A $53000 Online Video Contest! E-FISE 2020 – Our BMX

As you’ll read below, the people behind FISE have a long standing relationship with the city of Montpellier, France. With the current situation in the world, it’d be pretty easy for the FISE crew to say, “see you next year.” But instead, they’ve taken all the prize money (note that the actual prize purse is 47,000 euros, which equates to ~53,000 US dollars) from FISE Montpellier and rolled it into a rather monolithic (especially since it includes BMX, skate, wakeboard, scooter, and more) online video contest known as E-FISE. The online contest is a full go, so read an interview with FISE’s Sport Director, Johan Berthonneau, about the motivation and details behind E-FISE…and then start stacking clips.

Jose Torres. Photo: Zielinski

How many years have you guys been holding FISE Montpellier? 
The first ever FISE Montpellier was in 1997, so we’ve been hosting action sports events in the city for 23 years.

It may well have been easier to cancel the event and skip a year, what lead to the decision of E-FISE? Was it important for you guys to continue in the Montpellier tradition?
We could never imagine just cancelling the event, we knew we had to find a way to host an event of some kind. For us, FISE is a tool to share our passion and the values of our sports. It was impossible to run FISE Montpellier physically, so instead we decided to move it online. We’ve previously hosted some smaller video contests (Defise, 21seconds) which worked well, so we thought we could try and take that experience into an even bigger international online contest, and that’s how the E-FISE was born. We also wanted to find a way to keep sharing the Montpellier Prize Money for the riders.  Some guys really rely on contest money, so we thought it could be a good help for them to receive a bit of prize money, in order to continue to living their dreams. 

What classes and disciplines will be offered for BMX?
Three disciplines are open for BMX: Park, Street, and Flatland. In each discipline riders can choose between four classes: Pro Men, Pro Women, Amateur Men, and Amateur Women 

Who can enter, how, and when?
Everyone can enter for free. It’s really easy, riders just need to go on the E-FISE website and upload their video. The submissions dates are the following:
MONTPELLIER BMX FREESTYLE PARK CONTEST :  July 27 – August 4, 2020 – 23h59 GMT
BMX STREET CONTEST: August 13 – 21, 2020 23h59 GMT
BMX FLATLAND CONTEST : August 17 – 25, 2020 23h59 GMT

Ryan Nyquist. Photo: Zielinski

Why was it important for you guys to include an amateur class in each category?
It always been important for FISE to include amateurs in our competitions…even Junior or Veteran when we can make it happen. FISE is not only a pro comp or a TV program, it’s always been a Festival where everyone can express themselves, enjoy the awesome parks, live and share their passions. So we were committed to providing those same categories by gender and by level for E-FISE as well.

What’s the contest format?

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