What Has Wine Meant to You in 2020?
Most of us have spent a lot more time than usual at home this year. How has wine played a role in your life during these difficult times? Share your story by submitting your video to Wine Spectator’s 14th Annual Short Film Contest. Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover, work in the wine or restaurant industry, or are a student of film, culinary arts or viticulture and enology. (You just need to be age 21 or older.) Over the past decade, we’ve seen top videos submitted by wine drinkers, winemakers, winery owners, sommeliers, musicians, lawyers, chefs and more.
How to Enter
1. Develop Your Own Take on this Year’s Topic
Our theme for 2020 is “Wine at Home.” Maybe you've been living in a region under full lockdown or with tight social-distancing restrictions, and virtual wine happy hours have been your way of keeping in touch with family and friends. Maybe you had to cancel long-dreamed-of travel plans to wine country, but you've spent your time broadening your wine education on your own. Maybe you've been working as part of an essential business or service or spending long hours on the front lines of the coronavirus response, and a glass of good wine is your reward when you get home. Tell us what wine has meant to you, what rituals you've developed at home around it, what you've been enjoying, what you've learned ….
Feel free to use your iPhone, Android, GoPro, DSLR or video camera. You don’t need professional video equipment or a big budget to win. And you definitely don't need to have traveled this year!
3. Have Fun!
Don’t be afraid to get creative and enjoy the process—it’ll show in your video! We’re looking for great storytelling and a passion for wine as much as production value.
4. Watch the Time and Dates
Submissions cannot exceed 2 minutes in length. Get all the rules and submit your short film to us online by Tuesday, Aug. 18.
See Your Work Celebrated
Win Great Prizes!
Winner: 2 full passes to Wine Spectator’s 2020 New York Wine Experience weekend, celebrating the event’s 40th anniversary
Finalists: 2 passes to one of the two 2020 Wine Experience Grand Tasting evenings, a fall 2020 Grand Tour tasting or a spring 2021 Grand Tour tasting
All qualified entrants: 1-year membership to WineSpectator.com
More Examples and Inspiration
Check out past entrants, including the 2019 winner of the "Wine Wanderlust" theme, “Sojourn: Journey to the Edge of the Earth”; the 2018 winner, “The Soul Of Barolo”, and these great no-travel-required finalists and honorable mentions: “Wine Saved Our Marriage,” “A Rocky Start Won My Heart” and “Wine Cellar.”
Key Contest Dates for 2020
- Submission deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET
- Finalists revealed and voting begins: Tuesday, Sept. 8
- Voting closes: Monday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. ET
- Runners-up and honorable mentions announced: Tuesday, Sept. 15
- Winner announced: Wednesday, Sept. 16
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