Born in 2004 via a small group of filmmakers who wanted a good, solid, professional platform from which to share videos, Vimeo is now home to more than ninety-million creators worldwide. And Vimeo is, indeed, a professional platform. It's clean, easily searchable, and for those wanting to get into filmmaking, they offer plenty of informative content in their video school section. Creators also have a good plan selection for their content and marketing needs.
As someone who enjoys short films and animation, I spend a lot of time on Vimeo throughout the year. But it's not just for the films themselves. I love to see filmmaking in action, whether it is animation, live-action, stop-motion, or other, more experimental works. Many creators putting content on Vimeo also show their work behind-the-scenes. And, to me, this is endlessly fascinating.
Vimeo has been highlighting some of the best videos on their site with their "Staff Pick" designation for some time now, but the Best of the Year awards started in 2016. And having viewed a good number of the nominees for this year, I can't wait to catch the broadcast of the Vimeo Festival & Awards on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from Murmrr in Brooklyn, NY.
This year, Vimeo introduced three new Best of the Year awards to recognize exceptional storytelling from businesses and brands, including Best Branded Content, Best Brand Story: Large Business, and Best Brand Story: Small Business, in addition to the seven core award categories: Best Action Sports, Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Experimental, and Best Travel. And there are ten nominees in each category.
All this year's nominated videos can be viewed here.
If you are wishing to attend this event, tickets for the Vimeo Festival and Awards are still available at $20-$40 (USD). To purchase, please visit here. For more information about Vimeo’s Best of the Year initiative and the Vimeo Festival and Awards event, be sure to visit vimeo.com/festival.