the Year! Check out all the Trippy Awards 2015 winners here.

How many filmmakers were profiled on the blog?

We interviewed 27 filmmakers for the Twelve Travel Questions series this year. We also published the collected responses of 50 of these expert travelers for our Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions series. Find the links here.

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How did we work with Tripfilms partners this year? 

We are always excited about partnerships that allow us to share Tripfilms travel videos with audiences beyond Tripfilms.com. Our goal with these partnerships is to increase awareness of travel video and Tripfilms filmmakers in the travel community as well as among general audiences.

This year we continued to distribute top Tripfilms videos on MSN, USA Today, and Yahoo. In 2015 we also created new Tripfilms channels on Frequency, Vessel, and Amazon. You can read more about these partnerships here on the blog:

Last year, our wish list for partnerships included better attribution for filmmakers and better stats reporting from them on view counts. We now have attribution for filmmakers on all partner channels and our partners now provide metrics either through a dashboard or upon request. Remember that 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. We hope that giving Tripfilms filmmakers the chance to get their videos distributed on these channels can help their videos reach even more people around the world and inspire others to travel.

How many times were we inspired by this beautiful world we live in that you shared with us through your travel videos?

Countless times.

We want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone in the Tripfilms community—from all of the filmmakers to anyone who has ever watched a travel video on Tripfilms—thank you for sharing your world. We wish you very happy holidays and a happy new year! May your new year be full of new destinations, new friends, and even more travel adventures.

Happy Thanksgiving from Tripfilms

Happy Thanksgiving from Tripfilms

Here at Tripfilms, we are grateful every day for the incredible Tripfilms community of travelers and filmmakers. We are grateful to you for sharing your views of the world with us through your videos, and the amazing people, places, and adventures you experience along the way. Here in New York City we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week, but wherever you are in the world, we want you to know that we are thankful for you and your inspiring creativity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tripfilms TripVlogger Videos Now on Vessel

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Tripfilms is excited to announce that the Tripfilms channel on Vessel went live today! This new channel will be a fantastic way to share high quality TripVlogger travel video content with new audiences on Vessel. Special thanks to Nomadic Frames for providing the Venice photo that you can see as the Tripfilms Vessel channel main cover art—it looks great!

Vessel launched earlier this year and is a subscription video-sharing website created by the founding CEO of Hulu. Vessel offers exclusive early access for subscribers. Starting with the channel launch today, new Tripfilms TripVlogger videos will be shown first exclusively on Vessel to subscribers for one week. After one week the videos will be released on Tripfilms and all other distribution partners and will be available to watch on Vessel for free. This exclusivity window will only affect TripVlogger videos that are produced by Tripfilms as paid TripVlogger assignments.

Only commissioned TripVlogger videos will be distributed on the Vessel channel. These are videos that are produced by Tripfilms and created as paid assignments by filmmakers in the Tripfilms community. You can tell that a video was made as part of a TripVlogger assignment because it shows the Tripfilms cloud logo at the beginning of the video. All other submissions uploaded to Tripfilms.com will continue to appear on Tripfilms as normal and will not appear on Vessel.

If you would like to apply for a TripVlogger assignment and get your videos on Vessel, click here. Offering paid assignments is one way we like to reward regular Tripfilms contributors, so you should have at least a few videos uploaded to Tripfilms before you apply, including at least one video in the TripVlogger style as a sample (see the TripVlogger Style Guide here).

Questions? We want to hear from you! Email Jamie: jamie@tripfilms.com.

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Tripfilms Videos Featured on MSN Travel

Tripfilms Videos on MSN Travel

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!

Tripfilms Videos Now on Frequency.com

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At Tripfilms, one of our goals is to help our community of travel filmmakers reach a wider audience with their excellent and inspiring travel videos. That’s why we get excited about partnerships that help us bring Tripfilms videos to new audiences. We are pleased to announce that Tripfilms videos can now be found on on a new media partner site, Frequency.com. Frequency is a website that lets you “watch the internet.” The site gathers videos from Facebook, Twitter, and thousands of other participating websites, including Comedy Central, Food Network, Reddit, National Geographic and many more, and makes it easy to discover and watch streaming video channels.

The Tripfilms channel on Frequency will display a hand-selected feed of top HD editor’s picks from Tripfilms.com. Clicking on the the source takes Frequency visitors back to that video’s page on Tripfilms.com. You can find the Tripfilms channel on Frequency here: http://www.frequency.com/tripfilms.

Introducing Your 2015 Trippy Awards Winners!

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We had an incredible Trippy Awards this year and we want to thank you for supporting incredible and inspiring travel filmmaking with your votes.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and the winners in each category!

Justin Plus Lauren are the winners of the 2015 Trippy Award for Filmmaker of the Year! Be sure to follow Tripfilms on Facebook for updates on where their “Choose Your Own Adventure” Grand Prize trip will take them and watch for videos from the trip on Tripfilms.

Here is the full list of winners for each category:

Filmmaker of the Year Award
Justin Plus Lauren

Host of the Year Award
Adam Baker

Best Travel Show Award
Frog TV

Eye Candy Award: Best Imagery
Epic Nicaragua Highlights HD by crvtravel

Extreme Award: Best Adventure Video
Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure Travel Video by crvtravel

LOL Award: Funniest Video
Let’s Get Real…Sometimes, Travel Sucks by TheTravelMuse

Destination Profile Award: Best Destination Video
A Guide to Antigua Guatemala by LucyTaylorTravels

Travel Bites Award: Best Food Video
Food of Peru by Kelley

Better Than A Guidebook Award: Best Activity Video
Exploring Magical Machu Picchu by LucyTaylorTravels

Video of the Year
Costa Rica Green Season HD by crvtravel

Presenting Your 2015 Trippy Awards Nominees!

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We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2015 Trippy Awards. These awards 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. Check out the complete list of nominees below, then head to www.tripfilms.com/trippy to vote for your favorites! Voting is open through July 27th.

Filmmaker of the Year Award
The Travel Muse
Adam Baker
Lucy Taylor
Justin Plus Lauren
Gary Bembridge

Host of the Year Award
The Travel Muse
Adam Baker
Davidsbeenhere
The Planet D
Wander The Map

Best Travel Show Award
The Travel Muse
Frog TV
Mindful Wanderlust
Justin Plus Lauren
Davidsbeenhere

Eye Candy Award: Best Imagery
Iguassu Falls, Brazil by Travizeo
Discover Beautiful Bermuda by justinpluslauren
Epic Nicaragua Highlights by crvtravel
Street Art in Wynwood, Miami by TheTravelMuse
Chicago Architectural River Cruise Tour by wesleyproductions

Extreme Award: Best Adventure Video
Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure Travel Video by crvtravel
Knight Inlet Lodge Bear Viewing by garybembridge
Hot Air Ballooning Over the Red Rocks of Arizona by WanderTheMap
Mount Whitney, CA; Welcome to America Adventure Update Episode 01-11 by rrjusa
Travel Guatemala: Tikal by TheTravelMuse

LOL Award: Funniest Video
Tokyo Disneyland by mindfulwanderlust
Top 5 Cheap Things To Do in Chongqing, China by LostFoundT
Khaosan Road – Bangkok / Thailand – Travel Guide by SPESUS
New York by TerrenceWoods
Let’s Get Real…Sometimes, Travel Sucks by TheTravelMuse

Destination Profile Award: Best Destination Video
Peru: A Country Profile by Kelley
All About Long Beach, California by MichelleL
Wines, Waves & Wilderness by CatchCarri
Travel Guatemala: Chichicastenango Market Madness by TheTravelMuse
A Guide to Antigua Guatemala by LucyTaylorTravels

Travel Bites Award: Best Food Video
Vietnamese Noodles at Saigon’s Lunch Lady by migrationology
The Healthy Voyager: Chicago by HealthyVoyager
Garlic Shrimp on the North Shore by YellowProd
DTLA Food Shmorgasmo! by TheTravelMuse
Food of Peru by Kelley

Better Than A Guidebook Award: Best Activity Video
Exploring Magical Machu Picchu by LucyTaylorTravels
What To Do In One Day In Joshua Tree National Park by TheTravelMuse
Sydney In A Day by CalumTV
Havana in 24 Hours by mindfulwanderlust
Explore Genoa / Italy by SPESUS

Video of the Year
The Hidden Gems in My Hometown of Dundas, Ontario by justinpluslauren
Exploring Greece by WanderTheMap
Venice Must-See Sights by garybembridge
Travel Guatemala: Diving Into Semuc Champey by TheTravelMuse
Costa Rica Green Season HD by crvtravel

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.

Introducing Armchair Traveler

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Armchair travel is a real thing. Studies have shown that travel, and even the act of planning a trip or imagining yourself in a new place, can improve creativity and self-awareness. Reading a book set in an exotic destination or watching a film from another country can give you some of the same feelings of discovery you get when traveling. At Tripfilms, we have thousands of travel videos ready to transport you to a faraway place. Learn about a new city, and maybe get some ideas for a real world journey of your own.

We’ll make it easy for you—subscribe to the brand new Armchair Traveler newsletter and you will receive the best handpicked travel videos from all over the world delivered directly to your inbox. It’s like going to an airport, reading the destinations on the departure board, and buying a ticket to anywhere. For a look at our first edition, “Armchair Traveler: Paris,” click here.

Where will you travel next? Don’t miss a journey—subscribe today at tripfilms.com.

Congratulations to the 2014 Trippy Awards Winners!

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We had a fantastic Trippy Awards vote this year, with incredible nominees in each category. Our grand prize winners for Filmmaker of the Year 2014 are Cody and Giselle of Mindful Wanderlust. We can’t wait to see where they go! You can see the full list of winners here: www.tripfilms.com/trippy. Once again, we want to thank everyone who participated and voted in the Trippy Awards. You are the ones that make Tripfilms an inspiring and exciting community of travelers and creatives and we couldn’t do this without you! Thank you!

Filmmaker of the Year Award
Mindful Wanderlust

Host of the Year Award
Mindful Wanderlust

Best Travel Show Award
Mindful Wanderlust

Eye Candy Award: Best Imagery
Flying and Driving Jordan by goseewrite

Extreme Award: Best Adventure Video
Protests in Antalya Over the Death of Berkin Elvan by mindfulwanderlust

LOL Award: Funniest Video
Brooklyn’s Booziest Brunch Spots by SpencerP

Destination Profile Award: Best Destination Video
Arriving in Bhutan by mindfulwanderlust

Travel Bites Award: Best Food Video
Trying Durian for the First Time by CailinONeil

Better Than A Guidebook Award: Best Activity Video
The Ancient City of Assos, Turkey by Davidsbeenhere

Video of the Year
Mindful Wanderlust Year in Review by mindfulwanderlust