Online video site Vimeo (s IACI) is formally accepting submissions for its first annual festival and awards program, which seeks to identify the most innovative videos on the web. The festival, which will take place over two days in October, will have a number of screenings, installations and panel discussions on the state of web video.
The announcement of Vimeo’s festival comes as the site is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to Vimeo general manager Dae Mellencamp, the site’s traffic has increased from about 14 million unique users per month at the beginning of the year to more than 26 million uniques today. At a Vimeo-sponsored event last night, Mellencamp said, “This awards program is our way of supporting that growth and to empower and inspire those that create video for the web.”
Vimeo is accepting submissions for a number of different video categories, including Narrative, Remix, Original Series, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Motion Graphics, Experimental and Captured. To judge the submissions, Vimeo has assembled an impressive panel of judges, including David Lynch, DJ Spooky, Lucy Walker and Morgan Spurlock. The winner of the Best Video Award across all its categories will receive a $25,000 grant, which will go toward the production of new web video work.
Submissions for the awards program began yesterday, and are open to all web video, not just those that have already been uploaded to Vimeo. According to Blake Whitman, Vimeo had received more than 50 entries in the first few hours of submissions being open to the public. Interested web video producers can enter their own videos here.
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