For the second year, an online video contest called the "Fringey Awards" gives the public a sneak preview of various Minnesota Fringe Festival artists’ performances and enables those who visit www.fringeyawards.com to vote for their favorite three videos until . The contest, sponsored by VISI, Minnesota’s premier cloud computing, data center, and managed hosting provider, invites all performers from the 2010 to submit 60-second videos that best capture the essence of their different productions and that encourage attendance to the performances.
The Fringey Awards video submissions can be excerpts from actual Fringe Festival performances or simply teasers. The trailers will be funny, dramatic, shocking and whimsical. They’ll be scripted, improvised or even stream-of-conscious. Many will feature live actors, original animation and music, and maybe even puppets.
"Fringey Awards offers Fringe artists a new, viral way to promote their performances through online video," said Gary Elfert, Director of Products and Marketing for VISI. "All Fringey video submissions will live on www.fringeyawards.com and YouTube, so contestants can send video links to their networks by email, Facebook, Twitter and other digital channels. VISI is bringing the power of technology and social media networking to the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the second year in a row."
The general public will be able to vote for their favorite videos from July 1st-August 4th. The top three videos with the most votes will each receive one year's worth of free Web site hosting ($240 retail value) from VISI. The grand prizewinner will receive $500 in cash along with a year of Web hosting service ($240 retail value) from VISI.
More information about the Fringey Awards can be found at www.fringeyawards.com, on Facebook and through Twitter.