If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney
Quality is a great business plan. -John Lasseter
Let's make some funny pictures. -Tex Avery
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. -Howard Zinn
When critics sit in judgment it is hard to tell where justice leaves off and vengeance begins. -Chuck Jones
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? -Jesus
A man should never neglect his family for business. -Walt Disney
What's most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. -Ralph Bakshi
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about. -Chuck Jones
Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. -Buddhist Proverb
For those events that animation fans appreciate.
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Hi Animation Nation!
Like a cheetah on roller skates, the Vimeo Festival + Awards are fast approaching, and we don’t want you to miss a thing — especially your chance to submit! The Festival + Awards celebrate the best original videos online, and we’re handing out $5,000 grants to category winners, plus a $25,000 grand prize. Here’s what you need to know right now:
These new judges will blow your mind
We’re flipping out over our newly announced Festival + Awards judges, including James Franco, Aziz Ansari, 2012 Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker, and Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. We’ll be unveiling this year’s host soon! See all the judges.
Meet the Judges
There's just one week left to submit
The deadline to submit your videos to the Festival + Awards is February 20, which means it’s (almost) your last chance to show us your best work in one or more of 13 categories. There are categories for everyone, and you don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to show us your stuff. Submit your videos now.
Celebrate with us in New York City
This year’s Vimeo Festival + Awards are happening in our hometown of NYC from June 7-9, and you can be there with us for all the glitz and pixels. Tickets will be available soon — we’ll let you know. In the meantime, see what happened last year.
For the latest on the Vimeo Festival + Awards, read our blog or follow @VimeoFestAwards on Twitter.
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The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are inching closer, preparing to shine infinite types of joy and gorgeous vibes into your life from June 7-9. We have lots to tell you about this one-of-a-kind celebration of video and creativity, so we’re going to do what any reasonable person would do: Break it down!
Voting is now open
You can help us choose the world’s best videos! Lay your peepers on shortlist selections in each category and tell us which ones you like best between now and April 30. Having opinions is cool. Please share yours.
Join us at the Awards show
We’re unveiling the winners on June 7 in NYC, and you can be there for all the glitz and pixels. You’ll even have the chance to hobnob with people who are famous on the Internet (and elsewhere). Tickets cost a measly $25. Buy some.
We announced Festival programming
This year’s Vimeo Festival is happening June 8-9, immediately following the Awards. It’s chockablock with conversations, workshops, and screenings — you really don't want to miss it. Check out the lineup and be sure to secure your tickets — Plus and PRO members get a special discount!
We now have more judges
Just when you thought the boldface name parade couldn’t get any longer, we’re pleased to tell you that acclaimed directors/producers Mike Figgis and Peter Greenaway are eyeing the Experimental category and pro surfer Alana Blanchard is surveying Action Sports. Meet all the judges.
Imagine a space shuttle countdown about to reach we have liftoff — that’s where we stand in relation to the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards! In less metaphorical terms, they are happening very, very soon: June 7-9 in New York City. The Awards show is already sold out, but you can still get involved in our weekend of wonder:
Come to the Vimeo Festival
Enjoy a quintessentially cultural weekend in NYC: Listen to inspirational speakers, learn all sorts of new filmmaking skills, and watch the world’s best videos with us. Tickets start at just $40, and we even have sweet discounts for Plus and PRO members.
For more info and the latest on the Vimeo Festival + Awards, read our blog or follow @VimeoFestAwards on Twitter.
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After months of planning, programming, video watching, talent wrangling, late-night take-out eating, and fervent finger-crossing, the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards really actually happened! We did it! Again! The Festival + Awards took place June 7-9 in New York City, and whether you attended or just want to live vicariously through those who did, here’s a look at how it all went down:
The Awards show was awesome
Featuring live performances by Reggie Watts and Beardyman, the 2012 Awards celebrated the world's best videos — and their creators — using a combination of insane technology, mind-melting musical numbers, and good old-fashioned human emotion. We presented 13 category awards, three honorary awards, and one whopping Grand Prize, which went to Everynone for "Symmetry."
Please please please watch all the winning films and get a slick recap of the night in our Awards highlights video.
The Festival brought us all together
The Vimeo Festival was one wild weekend of riveting conversations, skill-sharpening workshops, and screenings of our favorite videos. We had an amazing time hanging out with Vimeo aficionados from around the world, and we were continually reminded that what makes Vimeo special is (sincerity alert!) the people who use it. Check out some of our favorite Festival moments via videos we captured during the weekend:
Be awestruck by Dr. Reginald Watts’ brilliant keynote address.
Get emotional as 2010 Grand Prize winner Eliot Rausch premieres his new film, “LIMBO.”
Think about Internet memes as June Cohen predicts the future of viral videos.
Finally, we finished off the Festival by shaking our booties to beats from DJ Spooky and Motion Potion at the Closing Party. And we’ve got pictures to prove it.
For more updates, recaps, and unabashed nostalgia, surf your mouse over to the Festival + Awards site.
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