Vimeo has opened submissions for the second Vimeo Festival + Awards, which celebrates the most creative and original videos online, as well as the individuals who make them. Winners can pick up $5,000 (around £3,200) in each of 13 categories, or $25,000 (£16,000) for the overall Grand Prize winner.
Categories range from animation and motion graphics to narrative and experimental. This year sees four new categories, described by Vimeo thus:
- Fashion: Fashion photographers are exploring creative filmmaking, blurring the line between fashion and art. Similarly, designers are able to bring to life the mood and inspiration behind their collections in greater detail and with more emotion than through still photos.
- Action Sports: As lightweight, durable, and wearable HD cameras have become more accessible, adventurers, athletes, and documentarians can go anywhere while filming it all.
- Advertising: Due to the high volume of content online, advertisers have been forced to become increasingly creative in order to reach audiences. As a result, many people now seek out commercial films as standalone entertainment.
- Lyrical: This category celebrates videos that showcase the natural world or personal experience using a dramatic creative style. With filmmaking techniques such as slow motion and time lapse now increasingly available, these videos provide thought-provoking and oftentimes heart-wrenching windows into other people's worlds.
Judges includer Stacy Peralta for Action Sports, David Droga for Advertising, Nick Knight for Fashion, and Phillip Bloom for Lyrical. Vimeo plans to release the full jury in January.
You need to entre before February 20, 2012, with entries costing $5 if you're a Vimeo Plus or Pro customer – or $20 if you're not. Entrants can submit any original work that was first shown anywhere online between July 31, 2010 and February 20, 2012 or any original work that has never been seen before.