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RE/MAX Results.net City & Neighborhood Film Festival

For the second year in a row, RE/MAX Results is hosting its Results.net Film Festival, a contest in which amateur film-makers and video enthusiasts can creatively highlight their community.

RE/MAX Results wants to know what you like about your city or neighborhood. What makes it great? What makes it tick? Show us the heart and feel of your city or neighborhood. Use comedy, drama, documentary or whatever format you desire, but the very most important thing - be creative!

To enter the contest, submit a video using one of the three methods described in the Rules and Regulations. The length of the film must be less than three minutes. Entries that are derogatory towards another community, any company or business or any person, group of people, race or religion will be immediately disqualified. Entries are being accepted through October 31st, 2011.

The RE/MAX Results judges will review all entries. There will be five judges that will select the winners of the top five entries as well as some honorable mentions. An awards ceremony will be held in November, with an exact date and time yet to be determined.

Each of the top three selected videos will receive a beautiful Results.net City and Neighborhood Film Festival award, plus the following cash prizes:

  • First place video: $1,000.00
  • Second place video: $750.00
  • Third place video: $500.00

Minneapolis resident Danny Chamberlain's video won the Results.net Film Festival Grand Prize of $2,000 last year for his "Minneapolis - City of Lakes" film contribution, which you can view below. Visit the RE/MAX Results Film Festival website to see second and third place winners from 2010.

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Circle Pines: A Perfect Suburb

The Minnesota community of Circle Pines has been named the third-most "Perfect Suburb" in the country by CNBC.

Analysts at Location Inc. based their rankings on affordable housing, good schools and employment, low crime, and reasonable commutes. They chose the 10 metropolitan areas with the lowest unemployment rates and then factored in the other variables. At the top was Edmond, Okla., followed by Kensington, Md., in second. No other Minnesota cities made the list.

With 5,407 residents, Circle Pines is one of the smallest cities on the list, but it boasted some high marks:

Suburb of: Minneapolis – St. Paul
Metro area unemployment rate: 6.5%
Median house value: $203,954
Safer from crime than this percent of all U.S. communities: 55%

Circle Pines is a small city with a population of 5,407 — and more people working in computers and math than 95% of the U.S. It has better public schools than 90% of all U.S. communities, and its public schools are better than 95% of schools in the rest of the state. A minority of Circle Pines’ populace holds a four-year degree (31.5%), but the vast majority are homeowners (92.6%).

More analysis of the suburb is found on the Circle Pines Neighborhood Scout profile.

"You always think your community is a special place. It's nice to have that verified by someone," Mayor Dave Bartholomay said.

To see the entire list, visit the 10 Perfect Suburbs slideshow.

Want to live in the perfect Minnesota suburb? Check out Circle Pines MN Real Estate.

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