ShortMotion has announced the first of eight amateur video contests to be carried out over the course of 2003. The contests are open to “anyone with a little creativity and consumer grade editing software such as iMovie.” Amateur producers may submit their short video (5 minutes or less) into one of six categories: Most Adorable, Best Pets, Most Creative, Funniest, Scariest and Best Drama. Winners of each contest will be awarded US$500. All contest entries will be made available to the general public for viewing in the coming weeks. A panel of five independent judges will narrow down all entries to a group of finalists. General public voting will commence on the week of February 10 to select the winner. A $25 entry fee is required for each submission.