You've got opinions, right? Because at this moment, we really want to hear them. We just unfurled the shortlists for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards, and public voting is officially open! We kindly exhort you to watch a gaggle of great videos and help us figure out which are the greatest.

It's ridiculously easy:

1. Go to the voting page >

2. Select a category that entices you

3. Watch all the videos in that category

4. Vote for the one that moves you most

You can vote once per day per category between now and April 30, so if there are videos you especially adore, give 'em lots of votes! And don't forget to share your voting activity on Facebook, Twitter, etc. - that's how people find out about cool stuff these days.

Each category will be judged by industry experts, the 2010 winner in that category, and of course you. And speaking of judges, we've got more incredible ones on board: acclaimed directors/producers/artistic geniuses Mike Figgis and Peter Greenaway are evaluating the Experimental category; free-spirited filmmaker Casey Neistat has his sights set on Narrative; and pro surfer Alana Blanchard is assessing Action Sports.

Finally, we'd never forgive ourselves if we didn't tell you that tickets for the Vimeo Festival + Awards are now available. Our sorta-annual shindig takes place June 7-9 in NYC, and you can be there for the unveiling of the world's best videos, plus get involved in our manifold conversations, workshops, and screenings. It's one part film festival, one part tech meetup, one part educational conference, and one part flying trapeze act. We hope to see you there! Get tix >

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35 Comments

The Film Artist

The Film Artist Plus

Awesome selection! How about a 'mobile' film category for next year :)

Bart van der Gaag

Bart van der Gaag Plus

You actually get to vote, and a politician doesn't win. This is beyond awesome!

Roj Jayaphorn

Roj Jayaphorn Plus

Saw the vote page, great selections!
but.. just wanted to point out that the all the videos shows a black screen when I tried to play them. (is it just me?)

Bryan Bobo

Bryan Bobo

I have this same issue? Im on a mac if it makes a difference

Christopher Francis

Christopher Francis Plus

i'm having the same issue, took me about 45 seconds before i realized this wasn't an artistic choice by the filmmaker, ha.

GoCiP

GoCiP

this is really a great opportunity and i am actually quite excited about it. all the selected movies look awesome by the way... :)

the only disappointment that i have is that there is a movie "Inti-Nan" by "BabaBC", and that's simply one of the best movies i came across on Vimeo, but the i didn't see it under any category. can someone please explain that what was the criteria that this movie couldn't meet to get selected in any of the category OR can anyone tell me that why isn't there ??

it's just that i am a little curious about the matter because the movie is such an awesome effort, u cn see it yourself on the following link:
vimeo.com/39140289

The Film Artist

The Film Artist Plus

Great film but the deadline for submission had already passed on the 20th Feb and this was submitted just 3 weeks back, maybe next year :)

RMDD

RMDD Plus

Would love to vote, but I get black screen too.

Bart van der Gaag

Bart van der Gaag Plus

It seems not to work on Safari 5.1.5 on Mac. It does work on Firefox. PC, no problems. So it's a Safari issue!

Jared Wright

Jared Wright

Is there an explanation somewhere close by of the complicated algorithm used to calculate how user votes and judges' judgments combine to make a video a winner?

Stephen Niebauer

Stephen Niebauer Staff

Sure! This is from vimeo.com/awards/rules:

"Each group of Semi Finalist Submissions for a particular Category will be judged by an expert panel of judges selected by Vimeo (a "Jury"). Each Jury member will assign a single score to each Semi Finalist Submission based upon the Category Considerations and the Overall Considerations. The top four (4) Semi Finalist Submissions for each Category will be deemed "Finalists." The Jury members will discuss the Finalists to determine which Finalist will be the winner of the Category. In doing so, the Jury may consider community voting and commentary on the Finalists, which shall be provided to the Jury by Vimeo. Each winning Finalist will be deemed a "Category Winner" and will be awarded a Category award (each, a "Category Prize")."

Damian Martorana

Damian Martorana Plus

I added a video to the advertising category, and I do not see it. This is my first time entering a video contest. Can you help me as to what happened to my video, please. Did I submit correctly? Just want to learn and better myself. Thank you.

Stephen Niebauer

Stephen Niebauer Staff

Hi Damian,

You did indeed submit correctly! Your video was entered in the Awards and given a proper viewing. With over 14.5k entries, we cannot give individual feedback for each one. Sorry about this. What you see on the vimeo.com/awards/voting page is the shortlist.

Damian Martorana

Damian Martorana Plus

so, I assume that since I have not heard from "vimeo", means I have not been selected. Sure wish I could get some feedback about the video I submitted.

Joseph Arnone

Joseph Arnone Plus

Great...we'll look into it and vote, very glad you are doing this festival!

Leone

Leone

Ok! No problem!

Giacomo Sardelli

Giacomo Sardelli

I've just taken a look at the video lists, I'm scheduling a session to sit back, watch all the videos on the TV screen and vote my favourites in the Narrative section. I'm sure it will be hard to choose the best among those great works.
Too bad I learnt about this festival when submissions deadline had already passed, I finished my first short movie on March and it would have been great to get at least a feedback. It will be for the next time!
Congratulations to everyone who made it to the finals of the Vimeo Awards!

For those who want to watch my short movie, The Ambulance, it is found here: vimeo.com/giacomosardelli/theambulance

Tal Peled

Tal Peled

very glad to vote , this festival idea is great
browsing through millions of video can sometimes be frustrating , this shows a good selection of amazing videos by vimeo users , very good idea

Baron Craig

Baron Craig

this is really a great opportunity and i am actually quite excited about it. all the selected movies look awesome by the way... :)

the only disappointment that i have is that there is a movie "Inti-Nan" by "BabaBC", and that's simply one of the best movies i came across on Vimeo, but the i didn't see it under any category. can someone please explain that what was the criteria that this movie couldn't meet to get selected in any of the category OR can anyone tell me that why isn't there ??

it's just that i am a little curious about the matter because the movie is such an awesome effort, u cn see it yourself on the following link:
vimeo.com/39140289 human-growth-hormone-hgh.net/ ?

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