Small Business Stories Video Contest


Hey filmmakers, are you up for this challenge? Create a video that shines a light on small businesses and the people who created them. GoDaddy has partnered with Audience Awards for the Small Business Stories Video Contest — with prizes totalling $21,500.

Point your cameras at passionate entrepreneurs brave enough to start small businesses in your town. Tell their stories as only you can in two minutes or less. Show the grit and determination, the triumph and sacrifice, that comes with investing heart and soul into making a small business work.

Video Contest FilmmakerSmall Business Stories Video Contest: The details

The submissions for this video contest are documentary-style shorts of actual small businesses from your town. While GoDaddy has provided points for consideration when speaking to your small businesses, it’s up to you how you tell their story. Make it real. Make it memorable.

Video time limit: 1 to 2 minutes

Submission deadline: Feb. 13, 2017, by noon (MST)

Voting opens: Feb. 14, 2017, at noon (MST)

Voting closes: Feb. 21, 2017, at noon (MST)

Entry fee: Free

Please use the hashtag #smbstories when sharing the video contest or your entry.

You can find all the contest rules here.

How winners are determined

In the semifinals round the top 10 audience-voted and the top 10 preliminary jury-selected entries will move to the final round of the video contest. A panel of GoDaddy jurors will then judge the top 20 films.

You can view entries here.

Voting is open to the public. Voters can vote once a day for as many films as they like. Filmmakers can vote for their own films and any other films they like once a day. Get more details here.

Winners will announced on Feb. 23, 2017.

Prize breakdown

Winners of the Small Business Stories Video Contest will share a $21,500 cash prize:

1st Place Jury Award: $10,000
2nd Place Jury Award: $3,000
3rd Place Jury Award: $1,500
7 Honorable Mentions: $1,000 each

To learn more, visit the Small Business Stories Video Contest home page. Let’s do this.

A former small business owner and newspaper journalist, and a published nonfiction author, Andrea Rowland helps craft compelling communications for small businesses and web pros through her work as managing editor of the GoDaddy Garage. When she's not writing or editing, she likes to experiment with baking, travel, read, and dip her toes in the ocean.