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THE Offaly Viral Video competition is hotting up with a number of unique and entertaining videos already submitted to Offaly County Council.

THE Offaly Viral Video competition is hotting up with a number of unique and entertaining videos already submitted to Offaly County Council.

The competition has drawn interest from schools, communities, amateur and professional film makers, enthusiasts and groups of friends.

The deadline is set for April 28 which still gives loads of time for people to enter. All is needed is to upload two minutes of footage on the ‘Unique reasons to visit Offaly’ to YouTube and email the link to eboyd@offalycoco.ie.

The content can be documenting the real reasons why Offaly people know why Offaly is unique, including day to day activities, creative concepts or just fundamentally quirky.

Chairman of Offaly County Council Cllr. Danny Owens who is supporting the competition commented this week “we are exploring new ways of marketing Offaly nationally and internationally.

“We are delighted that Midlands 103 and the local newspapers are supporting the project and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved, as the resulting films could be really far reaching.”

If you are interested in film making, acting or producing, if you have a home-camera or even a phone and like sharing videos on YouTube or Facebook, then this could be right up your street.

Offaly County Council in association with Midlands 103 are promoting this Viral Video Project’ which comes with a prize fund of n1,000.

So what is a viral video? It is one that becomes popular through the process of internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites and email such as. Facebook, Bebo, Hotmail, YouTube etc. Viral videos often contain humorous content and includes comedy sketches.

Economic Development Officer David Minton said “social media provides us with an immense platform to market Offaly nationally and internationally. Offaly also boasts a wealth of people interested in film.

This project is about marrying the two and providing the creative community the opportunity to portray their vision of Offaly”.

This is a social media competition and the winner will be selected by a point score made up of internet sharing and an independent judging panel. First prize will be a massive n1000.

An awards night will be hosted upstairs in Hugh Lynch’s Bar, Tullamore and special prizes will be awarded on the night for Offaly’s version of the Oscars.

Deadline for receipt of entry is April 28. Offaly’s Oscars ceremony will be held on Friday May 20.

If you would like an application or find out more information please log on to www.offaly.ie/viralvideo or contact Edel Boyd, Offaly County Council on 057 93 57457 or eboyd@offalycoco.ie