Get out your Flip cam, handicams, smartphones, laptops or anything in your house that has a camera and record button and create your entry. Upload your video to a video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo and share your video diary with us.
If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win a one-year subscription to an Equifax credit-monitoring product, and the GRAND PRIZE winner will win a $1000 Discover gift card.
If you’re worried about your technical skills, don’t be! We know you’re not professional filmmakers, so we’re not judging the technical or production value of your video. We want to hear your stories and share the best advice with other families who are concerned about money matters.
Here’s how we’re judging all video submissions:
How to create and submit a video to the Equifax Family Money Matters Video Contest
Step 1: Plan your video. What do you want to talk about? What examples can you give? What’s important to your family?
Step 2: Shoot your video. A few “do’s” and “don’ts” to help you make a great Family Money Matters video:
DO show your creativity and get your family involved.
DO show rather than tell. If you have a great organizational system or special tricks for shopping on a budget, SHOW us.
DO use bright lighting.
DO speak clearly, loudly and slowly.
DO make your video at least 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes.
DO SHARE THE CONTEST WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND GET THEM TO SUBMIT A VIDEO, TOO!
DON’T use copyrighted music or any other trademarked material.
DON’T share personal or identifying information.
DON’T mention specific companies or products, including financial products.
Step 3: Upload your video to a video hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up at YouTube.com. Here are more instructions for how to upload a video. Please include “Equifax Family Money Matters Video Contest” in your video title.
Step 4: Submit your video to the Equifax Family Money Matters Video Contest here. You’ll submit your video URL along with your name and contact information. Then it’s up to our panel of expert judges to select the five finalists before we turn the videos over to our readers to vote on their favorites.
Step 5: Share the contest and your video with your family and friends! Once the finalists are selected you’ll have one week to drum up support for your video and send your friends here to vote for their favorite videos. The Grand Prize winner who receives the most votes will win a $1000 Discover gift card.
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