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Canon Canada conducts Buffer Festival contest

Canon Canada of Mississauga has begun a contest promotion in association with the Buffer Festival. The festival, which will take place at five Toronto theatres from Nov. 8 to 10, will recognize creative video posted to YouTube. The promotion, called the "Canon VIP Video Makers Competition," is aimed at Canadian YouTube video-makers with fewer that 50,000 subscribers and who focus on travel, cinematography, video blogging or comedy.

Contestants can enter by uploading a video to their own YouTube channel explaining why they want to attend the festival. A judging panel will select five finalists, who will each receive an all-access pass to the festival and a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera. After the festival, the finalists will have until Nov. 15 to create a video based on their own footage of the event. Public voting will determine a grand prize winner, who will receive $1,000.

"We're excited to be partnering with Buffer Festival and sharing in the celebration of talented Canadian YouTube video makers," said Ian Macfarlane, senior vice-president and general manager for imaging technologies, the communications group and the market development group at Canon Canada. "Canon is proud to support cinematic culture and visual storytelling, and we look forward to reviewing the submissions."

The first annual Buffer Festival is being presented by ApprenticeA Productions and produced in association with the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab (CFC Media Lab).

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