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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.


March 25 to April 22, 2019

We’ve teamed up with Ani, the COLLECTIVE team’s newest Resident Pro, to launch a contest that challenges your vertical video making - #FlatLayChallenge.

We're taking the traditional flat lay photography concept, adding motion to it and making it life sized by inserting YOU.

Choose a unique environment, showcase an arrangement of the awesome items you own. Your items could be gear, books, food, anything you like. The important thing is that you get creative in your layout and in placing yourself (or a friend) into the frame.

How you shoot from above (a drone, ladder, staircase, etc.) is totally up to your discretion.

Just have fun and find an interesting way to use motion in your video to bring your flat lay to life.

We have over $10k in prizes for the winners!



  • 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?


  1. Sign up for COLLECTIVE today (if you haven’t already)
  2. Get out there and make your video
  3. Post your entry on Instagram, tag @collective_hq, @lacie_tech, @aniacopian and #FlatLayChallenge
  4. Come back to this page and follow the instructions to submit your entry

We’ll announce the #FlatLayChallenge prize winners exclusively on the brand new COLLECTIVE YouTube channel.



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 Mar
  • 22 Apr
  • 22 Apr
  • 26 Apr
  • Contest open
  • Contest closes
  • Judging begins
  • Winner announced
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  • Entries must be submitted to COLLECTIVE before 23:59 PST on April 22, 2019.
  • Entrants are only eligible to win one prize regardless of their number of entries.
  • Entries should be no longer than 30 seconds
  • Entries will not be eligible unless it features you (or someone you’ve invited to feature in your video) as part of your video.
  • Entries will not be eligible unless we, at our sole discretion, determine the entry was produced during the contest submission window.
  • Entrants can use their own music provided they own the license or it falls under the free creative common license. In order to be eligible to win a prize, a license agreement will be requested to verify the right to use the music. Copyright violations disqualify entrant.
  • The judges will review eligible submissions and select Grand Prize and Runners-Up Prize Winners.
  • Eligible Countries: US, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK, Australia, Germany, France, and the Netherlands (we’re working with our legal team to make future COLLECTIVE contests available in more countries).


Exclusive to you, .

You have been selected to apply for the Contributing Pro programme

We’re on the look out for our next cohort of Contributing Pros.

We believe you have the capability to create a velocity of Skills content and would like to invite you to earn rewards in the form of gear and project grants in exchange for their contributions to the community.

What are the benefits of being a Contributing Pro?

  • Be compensated for creating Skills content
  • Elevate your personal brand
  • Have your work exposed to a global audience
  • Receive free LaCie products to test and review
  • Gain exclusive access to Resident Pros
  • Get invited to exclusive meetups
  • Grab opportunities to work with LaCie and other brands on global marketing campaigns

We’re looking for creatives who can teach the community something interesting or share a unique perspective in an engaging way. If you feel like you have something valuable to say about the creative process and would like to be compensated for contributing to COLLECTIVE, please continue.

Refer a Creative Pro, .

Know someone that should be a part of COLLECTIVE?

COLLECTIVE is an exclusive creative community that supports and champions emerging creative talent like you—and your friends, colleagues, peers.

We’d love you to invite them.

Please note: Currently, COLLECTIVE is available to anyone residing in the United States, UK, France, Germany and Netherlands.

Our goal is for COLLECTIVE to be universally inclusive and we are working hard to add more countries as quickly as possible.

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Ready to submit your short film? Here's what you need to do!


Join COLLECTIVE, our community of passionate creatives, and unlock all its content and features for free, forever. Enter contests like PushPlay, learn new skills and explore outstanding creative work from peers across the globe.


Once you've signed up to COLLECTIVE, take a look at the PushPlay entry pack, it will give you the low-down on what it is exactly that our judges will be looking for from a winning entry.

Submit your short film

Don't forget to make sure your film has been uploaded to VIMEO and keep the link (URL) to hand. We watch every entry and will send you an email once your video has been approved. Best of luck!

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