It was about time that such a creative community like Vimeo had its own awards, here’s where most indie movies (animation, experimental, music vids….) have an on-line copy or a début and most animators, ad agencies & trendy directors have a page or a channel…
It was about time the most alternative video platform on the web started showing the creative power its users have… and there is no better way than rewarding these with some kind of recognition. Hopefully the Vimeo awards will become a referent in the industry and help all those unknown artist gain some recognition…
“The Vimeo Festival and Awards will be a celebration of the best original and creative video that has premiered online. Our goal is to reward the individual creators behind online video and acknowledge the internet as a quality medium of expression and distribution. And of course, we’re going to do it in style”.
A few artists like Chris Crutchfield, Malcom Sutherland or Nick Campbell have already produced some animated titles to promote the website which made them popular …
The details were just unveiled a few days ago and you can now submit your work until July 31st; which will cost you around 20$ or 5$ if you have a Vimeo pro account (alternatively you can nominate any video from ANY website, which is painless & free!!).
The main condition is that your video must have premiered on-line between June 2008 and July 2010 (rest here).
There are 9 main categories: Narrative, Remix, Original Series, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Motion Graphics, Experimental and obviously a Grand Prize for the very best video (which will be granted with $25.000 to produce a new work).
Sounds good huh?
Well some renown names of the independent & alternative video community have been selected for this occasion. The known judges so far go from the eclectic David Lynch (judge for Experimental), to Morgan Spurlock ( the one behind “Super Size Me”, therefore judge for Documentary). They’ll be selecting the best of the best in between August & early October after the submitting period ends.
But Vimeo thinks that a competition like this should be more than just submitting & earning cash prizes. That’s why during those 2 days several activities like screenings, conferences & workshops will take place. More info will be coming shortly. Stay tuned!!