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BookCrossing Video Contest: Win $250 and Wings for a Year!

November 19, 2010
Look out, Hollywood!
Move aside, Bollywood!
Make room for Ballywood!

Can you create a compelling video to cause curious book lovers to stop, drop, and join BookCrossing? We know how difficult it is to describe BookCrossing: the registering, releasing, and catching of wild books; the hunting, forum posting, and serendipitous community; the love, generosity, and sheer magic of it all. It’s a detailed process, and it can be a lot to absorb. When you visualize BookCrossing, what do you see? We’re looking for a 2-minute video that captures the brand, essence, and the act of BookCrossing - but the challenge is to create it without using words.

We want a global video, one that best represents BookCrossing in the universal language of imagery. This video needs to show the gist of BookCrossing (including how to quickly register, label and release a book) while portraying the overall joy, fun, and community feel of the site.


The winner will receive a $250 Gift Certificate to the Supply Store, Wings for a Year, and may be showcased on the home page of BookCrossing. The first 10 submissions will receive two free months of wings, so get filming!


1. The running book logo may be used in any form (animation, claymation, a book label, cartooning, the website, etc.)
2. No spoken or written words are permitted; however, you may use the words ‘BookCrossing’ or ‘bookcrossing’.
3. The url, www.bookcrossing.com, must be used at least once and must include the running book logo with it.
4. If music is used, be sure you have rights to do so.
5. Limit any screen shots to 5 or less. Remember, although your submission must include how to bookcross, it’s mostly a broad overview of the site not a detailed ‘how-to’.
6. Total video length may not exceed 2 minutes.
7. Team entries are welcome.

How to Enter

Before midnight, January 31, 2011, send an email to bookstories at bookcrossing dot com with a video attachment or embedded link (preferably uploaded to YouTube.com). Be sure to include your name, screen name, address, email, phone number and a ‘cut and paste’ of the text below:

PLEASE NOTE, by submitting your video, you are agreeing to the following:

By entering, you agree that you created the Video and you have any required permissions to submit entry your Submission and Entry to the Contest subject to the terms of these Official Rules. There must not be any background containing artwork or recognizable commercial logos, or any inappropriate or offensive materials in the Submissions. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, garbled, late, damaged, corrupted or postage due are void and will not be accepted. By entering, you agree that your Submission and any other portion of your Entry may be used on www.bookcrossing.com and in promotions and advertisements for www.bookcrossing.com.

By entering the Contest, contestant grants BookCrossing the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, edit (including for length) and otherwise exploit the contestant’s Submission and to incorporate the Submission in other works in any and all markets and media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification, permission or approval. Contestants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to BookCrossing's reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of their Entry, or any portions thereof will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, defamation, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. Any Submission containing material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or that does not comply with these Official Rules or meet BookCrossing’s standards for any reason, as determined by BookCrossing in its sole discretion, will be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Contestant also warrants that he/she has obtained written permission when filming on private property not owned or controlled by contestant, where such permission is required. Upon request, you must provide BookCrossing with signed releases from the owners of any private property where you filmed. BookCrossing shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submission.

Think global! Think community! Think BookCrossing!

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