Vimeo Digital Film Festival issues last call for entries

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Monday, February 20th is the deadline to enter the 2012 Vimeo Festival and Awards.   There are 13 different categories filmmakers can compete in with prizes ranging from $5,000 grants for category winners and one $25,000 grand prize.

Categories include:   Advertising,  Action Sports,  Fashion,  Lyrical,  Narrative, Experimental,  Animation,  Captured,  Motion Graphics,  Music Video,  Series,  Documentary,   and Remix.

Additionally, Vimeo staff will give three honorary awards: “Digital Maverick,” an honorary award that recognizes pioneering spirit in the world of online video; “New Creator,” an award that recognizes outstanding achievement from a creator within the past 18 months; and “Social Change,” an award celebrating a film/campaign that has used the medium of film and the reach of the online community to raise awareness of an global, international, or local issue in an exceptionally creative, engaging way.

Here’s a brief rundown of the rules:

You must submit a video work that complies with the requirements by February 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Entries will be judged between February 21, 2012 and April 30, 2012.  Awards will be announced on or before June 7, 2012.

Entry Fee is U.S. $20.00 for the general public and U.S. $5.00 for Vimeo Plus subscribers or Vimeo PRO subscribers. However, due to state contest laws, entrants who are residents of Arizona, Maryland, North Dakota, and Vermont (as evidenced by the information you provide) will be refunded in full.  To enter the Contest online, you must be a member of Vimeo (to become a Vimeo member, you must register with Vimeo, which you may do at A Vimeo Plus or Vimeo PRO subscription is not required for participation in the Contest.

To submit your Submission, you must (1) log-in to your account on (the “Vimeo Website“) or via the Contest Webpage; (2) complete the entry form on the VFA Webpage; (3) upload your Submission (or select your Submission if it is already on the Vimeo Website); (4) pay the Entry Fee using an authorized payment method; and (5) confirm your agreement to these Official Rules.

When you submit your Submission online via a new upload, the Submission will be designated “public” and will be publicly viewable.  The video file that you submit must comply with Vimeo’s recommended compression and uploading guidelines, which can be found at

Vimeo makes the final determination as to which Submissions are eligible to take part in this Contest and be considered for a prize or award.

Each Submission must comply with the following rules:

  • It must be an original work by you.
  • It must have premiered online between July 31, 2010 and February 20, 2012 or has not premiered elsewhere at the time you submitted it.
  • It must be in the English language or have English subtitles.
  • It must fall into one of the “Categories” set above.
  • The Submission may not be an excerpt from a longer work (except in the Motion Graphics Category) so, sorry, no trailers allowed.
  • Any third party music must be PRE-CLEARED with owners/licensors of the music used.

Submissions must based upon an interesting concept, be innovative, well crafted, and create an emotional resonance.

Maximum length: 10 minutes (except Narrative, Experimental, Action and Animation – which are 20 minutes max).

The Submission may not contain obscene or pornographic material; contain threats to any entity, place, group, or world peace; or violate any applicable laws, and may not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights or infringe any third party’s privacy rights.

Additionally, by submitting  you grant Vimeo a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, publicly perform, display, reproduce, transmit, sublicense, and distribute in all media formats.  This free pass will last until April 30, 2014, but you may revoke the License at any time by providing Vimeo with written notice to  However, that if your Submission is selected as a Finalist before you provide such notice, the license shall become non-revocable.

For more information and details on awards rules, head on over to Vimeo’s Festival Page.

Thrush,” was last year’s winner for the Narrative category.

Hat Tip – Vince LaFloret Blog

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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