The Heart of Missoula Hasn’t Missed a Beat Video Contest

Show us a thriving Missoula Downtown!

Submission Details

We know the past few months have been trying for everyone and people are concerned about our Missoula community. We want Missoulians to see that their community is still pressing on and continues to be vibrant despite the challenges and changes it has had to make.

Call to Action: We want to see Downtown through your eyes. Create a 60-90 second video that inspires people to come Downtown, support our local businesses, and find new ways to experience Downtown. Make sure your video showcases downtown Missoula positively and that many aspects of Downtown are represented – businesses, people walking about, surfers on the river, etc. Your video submission should show that life is continuing Downtown and we are here to welcome the community with open, and safe arms. Also be sure that folks in your video footage are adhering to social distancing recommendations, wearing masks, etc. Your video can be polished, or self-made. For DIY videos, use your smartphone (hold it horizontally) and edit with free video editing software.

Here are some key phrases to use as inspiration for your video submissions:

  1. Missoula Downtown, Connecting Our Community
  2. Make it Memorable. Make it Downtown.
  3. The Heart of Missoula Hasn’t Missed a Beat

The Downtown Missoula Partnership wants to discover new, fresh filmmakers/videographers to hire for future projects and to recommend to its members for work. This is your opportunity to show off your best work.

How It Works: You have until September 30, 2020, to create and submit your video and you may only submit one video. Submissions are judged for admittance into the video contest before voting opens. Acceptance into this video contest is based on adherence to the assignment. Your video must be accepted into the contest in order to compete. Accepted entries will compete in the video contest which is hosted in two rounds. The top 5 videos with the most audience votes and 5 videos selected by the preliminary jury will advance to the finals round. From these top finalist videos, a jury panel made up of the Missoula Downtown Partnership will choose and award 1st place – 3rd place winners.

Film submissions are evaluated based on the following judging criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Technical Merit
  • Adherence to the Assignment

Prizes for the Winners:

1st Place – $200 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

2nd Place – $100 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

3rd Place – $50 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

Winners will be announced around October 14, 2020.

About Downtown Missoula Partnership: Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, there’s no place like Missoula, and its Downtown is certainly no exception. With its unique shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, events, and even a river running through its core, Downtown Missoula is a place where everyone can find something to connect with. You’re sure to feel as if you’ve been here a hundred times and you’ll want to return a hundred times more. Welcome to the Heart of Missoula. Welcome to Downtown.

About AudPop: AudPop is a premium video platform connecting filmmakers, brands, and consumers globally, powered by 75K diverse, global filmmakers. AudPop collects and curates great video/film content for our partners from global, diverse filmmakers. Founded in 2013, we are a collaboration of filmmakers, designers, marketing strategists, writers, and dreamers. We believe that stories can change the world and our sweet spot is connecting storytellers to create change.



Sep 30, 2020 at 11:59am MDT (America/Denver)


Sep 30, 2020 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


Oct 07, 2020 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


Oct 14, 2020 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


1st Place Jury Award: $200 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

2nd Place Jury Award: $100 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

3rd Place Jury Award: $50 Missoula Downtown Gift Card



The Heart Of Missoula Hasn’t Missed A Beat Video Contest Rules

The Heart Of Missoula Hasn’t Missed A Beat Video Contest Rules:

All submissions must be 60 to 90 seconds in length.

Only one accepted video allowed per user.


To enter the contest, filmmakers must create an AudPop account and follow the instructions from the contest landing page located HERE.

See the landing page for details.

The winner will be announced by or around October 13, 2020.

This contest will be hosted in 2 rounds.

From the first round, the top _5___ number of  audience voted films and the top __5__ number of preliminary jury selected entries will advance to the final round to be juried by Downtown Missoula Partnership.

From the finalists, the jury will select 3 winners.


1st Place – $200 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

2nd Place – $100 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

3rd Place – $50 Missoula Downtown Gift Card

To enter, you must have a valid AudPop account. Signing up for AudPop is free of charge.

No purchase necessary to enter or claim a prize. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Entry via the AudPop account and connection is required. You must have the authority to submit the film for our consideration.

Anyone may submit to this contest, but videos will be judged for admittance into the contest before audience and jury voting opens. Preliminary judging will be based on the quality of content and adherence to the assignment. Videos will be judged by a score of 1-3. Videos that score a 1 will not be allowed to compete in the contest.

The film must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and been able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your film. Creative commons licenses will not be accepted and do not prove that you have the rights to the music on your film.

Entries will be evaluated based on the following judging criteria:

* Creativity (45%)

* Technical Merit (30%)

* Adherence to the Assignment (25%)

The approximate retail value of the prize(s) may be based on information provided by the sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. For tax reporting purposes, the winner(s) may be required to provide the sponsor with a valid social security number before the prize is awarded. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of winner(s) or, if a minor in the jurisdiction in which they reside, in the name of their parent or legal guardian, for the actual value of the prize(s) received. The prizes are awarded “as is” without warranty or guarantee, either express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Prizing may be fulfilled by a third party. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash by the winner. Prizes are subject to change.

Conditions:  Payments of all federal, state, and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  Winner will be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 with the winner’s full social security number or the equivalent.  Failure to submit a Form W-9 upon request will result in forfeiture of the prize.  Winnings of $600 or more will be reported to the IRS.

In the event a prize is mailed to a winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  Sponsor is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize.  Sponsor is not responsible if a potential winner does not receive his/her prize because erroneous, expired, cancelled, fraudulent, or fake information was provided during the Promotion.  Only the prize(s) set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded.  If, through printing or production error, or for any other reason whatsoever, more prizes are claimed than intended and/or set forth in these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes from all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.

REDEEMING PRIZES: Finalists will be notified via email within two weeks of the challenge closing. All winners are subject to verification at the sole discretion of Downtown Missoula Partnership and AudPop. As part of the verification process, AudPop or Downtown Missoula Partnership may, without otherwise altering the grant of rights to contest entities, require potential winners to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, and except where prohibited by law, a liability and publicity release. Any and all materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned. Filmmakers from outside of the US may submit to this festival. Out of the US prize winners are fully responsible for shipping, duties and taxes fees for prizes.


By submitting to this contest and being deemed a finalist, you agree to share the rights to your film submitted to this contest in perpetuity with Downtown Missoula Partnership and AudPop. You hereby assign to _____Downtown Missoula Partnership___ and AudPop non-exclusive rights, title and interests, including all intellectual property rights, in and to such other submissions and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these other submissions for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you. You agree to execute any documentation required by AudPop and/or ____Downtown Missoula Partnership_________-, in its sole discretion, to confirm such assignment to, and unrestricted use and dissemination by, AudPop of such other submissions.

You must have obtained all the necessary rights, including music rights, consents, authorizations and licenses covering the film. There must not be pending or anticipated litigation regarding the film. You may have to provide proof of rights.

All federal, state and local laws apply. By participating, entrants agree (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) to be bound by the decisions of AudPop and____Downtown Missoula Partnership______, including the interpretations of these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the contest. The AudPop and ___Downtown Missoula Partnership________are not responsible for (i) lost, late, misdirected, deceptive, damaged, garbled or illegible entries; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone-equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by AudPop on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the contest. AudPop and __Downtown Missoula Partnership____________________ reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this contest any person they believe has violated these Official Rules.

By accepting a prize, each winner irrevocably consents to the use by AudPop and _____Downtown Missoula Partnership_________________ or contest entities of winner’s name, likeness and statements relating to the contest, without further compensation, in all worldwide marketing, promotion and publicity carried out in perpetuity by AudPop and ___Downtown Missoula Partnership______and any of contest entities. Any information provided by the sponsor may be used to communicate with an entrant in relation to the contest or on a contest winner’s list. AudPop and ___Downtown Missoula Partnership___________________ reserve the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest if any fraud, virus or other problems corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the contest, as determined by AudPop and _in their sole discretion. Any damage made to the website or the AudPop service and Downtown Missoula Partnership___will be the responsibility of the account holder.

If a contest is terminated before the end date/time, the sponsor will determine the winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date/time. If any such malfunction, error, disruption or similar damage occurs and impairs the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the contest, AudPop, and __________Downtown Missoula Partnership_______________may, in their sole discretion, suspend or terminate the contest by posting a notice at

You may not post or transmit a caption that contains threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane material or any caption that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, that would otherwise violate any law, or is inconsistent with _Downtown Missoula Partnership_____________________ brand image. Any response that includes any such material, as determined by _______Downtown Missoula Partnership_______________ in its sole discretion, will be disqualified.

Entries generated by a script, computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, false, lost, late or misdirected, deceptive or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the contest at the sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the AudPop account of the entry, which the entrant will have the obligation to establish. Authorized account holder is defined as the person assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. All materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to the sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Illegible and/or incomplete entries and entries submitted by entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (including all requirements with respect to age and residence) are void.

VOTING: 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. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Any questions regarding the determination of a winner will be decided in the sole discretion of the sponsor, which is final and binding in all matters relating to this contest. If a user text verifies, the phone numbers will never be used for any purpose except to protect voting standards.


You are responsible for your use of the services and for any content accessed or made available to others through your account, even if that content is accessed or made available by others. AudPop will not be held responsible for your use of the services or for any such content. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account login information and for any activities or actions occurring under your account. AudPop encourages you to use a “strong” password (passwords that use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols) for your account. AudPop will not be responsible for any loss or damages resulting from your failure to comply with this obligation.

Each account login may only be used by one person – a single login shared by multiple people is not permitted. Fake email addresses are not allowed. You must be a human. Accounts registered by “bots” or other automated methods are not permitted. One person or legal entity may not maintain more than one free account.

You may not vote on behalf of someone else. Filmmakers and third parties may tell their customers, friends and neighbors about the competition and direct them to AudPop to vote for a film. Filmmakers are encouraged to share information they believe is relevant through links to the filmmakers’ AudPop pages. Filmmakers are responsible for complying with all applicable terms of each third-party platform, and all applicable laws, in connection with sharing information about its film. Neither filmmakers nor third parties retained by you may solicit or entice others to vote by offering any type of consideration including gifts, awards, bribes or inducements, including merchandise, cash, online currency, discounts, lottery or anything deemed to have value in exchange for votes, including donations to charity. Noncompliance may result in removal from the competition. Soliciting others for votes or sending spam related to voting is not within the spirit of the competition and films may be subject to removal from the competition if it is determined that they have participated in any such activities.

Notwithstanding anything in these rules, filmmakers may purchase print or digital advertisements simply stating that they are participating in the program, and they are encouraged to reach out to their friends, family, and fans to vote. The count of eligible votes by the AudPop shall be deemed final. The AudPop and ___Downtown Missoula Partnership_______________________reserve the right to eliminate or disregard any or all votes in excess of stated limits or otherwise not in accordance with the Official Rules or any instructions on the website, including any voting instructions.

The AudPop and _________Downtown Missoula Partnership_________________are not responsible for, nor are they required to count, in their sole and absolute discretion, late, lost, misdirected, unlawful or illicit votes, votes cast for a filmmaker later determined to be ineligible, votes cast in violation of the rules, votes achieved through automated means by using more than one account, using another person’s name or identity, or votes that are achieved through other fraudulent means, unsportsmanlike conduct or in a manner otherwise inconsistent with these contest rules. If you are caught cheating and you have an entry in a film and video contest, your entry will/may be deleted from the contest and not be eligible to receive a prize. Using vote-collecting websites including, but not limited to,,,, etc. is not allowed.

NOTE ABOUT MOBILE: If you participate in the contest via your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers and is not required to enter), standard messaging or data rates will apply according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. Other charges may apply and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless carriers’ rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless carrier for more information about rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this contest. Internet and data may not be available from all mobile phone service carriers and handset models. Cellphone service may not be available in all areas. Check your phone’s capabilities for specific instructions.

By participating in the challenge, winner agrees to have his/her name, voice, likeness, photograph, statements, opinions, biographical information and/or challenge entry used in any advertising or broadcasting material, whether relating to this Promotion or otherwise, in any media, worldwide, now known or hereinafter developed, in perpetuity, without additional notice, payment, or other compensation unless prohibited by law, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, misdelivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize.

Sponsor, its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Sponsor’s website, or otherwise in violation of the Official Rules.  Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the challenge if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.  In such event, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award any applicable prize(s) from the entries submitted before the cancellation, suspension, or modification of the challenge.  Any attempt to undermine the operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules, including the substitution of a prize of greater or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.

Failure to comply with the Official Rules may result in Participant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Sponsor.

The Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Promotion, or in the announcement of a prize.  In any case, the final winner of all prizes will be determined, and prizes will be awarded, within a reasonable time after the end of the Promotion Period, except as agreed between Sponsor and winner.

Indemnification; Limitation of Liability: neither sponsor, the audience awards, nor their subsidiaries and affiliated entities is responsible for printing or typographical errors in any promotion-related materials or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, misdelivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize.

This promotion offer is being made exclusively by the sponsor.  Sponsor and the audience awards are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failure of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission whether caused by sponsor, user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the process of submissions which may limit a participant’s ability to participate in this promotion. Neither sponsor, the audience awards, nor their subsidiaries and affiliated entities is responsible for any damages or injury incurred by winner and guests as a result of winning.

By entering, participants agree to release, hold harmless, defend and indemnify each of sponsor, the audience awards, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, and any and all other companies associated with this promotion (collectively, the “released parties”) against any and all liability, damages, or causes or action (however named or described), related to or arising out of (i) the promotion, (ii) participant’s participation in the promotion, and (iii) the receipt or use or misuse of the prize(s) awarded herein.  Possible claims or causes of action include, but are not limited to, infringement of any right of publicity or intellectual property; threatened or actual injury, loss, or damage to any person, including death and disability; defamation or portrayal in a false light (intentional and unintentional); and damage to or loss of property, arising out of such participant’s participation in the promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  In no event will the released parties be responsible for or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of this promotion.


The contest and these Official Rules shall be construed and governed in accordance with the substantive laws of the state of Montana, as distinguished from the choice of law rules. By participating, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the sponsor in connection with the contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Montana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By participating, entrants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Montana.


The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos, and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company (including, without limitation, AudPop), or the inclusion of a product or service as a prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.

In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. To the extent, there is a conflict between these Official Rules and any terms of use or other agreement posted on the sponsor’s website, AudPop website or elsewhere, these Official Rules control.


The contest is open to the public worldwide. An eligible minor (the age of majority is eighteen (18) in most states but twenty-one (21) in Mississippi and nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska) should obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission prior to entering. Further, entrants must be members in good standing of the AudPop in order to participate in the contest and win the prize(s).

Employees of AudPop and/or their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, directors, officers and distributors and other prize suppliers and each of their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) are not eligible to enter or win. The contest is governed by U.S. law, is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited.

AudPop Contest FAQ

How do I compete?

You must be a member of AudPop to compete in contests. If you are not already a member sign up now, once registered, follow these 3 easy steps!

  1. Read and agree to the rules and make sure this is the right contest for you.
  2. Select a film or photo from your library or upload a new item.
  3. Submit.

Do some contests have different rules than others?

Yes, it is important to carefully read the rules for each contest, before you submit your film. For example, some contests will allow you to submit work you’ve already completed and some will ask you to create something new, specifically for the video contest.

How do I vote?

Please view our Voting FAQ.

Can I delete my film after the contest closes?

You bet. Go to the “View Filmmaker Hub” tab in the navigation bar dropdown, click on the “Films” tab and delete the film.

How do I change the name of my film?

Go to the “View Filmmaker Hub” tab in the navigation bar dropdown, click on the “Films” tab and click edit. You can change the title there.

Can I hide my film from public view?

Yes. Go to the “View Filmmaker Hub” tab in the navigation bar dropdown, click on the “Films” tab and click edit. You can change the hide your film there.

Recommended Video Format

Formats: mp4

Codecs: h.264

Ratio: 16:9, 1920 × 1080p

Size: < 1024 MB

What video file types do you accept?

  • .mp4 (recommended)
  • .avi
  • .mpg
  • .wmv
  • .mpeg
  • .mov
  • .flv
  • .m4v

Video Format for 360 Videos

Formats: mp4

Codecs: h.264

Ratio: 16:9, stitched videos in 4K 3840 × 2160p

Size: < 2048 MB

How much storage do you allow for video files?

When entering a contest there is a 5GB max file size.

To increase file upload limits read more about subscriptions.

Recommended Photo and Design Format

Formats: jpeg or png

Min Size: 500px width/height

Max Size: 5000px width/height

Can I barter, buy or use websites like to acquire votes?

Absolutely not. Using vote collecting websites like (but not limited to),,, etc. is not allowed.

Can I use sms verification sites to verify voting accounts?

No. Using sms verification websites like (but not limited to),,,, etc. is not allowed.

Can I submit more than one film or file to a contest?


Can I submit the same film or file to multiple contests?

Only if it fits within the limitations of the contest brief.

What are your community standards?

AudPop is a filmmaking / creative community whose mission is to progress creativity. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Bullying & trolling prohibited here.

How do I share my film or photo?

Every film, design file and photo has social share buttons. Use those tools to promote your film, design file and photo across social channels.

How do I link my social media accounts to my filmmaker profile?

Go to the “View Filmmaker Hub” tab in the navigation bar dropdown, click on the “edit profile” tab, scroll down to social links. Enter the link title and URL into the fields, click add, repeat.

How do I change my profile picture?

Go to the “View Filmmaker Hub” tab in the navigation bar dropdown, click on the “edit profile” tab, scroll down to Profile picture, click upload, choose an image and save.

Can I use any music in my film?

No. You must have obtained and be able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your film. Creative commons licenses will not be accepted and do not prove that you have the rights to the music on your film.

How does it work?


Join AudPop and select this contest.


Submissions start Aug 26, 2020 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver). You have until Sep 30, 2020 at 11:59am MDT (America/Denver) to complete and submit your video or creative contest.


Voting opens on Sep 30, 2020 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver). Rally your friends! Learn More About Voting.


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