The Winners of Microsoft's Cannes Videos Contest Are...
Article by George Norman
On 21 Jun 2011
Back in May we were announcing that Microsoft launched an online video competition that gave everyone the chance to win a trip for two to the Cannes Lions Festival in France as well as $8,000 in cash. The competition went something like this” come up with a 60 to 90-second long video that presents how a Windows 7-powered PC is at the core of a student’s life, submit it to Microsoft, collect your prize if you were lucky enough to win.

Today we are glad to report that the Redmond-based software giant has announced who the winners of the Cannes video contest are. The winner of the Grand Prize, a trip to Cannes and $8,000 in cash is the “Long Distance Relationship” video submitted by Jamal Dedeaux and Rebecca Haze (both from the US). The video shows who a student can stay in touch with his loved ones by using a Windows 7 PC.

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“For Long Distance Relationship we wanted to get across the true sentiments of a person who lives and dies by their laptop, but yet are not necessarily technical people. Rebecca came up with the brilliant concept of a guy and girl who are inseparable and carry out their relationship on their laptop computers. From there we just worked out the beats to make sure that we told a humorous concise love story,” said Jamal and Rebecca.

Apart from the Grand Prize, there were 4 other prizes:
- 2nd prize went to Pete Herron from the US for the “Boxless” video which focuses on the idea that you don’t need to pack things in boxes because everything you love is on your Windows 7 laptop.
- 3rd prize went to Rob Miller, Douglisio DiMuccio and Jere Free, also from the United States, who came up with the “Life with Windows” video. The premise of the video is “too bad everything can’t run like Windows 7”.
- 4th prize went to Andreas Lewandowski and Bjorn Johansson from Sweden for the “Fold it Your Way” video, an animated video that has a do-it-yourself feel.
- 5th prize went to Maria Federova from the Russian Federation for the “Windows 7 – Try it as well” video that showcases how the operating system has something new and interesting to offer to everyone.

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