“We are happy to announce the winners of MetLife Alico contest. We received a quite a large number of heartwarming, humorous, challenging, and excellent entries”So now is time to discover the winner and you can see some personal feedback from the client below: 1st Prize (EUR 11,000) - keisukeitoc (Japan) with Old Umbrella “While achieving extremely high-quality, this animation work creates perfect balance between visual and audio. By casting robots as lead characters, it exquisitely portrayed their emotional change with tactful use of lightning. It is selected as a winning entry due to its unique interpretation and expression of "how a little help can create a dramatic and happy outcome".”
I'm a freelance filmmaker. I do the whole process by myself. Winning is so wonderful. Actually, It was my first participation in eYeka. So, I still can't believe it! I got big motivation for continuing to make some original movies. Thanks a lot.2nd Prize (EUR 6,000) - hunterhopewell (USA) with Pink Elephant “This entry uniquely depicts the message" a little help can bring happiness to somebody else" through an ordinary event that everyone has experienced and it should certainly resonate with viewers. It is highly evaluated and selected as winning entry for its universal humor and overall cheerful tone. ”
I found out about eYeka through OnlineVideoContests.com. Along with eYeka, it's a terrific website for any filmmaker. As a freshman film major at UNLV, eYeka has presented me with awesome opportunities to make a name for myself as a young filmmaker, and I am very appreciative of this. For any creators out there, let me offer this advice. Do not get discouraged and always keep trying. Even if you think you will not win a contest, create a submission anyway. Your chances are probably much better than you think. Do not sell yourself short because 100% of the time that you do not submit, you will not win. It's one of the most rewarding feelings to have your work acknowledged through these contests. I was ecstatic when I found out. I was sitting in my Intro to Astronomy lecture and almost jumped out of my seat. I cannot thank eYeka and MetLife enough. I'm going to be able to use this money to buy additional film equipment in order to make more, greater films in the future. eYeka, you rock! I look forward to creating more with you. Thank you.3rd Prize (EUR 3,000) - ShoFujii (Japan) with The worst yet the best day “The visual quality is high, created with the storyline that anyone can related to. The video is highly evaluated and selected as a winning entry for its fantastic storyline brilliantly portraying an unexpected help instantly turns her anxiety living in a foreign country into a hope.”
I'm a freelance filmmaker but I also go to Digital Hollywood Graduate School and my supervisor there introduced me the contest. My tips to other creators: I believe the most important thing is to know what the companies are looking for in each contest. Read through summary as well as the company website very carefully and try to understand what kind of images they would want. The greatest thing about eYeka contest is the prize. You might receive honor and fame if you win film festivals, but to be realistic, it costs a lot to make a film and you cannot be a low budget filmmaker forever. Of course there are regulations and it's not easy to make films that the companies are looking for, but I will definitely keep participating in other contests.Congratulations to the winners and thank you all the participants for your inspirational videos!