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2021 Trailer Editing Contest – You Choose the Winner!

Hi fellow editors!

We’re so happy to be back this year with a new trailer editing contest and prizes for ALL finalists. Students of The Art of Trailer Editing have the opportunity to submit their cuts to see who can create the best trailer using what was provided with the course – although if you wanted to use some of your own graphics, music or SFX, that was ok too.

Additionally, a big thank you to everyone who entered. We got a record number of submissions this year with an exceptional amount of creativity and technical prowess. We DID have to give ourselves a little pat on the back for the quality of the cuts — the training must be working 🙂

Also, for all the editors who entered again from previous years, your determination did not go unnoticed. Editing well takes a lot of practice and your effort will have only served to make you that much better!

Here’s a quick recap of the judging criteria:

  1. Clear & engaging storytelling
  2. Effective use of sound design
  3. Compelling music selection & editing
  4. Level of editorial polish
  5. Overall emotional impact

And most importantly, here are this year’s finalists in alphabetical order:

  • Athina Marini (1st place winner)
  • Kevin Okuhara (3rd place winner)
  • Lewis Rose (2nd place winner)

Now it’s up to you in the editing community to choose the first, second and third place winners!

Watch each trailer below and select your favorite using the survey at the bottom. They are labeled A, B and C in no particular order as we want them to remain anonymous for fair judging.

Trailer A – SECOND PLACE WINNER


Trailer B – FIRST PLACE WINNER


Trailer C – THIRD PLACE WINNER

Choose your favorite trailer

  • Trailer B (44%, 645 Votes)
  • Trailer A (38%, 555 Votes)
  • Trailer C (18%, 269 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,469

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Voting will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. The winners will be announced via email on Saturday, October 30th.

First Place winner will receive: $1,000 gift card to the vendor of your choice – Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama

Second Place winner will receive: $500 gift card to the vendor of your choice – Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama

Third Place winner will receive: $250 gift card to the vendor of your choice – Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama

Good luck to all 3 finalists!

If you’re interested in learning more about The Art of Trailer Editing and would like to be eligible to compete in our next contest, sign up below. We’ll send you 3 sample videos with details on how to enroll in the course.

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