Congratulations to the 2010 Vimeo Award Winners!

The Vimeo Festival + Awards this past weekend in NYC were a great time, with all sorts of panels, networking, and partying going on (I assume much of this will make it online at some point -- it is Vimeo we're talking about, after all). I met a lot of fellow filmmakers (and gave away some free passes too) and expect that the festival will be a staple of the NYC filmmaking community for years to come. As part of the festival, the Vimeo Awards were announced, and the winner of the first annual $25,000 Vimeo Grant is Last Minutes with ODEN, an emotional short about a dog's battle with cancer, directed by Phos Pictures and shot on a Canon 7D:

The song in the video is Bon Iver's atmospheric Brackett, WI off of last year's terrific Indie Rock compilation Dark Was The Night.

All in all the award-winners are a great representation of something Bruce Sterling said in his closing keynote: Vimeo is the Dick Van Dyke show to YouTube's I Love Lucy. As Bruce clarified for an audience too young to remember either, the former is for smart people and the latter is for -- his words, not mine -- morons. Check out the best narrative winner, Thrush:

The complete list of winners, congratulations to all:

Finally, if you're wondering what the festival was like, here's a nice recap of day one from the Vimeo-ers themselves:

All in all it felt less like a traditional film festival and more like... I don't know, the future? Exhibit A of that was Seeper's scene-mapped projection on the IAC building, where the festival took place:

[via Filmmaker Magazine]

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Note of caution for pet owners: DO NOT watch Oden if you're sensitive! I shed a tear (or ten).

October 12, 2010 at 3:52PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I was expecting the third and the seventh to get the cgi award; I'll have to watch that triangle video when I get home...

October 13, 2010 at 3:01AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I already saw it.
I prefer The Third And The Seventh, by a very, very, very wide margin.

Just like most other people, actually: triangle has 3K likes, even after the award, while 3+7th has 22K.

On the other hand, Thrush is quite good; I hadn't seen it; it only has 337 likes...

October 13, 2010 at 9:54AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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November 4, 2010 at 10:55AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM