ADDING MULTIMEDIA “We Love Colorado” Video Contest Winners Announced

Don-John Kullish’s short film “Colorado: the Musical” takes first place and is featured on the State’s official website, Colorado.gov

DENVER--()--Colorado.gov today announced the winners of its “We Love Colorado” Video Contest after reviewing more than 20 videos submitted by Colorado enthusiasts from all over the country.

The first place winner, “Colorado: the Musical”, produced by Colorado resident Don-John Kullish, will be featured on the homepage of Colorado.gov until August 15 and receive a cash prize of $1,500 from the contest sponsor, the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA).

“I was very surprised to have my video selected by Colorado.gov,” said Don-John Kullish. “When I first heard about this contest, I decided to be “over the top” with it… and I guess the judges liked it!”

Mr. Kullish is a freelance filmmaker and Web designer that moved to Colorado from the East coast three years ago. Don-John’s winning video features fellow actor Jenny Karp and showcases Colorado in three minutes using a comical “Broadway show” style presentation and original song.

“’Colorado: the Musical’ really captured the spirit of this contest, which is to show in a creative way why Colorado is such a great place. I was looking for a fun and entertaining video that made me stop and take notice. I enjoyed this short film from beginning to end,” said contest judge and Colorado Film Commissioner, Donald Zuckerman.

The video contest is part of a larger effort to introduce more citizens to Colorado.gov, which now features a brand new design.

“The response to this contest by the community exceeded all our expectations,” said SIPA Executive Director John Conley, “We want to thank everyone who took the time to submit a video or cast a vote for the best video.”

Second and third placed went to Colorado natives Matthew Blake and Chris Lacy. All three winning videos can be viewed on the State’s official website, Colorado.gov.

About SIPA

The Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) was created in 2004 by an act of the Colorado State Legislature to provide efficient and effective e-Governmnet services for eligible governmental entities and citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology solutions. Eligible governmental entities include state and local governments, school districts and other eligible entities within the State of Colorado. SIPA serves as the oversight body of the Colorado.gov portal. Colorado.gov is the gateway to Colorado government and it is intended to be Colorado’s single most comprehensive delivery channel for e-Government services

About Colorado.gov

Colorado.gov is the official website of the State of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. Colorado.gov helps state and local government entities Web-enable their services and is operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Colorado Interactive, LLC. Colorado Interactive builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

NIC is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. Our popular self-funded solution allows government to put in-demand services online without using taxpayer funds. The NIC family of companies currently provides eGovernment solutions to more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies across the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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Contacts

Colorado.gov - SIPA
John Conley, 303-866-3992
john@cosipa.gov
or
Colorado Film Commission
Donald Zuckerman, 303-534-3468
fsargeson@www.colorado.gov

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Don-John Kullish wins first place in the "Why I Love Colorado" Video Contest with his "Colorado: The Musical" short film. (Video: Business Wire)

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The State of Colorado named Don-John Kullish as the first place winner of its "Why I Love Colorado" Video Contest. The contest helped raise awareness of the state's new website, colorado.gov.

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Contacts

Colorado.gov - SIPA
John Conley, 303-866-3992
john@cosipa.gov
or
Colorado Film Commission
Donald Zuckerman, 303-534-3468
fsargeson@www.colorado.gov