Road Trip Movie Watching Contest - Win $1000 | EmpireCovers

Road Trip Movie Watching Contest - Win $1000 | EmpireCovers

Winner Update
Empire Covers is pleased to announce that Jason Barnette has been selected as the winner of our Road Trip Movie Binge Watch contest!

We received almost 300 entries from around the country and truly enjoyed reading through each and every one of them. It was extremely fun to read so many different opinions on what makes the best road trip movie. The personal stories of memorable real-life road-trips were, at times, hilarious, moving, and heartfelt. 

Choosing a winner wasn’t easy, but eventually, Jason’s writing ability, experience as a veteran binge-watcher, and extreme knowledge of the subject matter won us over (to say nothing of his very unique pick of Cannonball Run 2 as his favorite road trip movie). Jason is actually a travel writer and photographer, and runs his own website called Road Trips And Coffee, making him a true expert when it comes to road trips. To add to his credentials for this role, he even attended film school in the past, making him uniquely qualified to comment on both the road trip aspect of these movies as well as the filmmaking! 

We want to express our gratitude to everyone that entered this contest and reiterate just how much fun our team had reading about everyone’s favorite road trip movies and memories, as well as the reasons we should pick them as our winner. The shared love of the genre came through from entry after entry, making the final selection incredibly difficult.  

Eventually, we did get it whittled down to a winner and would like to congratulate Jason once more on winning the grand prize. We can’t wait to see your full report once the binge watch has been completed! 


Road trips and long drives are things that almost everyone can relate to. Whether as a passenger, a driver, or both, many people have hopped in a car or RV and set out on the open road for a long journey at some point or another. One of the most common reasons for embarking on a road trip, of course, is visiting family. With the holidays upon us, people are starting to once again plan their own road trips home to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Of course, road trips have also served as plot devices for many classic films, such as Vacation, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Dumb and Dumber, and more. Here at Empire Covers we are big movie fans, and our affinity for the cars and RVs that people use on road trips should be apparent. To help get in the spirit of the holidays and the road trips they bring, we want to run a contest to find the perfect person to binge-watch some of the most classic road trip movies of all time and help us analyze the themes, lines, and plot points that have made them classics, with the chosen candidate receiving a $1000 cash prize for helping us out!  

Who We’re Looking For

We’re looking for someone who is a big fan of movies and road trips, and that’s it! We want to hear from anyone that loves movies and can’t resist a good binge-watch, whether that is at home or in the backseat of a car during a road trip of your own. 

The ideal applicant will have:

A love for movies
A fun and engaging writing style
Strong attention to detail – nothing gets past you! 
The ability and availability to binge-watch at least 8 full-length road trip movies from a pre-selected list
Additionally, applicants must be 18 years or older and a US citizen or permanent resident to apply. 

What You’ll Need to Do

Watch at least eight movies from this list: 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Dumb and Dumber
Little Miss Sunshine
Mad Max: Fury Road
Blues Brothers
Almost Famous
Thelma and Louise
Cannonball Run
Rain Man
Midnight Run
Easy Rider
Smokey and the Bandit
Green Book
It Happened One Night

You’ll receive a separate digital worksheet to complete for each movie as you watch. You’ll also be asked to chronicle your binge-watching journey on Facebook and Twitter. All movies will need to be watched and all worksheets will need to be completed by December 31, 2020. 

What You’ll Get

The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize provided by Empire Covers. 

How to Apply

Fill out the application below and tell us why you’re the perfect person for this job. Applicants’ level of enthusiasm for movies and road trips (both real-life and on film) will be a strong factor for consideration, so provide what you need to demonstrate how and why you love either or both of those things. The application will close at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 15, so apply before then to be considered. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. We’ll select and notify the winner by Friday, December 18. 

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