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and the winners are...

view winners ANIACOPIAN


and the winners are...

view winners ANIACOPIAN


March 25 to April 22, 2019

As part of our ongoing contest series, on March 25, we teamed up with vertical video pro Ani Acopian to launch a contest that challenged your vertical video making - #FlatLayChallenge.

Ani has been busy reviewing your content! We received over 190 eligible submissions which showcased an incredible amount of creativity, planning and execution. We’ve seen epic portraits of the things you love – from superstar pets to snacks, sports, sky-dives and of course a whole heap of gear.

We’re excited to announce that Ani has selected a Grand Prize winner and two Runners Up. The winners will receive filmmaking gear from a prize pool worth over $10,000. Watch the winning films below!

Congratulations to all three of the prize winners, and THANK YOU to everyone who took the time and energy to create and share something awesome with the community. We hope the challenge was fun and that working on it got you to try something new as a creator.

We’ll be announcing the next challenge on May 6th – so subscribe to YouTube to be the first in the know.

grand prize winner




"I literally don't know where to begin. Can't believe you made this custom rig! I want to borrow it! lol. Epic video!"


runners up




"Mind blown. How did you do this?! This is incredible! Love the movement and sound."





"I really love the way that this goes from world to world so effortlessly. Audio is on point. Amazing movement and sound. Thank you for spending the time making this!"




Grand Prize*

  • DJI® Mavic 2 Pro Drone Quadcopter with Fly More Kit Combo Bundle
  • Blackmagic® Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4k
  • Panasonic® Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 Lens
  • Apple® iPad Pro11-inch 64GB with Wi-Fi
  • LaCie® 2big Dock 20TB
  • Litepanels® Astra 3X bi-color LED panel
  • GoPro Hero7
  • Rode® Microphones NTG-3 Precision Broadcast Grade Super Cardioid Shotgun Microphone - Bundle With Rode Blimp Windshield/Shock Mount, Rode Micro Boompole, Pig Hog 20' 8mm XLR Microphone Cable
  • SmallHD Focus 5" Micro HDMI 800 Nits On Camera Monitor
  • LaCie® DJI Copilot 2TB hard drive
  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L
  • Manfrotto BeFree Tripod
  • Bose® QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones
  • LaCie® Rugged Thunderbolt™ USB-C 2TB hard drive
  • Anker 10-Port USB Wall Charger
  • Polar Pro ND Filters
  • Filson® Card Case
  • Filson® Key Chain
  • Pelican 0915 Micro Memory Card Case
  • LandMark Project Hat
  • Pelican 1535 Air Carry On Case
  • YETI® Rambler 14 OZ Mug
  • RayBan® RB4371F Sunglasses
  • Gaffer Power Gaffer Tape (black)
  • Topo Designs Camera Strap
  • Pataognia Micro D Fleece Pullover Black Large
  • Moleskine® Classic Notebook
  • Coral Pocket Notebook

Runner up prizes (x2 winners)*

  • LaCie® DJI Copilot 2TB
  • DJI® Ronin-S

*Prizes comprised of display units (except for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4k and DJI Mavic 2 Pro). Display units may be subject to unpackaging, display for promotional purposes, and repackaging (but not operation) prior to prize allocation and fulfilment.


  • 25% Innovation - Does your video put a new twist on an established style, or create a style of its own?
  • 25% Cinematography - Does the framing compliment the art direction of the piece?
  • 25% Editing - Is the editing seamless and smooth?
  • 25% Sound - Do the music/sound effects add to the video?


  • 25 Mar
  • 22 Apr
  • 22 Apr
  • 26 Apr
  • Contest open
  • Contest closes
  • Judging begins
  • Winner announced
Contest open
Contest closes
Judging begins
Winner announced

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Ani Acopian is an award-winning video director whose work has been recognized by The Shorty Awards, GIPHY Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and more. She creates innovative short-form videos for global brands and artists including Red Bull, DJI, and Chipotle. You can find her refreshing her inbox in Los Angeles.



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