Volume 14, Issue 5 - September-October 2010


Tint-Off and Conference to Return in 2011
Automotive Tinters Begin Prepfor September 2011 Event!

by Katie Hodge

When the upcoming International Window Film Conference and Tint-off slides into the “River City,” Memphis, Tenn., September 15-16, 2011, attendees and contestants can expect to experience more than just barbeque, Elvis, and a taste of the blues. The event, sponsored by Window Film magazine, brings the hands-on aspect of the industry right to you when the best of the best vie once again for bragging rights and the title of “World’s Best Tinter.” With 2011 right around the corner, mark your calendars now for the International Window Film Expo, Conference and Tint-Off, taking place as part of 2011 Auto Glass Week, which runs September 15-16, 2011. The Tint-Off is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Let the Games Begin
The Tint-Off will bring automotive window film tinters from across the country ready to compete for the winning title. This year the tint-off will solely focus on automotive tinting while architectural installers can expect to re-join the competition in upcoming years. Automotive tinters will compete against other tinters in a competition that will test their skills and their knowledge. Events such as this one acknowledge quality work and recognize those who excel at their craft.

For those unfamiliar with the event, judges score tinters in five different sections:
• Cleanliness of film;
• Cleanliness of vehicle;
• Light gaps and edge cuts;
• Quality of application; and
• Warranty card.

Judges will make deductions for different criteria that are not met to determine each contestant’s final score. There will be one preliminary round followed by the final round of competition and the announcement of the winner. The competition will be open for spectators who want to watch the action live and check out the talent.

Prizes will be awarded for the three finalists in the competition. First place will be awarded $7,500. Second place will walk away with $1,000 and third place will be awarded with $500.

Film Studies
Following competition day, seminars will be held Friday, September 16 from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. With a wide array of educational and hands-on involvement, the week will have opportunities for everyone to take something away from the event.

In addition, since the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off is happening in conjunction with 2011 Auto Glass Week, attendees will have access to a great selection of additional seminars and programs that will be sponsored by other groups taking part in the week’s events.

Home of the Blues
While one skilled tinter definitely won’t be singing the blues, there are plenty of sites to see for those feeling bluesy. Memphis, known for its exceptional barbeque, blues music and rock ‘n roll history, has plenty of things to do when the competition ends. Attendees can take a stroll down Beale Street, which honors many of Memphis’ most famous and influential musicians, to take in the sights and sounds of this famous stretch of restaurants, bars and stores. With close proximity to both shopping and the Mississippi River, visitors will have the option to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Graceland, the home of the legendary Elvis Presley, is just a short drive and almost anywhere you go in Memphis you can find traditional Memphis barbeque.

Other local attractions include the nearby National Civil Rights Museum, AutoZone Park and the FedEx Forum.

Shut-Eye in Memphis
The 2011 International Window Film Tint-Off will be taking place in the heart of Memphis at the Memphis Marriott Downtown and the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The hotel, which boasts the title of “largest hotel in Memphis,” has spectacular views of the skyline and the convenience of being just a few steps from the competition and seminars.

The 19-floor hotel and convention center are attached by a short skywalk and feature a fitness center, indoor pool, coffee shop and a UPS store for shipping needs. The hotel is located on the Memphis trolley line, which provides attendees with easy transportation to restaurants, shopping and other attractions.

Attendees can stay at the hotel for the low room rate of $99. Reserve your room by contacting the Memphis Marriott Downtown at 901/527-7300.

Stay Tuned
For those interested in being a part of the 2011 International Window Film Tint-Off contact Holly Biller at hbiller@glass.com or at 540/720-5584 x123.

Stayed tuned to Window Film magazine and windowfilmmag.com for more updates as the Tint-Off approaches.

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