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  1. B&H presents: Final Cut Pro for Beginners
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Giuseppe De Angelis
    For millions of video creators, Final Cut Pro is the go-to editing software. If you haven’t gone to it yet, it’s time to start the journey. Learn the fundamentals of FCP and hone your editing skills under the guidance of Giuseppe De Angelis.
  2. Digi Bootcamp - Featuring the Sloth Invasion!
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Ingrid Kopp
    • Lucy Cooke
    The Internet is changing everything. Shooting People’s Ingrid Kopp helps you navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape by examining case studies and the many funding, crowd-sourcing, production, marketing, audience-engagement, and distribution tools available to storytellers. Documentarian Lucy Cooke joins to recount how she went from not knowing what Twitter was to creating a viral sloth video that changed her life.
  3. Western Digital Presents: Lighting for Video
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Bruce Dorn
    Light is what enables you to see your subject, but do you know how to go beyond the obvious and use illumination to your advantage? Learn invaluable tips and tricks to improve the way you light and shoot with WD Creative Master and industry veteran Bruce Dorn.
  4. Keynote Address: the End of the Beginning With Dr. Reginald Watts
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Reggie Watts
    The illustrious Internetologist Dr. Reginald Watts returns to the Vimeo Festival + Awards to discuss his latest theories on the tubes, wires, and webs that connect us all. This weekend he addresses a key question: How do you know whether you’re at the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
  5. How to Make 3D Titles the Greyscalegorilla Way
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Nick Campbell
    Learn how to grab your audience’s attention from the get-go with 3D titles. Motion graphics guru and Greyscalegorilla founder Nick Campbell shows you the fundamentals of title design and takes you through the basics of the software program Cinema 4D. Don’t stress if you’re just a beginner—all the information will be presented simply, and you’ll have so much fun that you’ll be extruding NURBS in no time. Confused by the jargon, but still curious? Come enter the third dimension!
  6. The Self-Expression Tsunami
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Casey Neistat
    • Josh Safdie
    • Jeremy Boxer
    At what point does information about a person become a little too much information? 2010 Festival + Awards Honorary Award-winner Casey Neistat and Sundance winner Josh Safdie explore the growing number of ways in which people divulge seemingly everything about their lives online. Whether we think it’s too much or not enough, these personal sharing trends change the ways we understand our friends, family, and colleagues—and our own place in the world.
  7. The New Vimeo: Behind the Scenes With the Vimeo Developers
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Vimeo Developers
    We spent over a year creating the best Vimeo yet, and now we want to tell you how we did it (spoiler alert: a lot of smoke and a lot of mirrors). Our development squadron takes you on in-depth tour of the new site design and the technology that went into creating a Vimeo that’s easier to use, more fun, and even more respectful of the videos you create.
  8. Director Profiles: Steve James and Lucy Walker
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Lucy Walker
    • Steve James
    Who best to interview a master of interview techniques? Another interview master, obviously. In a very special event, documentarians and unparalleled question-askers Steve James and Lucy Walker take to the stage together to grill each other on their careers, their creative processes, and how they get their subjects to open up on camera.
  9. Proactive Storytelling Instead of Reactive Coverage
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Amina Moreau
    • Raymond Tsang
    When documenting an event, you need to learn to think ahead, but also adapt on the fly—it’s those split-second decisions that can truly forge your story and make your coverage stand out. Presented by stillmotion.
  10. Western Digital Presents: Digital Workflow
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Bruce Dorn
    One of the best parts of shooting on digital is the efficiency it affords—provided you know how to attain it. Join storage-industry pioneer Western Digital, and one of the world’s most influential photographers, WD Creative Master Bruce Dorn, as they share digital workflow secrets that will keep your production moving. This workshop also touches on the the importance of figuring out your backup solution before disaster strikes.
  11. Limited Editions in the Digital World
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Barbara London
    • Marco Brambiila
    The art experience has moved beyond the museum gallery to become a dialogue between people and the devices on their desks and in their pockets. How can digital and media artists be effective players in shaping this trend and distribute their art online without giving it all away? How does encountering art online affect its interpretation? Media artist Marco Bambrilla and MoMA curator Barbara London discuss the issues and opportunities that the digital world and the Internet offer artists.
  12. The Right Camera for the Right Job
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Philip Bloom
    We live in an era of abundant electronics—but it’s easy to suffer from analysis paralysis as you attempt to choose the right piece of gear. Do you do the research yourself or let an expert tell you what you need? Maybe a little bit of both, but here we’ll let the expert start the conversation. Learn the pros, cons, and compromises of popular cameras from director Philip Bloom.
  13. The Future of Creative Careers
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Scott Belsky
    The landscape of creative work is changing. Much of the friction that once inhibited independent careers has been removed, and the distance between idea and execution is smaller than ever. During this Q&A, featuring Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen, we will explore the ways in which our professional output is powered by the latest technology and shaped by the new ways in which we collaborate.
  14. Advertising Adapts: What’s a Brand to Do?
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Benjamin Palmer
    • Matt Murphy
    • Jordan McGarry
    There have been seismic shifts in the advertising industry since TV moved on- demand and audiences moved online. Viewers are increasingly sophisticated, and advertising has evolved in tandem, with brands delivering messages through clever content that viewers choose to watch and share. Barbarian Group CEO Benjamin Palmer, 72andSunny Creative Director Matt Murphy and Vimeo’s Senior Curator Jordan McGarry will try to identify the line between advertising and entertainment, and examine the consequences — both positive and negative — of erasing that line altogether.
  15. .tv presents: Creation to Curation: The Lifecycle of Content
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Casey Pugh
    • Cyrus Sutton
    • Jamie Wilkinson
    Where videos end up have a lot to do with where they start. Learn how well crafted, personality-filled content gets made and then plucked from the pack to be showcased for savvy audiences. Featuring filmmakers from Korduroy.tv and the founders of VHX.tv.
  16. Director Profiles: Daniels
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Daniels
    Two guys, one name, one singular vision. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert recently burst onto the scene with videos and commercials that turn chaos into humor and beauty. We ask them to sit still for a moment and tell us where they came from, what shaped their worldview, and why they refuse to be serious even for one second.
  17. Sound: the Other Half of Your Video
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Michael Coleman
    Learn how sound can help shape and give life to your videos at this special workshop by Michael Coleman, producer of the SoundWorks Collection series. Coleman profiles the sound industry’s best ears (and minds) to deliver invaluable insight on the often-overlooked role of audio in visual storytelling.
  18. The New Viral Video: From Keyboard Cat to Ideas Worth Spreading
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • June Cohen
    Videos with millions of views come in many flavors, but they have a common thread: they inspire us to share them with others. Viral videos have often provided decidedly ephemeral entertainment—think cats playing pianos and dogs riding skateboards. Yet TED is at the forefront of a burgeoning trend that puts ideas worth spreading high up on the list of things your friends and family simply have to watch. What makes users want to share a meaningful video? What drives success? With more than 750 million views to date, the TED case study illuminates some of the most important trends defining the new viral video.
  19. Don't Worry About Your Gear: Casey Neistat's Guide to Getting Started
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Casey Neistat
    Do you yearn to express your creative vision, but don’t have access to the latest and greatest gear? Don’t despair! Casey Neistat shows you how to capture the story you want to tell while maximizing the equipment at your immediate disposal. If you’re just getting into the world of video, this highly practical workshop is the perfect launchpad for your ideas.
  20. Going Pro
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Lana Kim
    • Nima Nourizadeh
    • Kevin Iwashina
    • Jordan McGarry
    So, you want to do this for a living, huh? The gap between serious amateur and budding professional can look quite large, so we’re bringing in some new and seasoned pros to share their perspectives on making the leap. Vimeo’s Senior Curator Jordan McGarry will talk with experts. Kevin Iwashina, a film, tv, and digital content producer and media advisor who spent 10 years working as an agent at CAA and Lana Kim, who represents directors such as Megaforce, Andy Bruntel, Romain Gavras, and Sofia Coppola. We’ll also get the scoop from director Nima Nourizadeh, who recently made the journey from creating low-budget music videos to directing Project X, his first feature in Hollywood.
  21. Failure FTW
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Ted Hope
    • Ed Burns
    Not succeeding plays a hugely important role in the creative process. This session features Ted Hope and Ed Burns discussing the importance of embracing failure in creative work, with postcards from their own personal dark days—jobs that went wrong, ideas that fizzled out, expectations decidedly unexceeded—and exploring how failing miserably is crucial to artistic achievement (and even finding happiness).
  22. DTS presents: Music Sound Design with Diego Stocco
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Diego Stocco
    Join Diego as he shares with you how soundtracks can be generated by playing unlikely sources. Whether it’s amplifying a tree or wringing harmonious noise from a trash can, this auditory-focused workshop will have you searching for soundwaves in new places.
  23. Director Profiles: Saman Keshavarz
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Saman Keshavarz
    Saman Keshavarz was born in Tehran, Iran, raised in the United States, and, according to the bio on his blog, his last known whereabouts were in Smurf Land. But the director, whose music videos for !!!, Cinnamon Chasers, and Deus have made him one of the field’s rising stars, will be right here at the Festival to take us through his journey so far — and let us know what lands he plans to explore next.
  24. World Premiere of 'Limbo,' the New Film by 2010 Grand Prize Winner Eliot Rausch
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Eliot Rausch
    • Jeremy Boxer
    At the 2010 Festival + Awards, Eliot Rausch took home top honors for his touching film “Last Minutes with Oden.” During this profile, Eliot will tell us how winning the Grand Prize changed his life and what he’s been up to since. The session includes the world premiere of Eliot’s new film, “Limbo,” which he made with his 2010 prize money, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the Limbo came to life.
  25. The Winners
    • Main Hall

    We started with 14,567 videos and ended up with 13 - our 2012 Vimeo Awards winners! These films showcase the breadth of brilliant work online, from the humorous to the heart-wrenching, and prove that our beloved Internet has become a place where high-quality, high-impact content can not only survive, but thrive. We can’t wait to show you these stunning works, and we can’t wait to see what their creators do next.
  26. WTF?
    • Root 3

    Sometimes a video makes us spit liquids all over our keyboards and speak strictly in Internet acronyms. This screening collects the most unexpected, eye-widening, LOL-inducing, and must-share-now videos from our pool of submissions. The diverse selections in this grab bag of greatness all have one thing in common: they’ll leave you awestruck - or wondering "What the f%#k?"
  27. Imaginary Worlds
    • Root 3

    Video is the perfect vehicle for traveling through alternate realities. These fantastic flights of animation and post-production sorcery have enabled their creators to capture their daydreams and take audiences on impossible journeys. The settings are only sometimes extraterrestrial, but the work is always out of this world.
  1. B&H presents: Adobe Premiere for Beginners
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Abba Shapiro
    Adobe Premiere is a powerful and increasingly popular editing program that integrates seamlessly with the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Learn the basics of this dynamic software from Adobe master trainer Abba Shapiro.
  2. Putting the Fun in Funding
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Adella Ladjevardi
    • Stephanie Pereira
    • Hosi Simon
    When it comes to obtaining a decent budget for your project, you are no longer reduced to groveling at the feet of rich friends. This session looks at three more dignified ways to find funding: through grant organizations, crowd-sourcing, and brands that want to catalyze great content. Kickstarter’s Art Program Director Stephanie Pereira, The Creators Project’s Global General Manager Hosi Simon, and Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager at funding body Cinereach, will tell us how they work, what they’re looking for in projects, and what you need to know when approaching them.
  3. Animation Creation Station, Audience Participation
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Sean Pecknold
    • Andy Bruntel
    • Kristen Lepore
    Come animate with Sean Pecknold and Kirsten Lepore, along with moderator Andy Bruntel. The trio will set up several animation “stations” and lead an audience-driven stop-motion demo that covers down-shooter, paper cut-out, clay, and pixilation techniques, as well as some general stop-motion tips. There also may be dancing.
  4. Building Your Audience
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Philip Bloom
    • Blake Whitman
    • Nick Campbell
    You’ve spent lots of time, energy, and money making your film, and once it’s done you want make sure it doesn’t end up like a wallflower at the online video party—you need to actively seek out watchers. Vimeo’s Blake Whitman, director Philip Bloom and designer Nick Campbell get down to some serious talk around how to grow and maintain an audience for your work.
  5. Vimeo Everywhere: Behind the Scenes With the Vimeo Developers
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Vimeo Developers
    Vimeo is not just for computers—it purrs like a pixelated kitten on smartphones, tables, and connected TVs of many kinds. We’ll tell you about the challenges and triumphs involved in making a gigantic website accessible on lots of different platforms all over the world.
  6. How Storytelling Makes Better Video
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Steve Stockman
    Before you think about gear and editing for a particular project, you should ask yourself what stories you want to share. Whether you’re shoot a simple birthday party or a complex multi-day event, you need to keep your audience in mind. A little planning can go a long way toward telling a tale that people love to follow. Presented by writer/director/producer Steve Stockman.
  7. One Day on Earth
    • Main Hall

    ONE DAY ON EARTH is a groundbreaking media project and growing international community of over 30,000 people that annually film in every country of the world during one day. ONE DAY ON EARTH has already completed its first feature film from over 3,000 hours of footage and is in production on the second.

    By collaborating with tens-of-thousands of participants, with the support of the United Nations and over 100 non-profit partners, we will continue to sent new benchmarks for global documentation. We are a conduit for filmmakers to connect directly with issues and the organizations working to make a positive difference on our planet.

    ONE DAY ON EARTH is more than a film, a shared archive, or web site. It’s a movement fueled by a truly international community that passionately participates and contributes to tell stories that educate and give perspective.

  8. Getty Images Presents: Taking Your Shots to Market
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Enrique Pacheco
    • Eileen O'Donnell
    • Daniel Hayek
    Creativity is its own reward, but getting paid for it is pretty nice, too. Join professional filmmaker Enrique Pacheco as he teaches you how you can make money from the footage you’re already taking, as well as how to go out and get video that people want to pay you for.
  9. From Citizen to Freelancer: The New Video-Journalism
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Lila King
    • Matthew O'Neill
    • Jon Alpert
    • Andrea Allen
    Technology is opening up the news industry. Now more than ever, media organizations are relying on citizen journalists to provide images from countries and situations that are hard to reach, and regularly involving the public in the daily process of news gathering. But what makes a good citizen journalist, and how do news outlets work with them to produce stories? And for those looking to join the professional ranks, what skills are needed to make it as a freelancer? This fascinating look at how technology is reshaping the news industry is filled with practical information and advice for emerging videojournalists and reporters from Lila King of CNN iReport and Matthew O’Neill and John Alpert of New York’s DCTV.
  10. 99 Secrets Every New Filmmaker Should Know with DANIELS
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Daniels
    Come learn the 99 irrefutably most important secrets to successful moviemaking in just one hour. The most educational 60 minutes you could possibly sit through is a mix of stories from inside the industry, illuminating anecdotes from the set, and key bits of wisdom that will improve your life. Plus, if there’s time, we’ll do group activities! Presented by industry giants Daniel and Daniel, who have been working professionals in the music video and commercial industries for about a year, or maybe technically a year and a half, but it’s hard to figure out when to start counting, so to be safe let’s say two years.
  11. Documentary Editing: Lucy Walker's Secret Rules
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Lucy Walker
    Documentaries are made in the edit room — find out how. Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero, Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) shares her secrets: the no-fail rules that can help documentarians realize the potential of the scariest morass of raw footage. Lucy covers practical tips on process, as well as lessons she’s learned the hard way, such as how to avoid boring your audience, how to make or break your film with B-roll, how to determine the perfect length for your doc, and what we can all learn from airport bestsellers.
  12. Vimeo Tips and Tricks
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Sam Morrill
    • Matt Schwarz
    Join members of our community team as they show you how to get the most out of your Vimeo experience. From gaining viewership to finding collaborators to harnessing all the available tools and features, the Vimeo team will reveal it all. Please note: High fives may be widely distributed.
  13. The Art of Getting Paid
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Brian Newman
    • Ryan Koo
    Yes, you create because you love doing it, but imagine loving doing it while being compensated appropriately—or even handsomely. Learn where the money is and how to get to it in this insightful look at the financial side of filmmaking through the eyes of fundraising expert and all-round maverick Brian Newman.
  14. The Science of Storytelling
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Jonathan Gottschall
    With high-quality camera equipment now widely accessible, almost anyone can shoot videos that look good. But pretty pictures get you only so far — the way to truly captivate viewers is by telling a story that grips from the get-go and hangs on well after the final frame. And while we can feel that stories are powerful, there’s science behind them, too. Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, draws on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and biology to argue that storytelling has evolved to ensure our species’ survival. With insight on the basic human impulses behind tragedies, comedies, and cliffhangers, this session is a must for anyone who wants to tell a story that hits audiences in the heart, the gut, and other important organs.
  15. Igniting the Imagination of Many
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Lance Weiler
    The democratization of tools used to reach people through video has disrupted the concept of “the audience.” But how does one take advantage of this disruption? People are no longer just passive viewers—they are their own media companies, watching on their own terms and publishing for the world to see. In this special workshop, storytelling pioneer Lance Weiler places you within an open design process, and together the room will go from an idea to a fully formed collaborative story in less than an hour, demonstrating ways to break with tradition, leverage new tools, and engage increasingly an selective viewership—those formerly known as the audience.
  16. Impossible Things on a Shoestring
    • Root 1

    Speakers

    • Josh Ruben
    • Vincent Peone
    What happens when unlimited ambition meets limited budgets? A lot, as it turns out. Listen in as Josh Ruben and Vincent Peone take us through their experiences as professional filmmakers who’ve made a name for themselves in the Internet video industry and beyond, all while using basic resources that most of us can access.
  17. One Day on Earth - Connecting the World Through Video
    • Root 2

    Speakers

    • Kyle Ruddick
    • Brandon Litman
    The Internet has enabled creators to call upon the world to act, uniting people and helping us work together on a global scale. This session shines a light on one of our favorite collaborative projects, One Day on Earth, and on how the group galvanized people all over the world to work together on a film that captures what happens on our planet in a single day.
  18. Director Profiles: Vincent Laforet
    • Sky Lounge

    Speakers

    • Vincent Laforet
    Vincent Laforet started by making a splash in the world of still photography, working for The New York Times at the tender age of 25 and winning a Pulitzer Prize. He’s since turned to moving images and maintained pace — he received Cannes Lions Awards for Canon’s “Beyond The Still,” and his recent short “Mobius” for the same camera brand immediately went viral. We’ll talk to Vincent about his accomplishments and learn how budding filmmakers can achieve big goals.
  19. Beyond the Screen: Notes from the Bleeding Edge of Filmmaking
    • Main Hall

    Speakers

    • Kenzo Digital
    • Lance Weiler
    • Loc Dao
    Executing big ideas can require big technology, and the most forward-looking filmmakers are inventing their own to bring groundbreaking concepts to life. From holographs to projection maps to apps that facilitate extraordinary levels of audience interaction, the topics of this conversation run the gamut: what’s hot now, what’s next, even what hasn’t been thought of yet. Participating are two of the industry’s leading innovators: Kenzo Digital, the new media heavyweight and creative director behind work for Nike, Beyonce, the Obama campaign, and Nam Jun Paik Studios; and Loc Dao, the award-winning executive producer and creative technologist for the National Film Board of Canada’s digital studio. Led by moderator Lance Weiler, the pair will discuss the technology they are most excited about, how new tools spark new ideas, and why telling a great story is still of paramount importance.
  20. Special Event: Miwa Matreyek Myth and Infrastructure
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Miwa Matreyek
    We are extremely excited to present Miwa Matreyek’s Myth and Infrastructure at the Festival this year. A magical blend of performance, animation, and projection, this multimedia experience will take you on a dreamlike journey with one of the most distinctive artists working today.
  21. The Winners (Repeat)
    • Root 1

    We started with 14,567 videos and ended up with 13 - our 2012 Vimeo Awards winners! These films showcase the breadth of brilliant work online, from the humorous to the heart-wrenching, and prove that our beloved Internet has become a place where high-quality, high-impact content can not only survive, but thrive. We can’t wait to show you these stunning works, and we can’t wait to see what their creators do next.
  22. Special Event: Miwa Matreyek Myth and Infrastructure
    • Root 3

    Speakers

    • Miwa Matreyek
    We are extremely excited to present Miwa Matreyek’s Myth and Infrastructure at the Festival this year. A magical blend of performance, animation, and projection, this multimedia experience will take you on a dreamlike journey with one of the most distinctive artists working today.
  23. Sonic Pixels
    • Root 3

    With so much watching to be done, it’s nice to let your ears guide you from time to time. Music is a rich source of inspiration for many creators, and while music videos often claim lead singer status, this screening brings together amazing audio-driven work from lots of categories. These films all had us leaning in for a closer listen.
  24. Seeing Stories
    • Root 1

    Pretty pictures get a lot of play in the video world, but what truly keeps us glued to our monitors are captivating stories. This collection of well-told tales shows that no matter how fancy your camera or how cool your effects, we gravitate toward convincing characters that have distinctive experiences: secret shared moments, day-to-day struggles, and spectacular successes.
  25. Festival Closing Party
    • Main Hall

    As a grand finale to the 2012 Festival + Awards, we’re celebrating in style. Held in the beautiful event space at Vimeo HQ, the closing night party features music from Motion Potion and DJ Spooky, an open bar provided by Heineken and Bombay Sapphire, and one of the world’s largest video walls. You don’t want to miss this!