You might have notice our contest announcement yesterday regarding the Vimeo Festival+Awards—we’re giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the event for free, and all you have to do is submit a video with a tip for using Vimeo.  I though it might be a good idea to take a moment and expound a bit on the festival itself, because a lot of people aren’t aware of what an awesome event this is shaping up to be.

The Vimeo Festival is a two day event, held October 8 & 9 in New York City, consisting of talks and panels, workshops, screenings, and special events.  (Get information on venues and lodging here). The event is broken down into two themes, Innovation and Inspiration, one for each day.

According to their website: “The Vimeo Festival will bring the global creative community together and give attendees a rare opportunity to see, explore, and meet the people behind the profiles. Over the course of two days, we’re packing in as many talks, workshops, screenings, and special events covering the themes of Innovation and Inspiration.”

The Vimeo Festival

The Festival is the main event, and will be part celebration of Vimeo and online video, and part conference geared to hard-core learning.  Among the talks that are planned:

  • Reggie Watts, comedian and musician, will open the festival with his State of the Internet Address
  • Casey Pugh, creator of Star Wars Uncut, with a talk entitled Star Wars Uncut: The Force of Crowdsourcing
  • Lucy Walker & Morgan Spurlock (both successful documentary filmmakers) will lead a discussion called Documentary: The Agent of Change
  • Phillip Bloom, filmmaker and cameraman, will pair with Vincent Laforet, director and Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer, for a talk called DSLR Cinema – The New Dawn of Filmmaking

Film screenings will include:

  • Altered States – a collection of “wild and crazy” shorts
  • Imaginary Worlds – animated short films presented by Oscar winner Nicolas Schmerkin
  • Reel Stories – a grouping of documentaries containing intimate stories and artistic adventures
  • The Final Cut – a collection culled from the Awards nominees; “the most imaginative creative works that can be found online”
  • Once Upon A Time – a sampling of the very best narrative shorts

You want workshops?  How about these:

  • Digi Bootcamp – learn to harness the digital opportunities on the web to help improve your filmmaking – facilitated by Ingrid Kopp and James Mullighan
  • Final Cut Pro: Tips and Tricks – learn from industry experts on utilizing the awesome power of Final Cut Pro – facilitated by Abba Shapiro
  • Vimeo: Tips and Tricks – an insider’s look at getting the most out of your Vimeo experience – facilitated by Vimeo’s Andrea Allen and Daniel Hayek
  • Animate a Title Sequence With After Effects – a how-to session on utilizing the After Effects software to build eye-popping titles for your film – facilitated by Nick Campbell
  • Using Kickstarter to Fund from the Crowd – a discussion on bringing your project to life with the help of the community – facilitated by Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler

And don’t forget the special events, like these:

  • Amstel Beer Garden – open all throughout the festival, the Amstel Beer Garden will “be like a little Octoberfest right here in NYC!”
  • Food Trucks – some of the best gourmet food trucks, parked outside the event headquarters on both days, to satisfy your hunger.
  • Video Waterfall – join other attendees as we shoot for the official “World’s Largest Video Waterfall,” with the help of the Universal Record Database.
  • Mind-Blowing Outdoor Video Show – as the name implies, this special event near the festival’s end will boggle the mind and dazzle the eyes with projection mapping from Seeper.

The events almost sound like reason to attend on their own–particularly the video waterfall, which is very intriguing to me.

The Vimeo Awards

The capper to the whole Festival will be the Vimeo Awards.  The Awards are not included in the Festival ticket cost, because it’s intended to be a more intimate and low-key affair—but festival attendees will be given first shot at the limited tickets for the Awards ceremony.

Categories include:

  • Narrative
  • Remix
  • Original Series
  • Documentary
  • Music Video
  • Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Experimental
  • Captured

You can view a full list of nominees here.

Who’s deciding on all these awards?  Well, a prestigious panel of judges, including:

By this point, I would assume you’ve been convinced that this will be a killer event for online filmmakers—especially considering the relatively cheap $100 Festival Pass (only $90 for students).  Of course, it’s even cheaper than that if you enter and win one of our four pairs of free tickets.

We’re Giving Away FREE Tickets

To enter our drawing, all you have to do is to answer a simple question within the comments area below:

  1. Give us your tip – Give us your best tip for using Vimeo.  That’s the only guideline.  Be as creative as you can be.  Preference given to video submissions uploaded to Vimeo
  2. Notify us of your entry in either comments area below with a link to your video by September 30th 5:00PM Pacific (next Tuesday).

And that’s it.  We’ll choose the best four videos from all those submitted, and we’ll announce the winner Friday, October 1st right here on the site.

*By submitting a video to this contest, you grant ReelSEO the right to use said video in future articles or promotions. Additionally, our giveaway does not include travel and/or accommodations to New York. You will have to book those separately and on your own.

For more information about the festival, go here.  To order tickets, go here.  Act fast, as time is running out.  We hope to see you there!