This past weekend in New York City, on the same days that self-proclaimed freaks and geeks gathered 10 blocks north for the annual NY Comic Con, freaks and geeks of another ilk gathered at the beautiful IAC building for the first annual Vimeo Festival and Awards. And it was a brilliant affair.
Highlights included workshops and discussions with the leading directors, documentarians, and artists working on the most advanced technology, all set against the backdrop of internet distribution through Vimeo.
What makes Vimeo so special?
Vimeo is a clean, simple, and elegant interface for online videos with no clutter, advertisements, or other pre-roll content which affects the integrity of its videos.
Vimeo has successfully built a community of users who are mature, professional, and supportive of the other filmmakers and artists on the site.
In addition to countless channels and categories, Vimeo curates 2 channels of staff picks, culling the best, most original and creative work from the masses regardless of their popularity.
So, when it comes to popularity, is Vimeo still YouTube's little brother? Maybe. But aren't they always the cutest ones anyway?
Welcome to the future of filmmaking and online distribution.
I owe many thanks to:
Vimeo.com (in particular Deborah Szajngarten, Dae Mellencamp, Jeremy Boxer) for a professionally run, content-driven, and delightfully presented conference and award ceremony.
Dr. Reggie Watts (field of research unknown) for an awe-inspiring keynote and welcome presentation.
Directors Vincent Laforet & Philip Bloom