10 years deep- the biggest, best, and most long-standing video talent search in skiing is back and better than ever!
The basic rules for this year’s contest are still the same- entrants are required to put together a 2-and-a-half minute long video showcasing their skills, talent, bag of tricks, style, and personality. No résumés, no still photos, no comp results- just pure unfiltered video action. Entries will be reviewed and judged by the Level 1 staff and our crew of athletes based on the above criteria and overall impression.
In early March we’ll be dropping the honorable mention edits online, followed shortly by 10 finalists.
Here’s the curveball-
We’re partnering up with our friends at Sun Valley Resort, Freeskier Mag, Monster Army, and a few others to REALLY take it to the next level. No pun intended. The top 10 finalists will be invited to a private week-long superpark shoot in April where they’ll be joined by previous Superunknown winners and a film crew from Level 1, on hand to document all the action. Web updates will be released throughout the week, and the best content will be logged for a feature segment in Level 1’s Fall ’13 feature film. At the end of the week finalists, previous Superunknown Winners, and the Level 1 crew will put in their vote for whoever they think killed it the hardest. The skier with the most votes will take home the official title, $5,000 cash, a contract from Monster Army, and an invite to join the Level 1 crew for film shoots throughout the rest of the filming schedule.
Superunknown was started in 2003 to help discover and expose the best unsponsored up and coming talent in the game, and give them a shot at making a name for themselves outside of the traditional competition scene.
The first contest of its kind, entrants were asked to submit a simple promo video showcasing their skills, talent, bag of tricks, style, and personality. No résumés, no still photos, no essay questions (answers on the official entry form are not judged and used for reference purposes only!)- just pure unfiltered video action. The most impressive skier each year took the title and was awarded a chance to film with Level 1 and given a foot in the door of the industry.
10 years deep, Superunknown is one of the biggest and best open video contests in action sports with over 100 entries coming in from top ams and the best undiscovered talent around the world.
Past Superunknown winners include:
About Monster Army
Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots, and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster we choose to support the scene and our athletes. What kid dreams about landing a 9 to 5 job? We all dreamed about being pro athletes, musicians and living the life. We know it takes encouragement and support to make that dream a reality, so we created the Monster Army to back the next generation pros, the future Ricky Carmichael, Danny Kass, Ryan Villapoto, Tom Wallisch, Scott Cranmer and Nyjah Huston’s. Monster Army is our athlete development program that supports up and coming athletes ages 13-21 in moto, bike, snow, skate and wake. To join, create your profile at www.monsterarmy.com and submit an application for athlete support. If you earn rank in the program, we provide varying levels of support to get you Monster Energy product, exposure and event bonuses through our Paid to Podium program to help you get to the most important events.
About Freeskier Magazine
Make no mistake: print is not dead. FREESKIER magazine continues to thrive, and continues to be our signature product. But our print magazines represent just one branch of a 21st century media company. At FREESKIER, we are positioned to flourish in a new media ecosystem by combining print, online, social and custom media to help our partners achieve their goals. The agility and forward-thinking company culture that established us as leaders in a skiing revolution will enable FREESKIER to stay ahead of the media curve for the next decade.
About Sun Valley
The history of the “American Shangri-La,” as Sun Valley is sometimes referred, is not too different from the magical village of legend. It all began in 1935, when Count Felix Schaffgotsch, under the hire of Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman, set out in search of the perfect spot for a grand American resort. Unlike the Shangri-La of legend, Sun Valley welcomes visitors back year after year. The tradition of beauty and service, “roughing it in style” as Harriman called it, has become the tradition for families across the globe. So, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a world champion as you carve your way down Bald Mountain. And just nod if you hear a familiar voice telling tall tales at the local watering hole. It’s all part of the magic and mystique that has made Sun Valley the American Shangri-La.
Other partners of the event: