Celebrity Wine Film Festival Contest to Promote BC Wine
Jesse Kovacs from ABC's Bachelor Pad and The Bachelorette will be a celebrity judge
March 31, 2011, Osoyoos B.C., - Producers of the 2011 Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival (OCWF) are reaching out to filmmakers everywhere to tell the story of BC Wines. OCWF is calling for submissions for “The Vinos” an amateur wine commercial film festival. “The Vinos” was inspired by events like the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes, and the wildly successful Big Rock Eddies beer commercial film festival.
Wine enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers will compete for a Vino, cash, prizes and wine, by producing a video about their favourite BC Wine or wineries. Videos nominated for a Vino will be aired during an awards ceremony and wrap party on June 11, 2011 at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos.
OCWF announced today that Jesse Kovacs of hit ABC TV show The Bachelor Pad and The Bachelorette, will be one of celebrity judges for the commercial film festival along with his brother Jacob. Jesse Kovacs is a former Major League Baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies and co-owns a California winery with his brother. The "Kovacs Brothers" label is produced in Carmel Valley.
Festival founder, and president of Black Hills Winery, Glenn Fawcett, “We discovered when hosting The Vinos last year that the exceptional quality of South Okanagan wine has created a large and passionate fan base. Our fans are very talented, last year they produced many funny, creative and touching commercials which made The Vinos a very entertaining evening.”
Filmmakers are encouraged to grab their friends and a camcorder and make a 60 – 180 second video commercial about their favorite B.C. wine or winery. The Vinos is open to amateur and professional videographers. The awards ceremony is reminiscent of an Oscar’s after party and participants will walk the red carpet. Guests and filmmakers will mingle with Hollywood celebrities in town for the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival.
Details and submission forms are here. Deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2011.
“Judges will be looking for creativity.” says Fawcett, “A sense of humour helps and good taste will go along way.”
To view the entertaining and hilarious wine commercials from last year, visit the “The Vinos” youtube channel here.
Grand Prize is $2500 in cash and wine. Second place is $1500 and third place is $750. All 24 finalist will receive 2 tickets to the event. Tickets for The Vinos are now available from the festival website:
**Great photography of Jesse Kovacs available.
Scott Henderson, Media Director, Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival
Managing Director, dHz Media
About the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival
The Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival takes place from June 9 to 12, 2011. The festival of food and wine pairing events is hosted annually by actor/director Jason Priestley and film producer Chad Oakes. Participants rub shoulders with film and television A-listers while enjoying the region’s best cuisine and wine. The festival is a joint venture between Destination Osoyoos, presenting sponsor, Black Hills Estate Winery, e=mc2 Event Management and hotel sponsors Walnut Beach Resort, Spirit Ridge Resort, and Watermark Beach Resort.