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July 19 at 8:15am

The Digital Recession, Pt 3: The Dreamer’s Disease

By Jim Cummings

This is part three of a four part post.  Part One.  Part Two: The Problem With Piracy.

Many of our peers seem to have rifts in their thinking about the digital revolution, that our future is uncertain, but that considering the negatives might distract from the steadfast pursuit of our work and thus lessen our chances of success. Does considering the reality of our own deaths prevent us from pursuing our lives or living them to the fullest? Of course not, so let’s stop deceiving ourselves that the death of the industry is not a real problem that deserves real answers. [...]


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April 23 at 8:30am

Creating Value in Free Film

by ornana films

Over three years ago we started having conversations delving into the story that ended up on screen at South by Southwest in March and is now on Vimeo in full, for free. Between those points, we spent thousands of hours working through this story to turn it in to a film. However, I think the more interesting part is not what we did, but what we didn’t do. [...]


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January 17 at 6:00pm

SF Film Society (& 5 Others) Partner With Sundance #Artist Services

Sundance Institute Artist Services Program Expands Self-Distribution Opportunities
to Filmmakers Supported by Six Additional Organizations

The Bertha Foundation │ BRITDOC │ Cinereach │ Film Independent Independent Filmmaker Project │ San Francisco Film Society

Artist Services Announces Collaboration with REELHOUSE, VHX, VIMEO and TUGG, Offering Filmmakers Additional Platforms and Tools

Los Angeles, CA — Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, today announced that the Institute’s Artist Services program – which provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work – has expanded to include selected films supported by one foundation and five nonprofit organizations. Additionally, these organizations will join with Sundance Institute in continuing to shape the program and the services it offers. [...]


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June 21 at 8:15am

“7 Reasons To Release Your Film For Free”

guest post by Todd Sklar

A few weeks ago, my good friend Dean Peterson emailed me about releasing his film Incredibly Small for free on the internet. In full disclosure; he was emailing me not because I know a great deal about releasing movies on the interner (I don’t), but because I was a producer on the film, and had been assisting with the film’s release over the past year.

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April 25 at 8:30am

2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards Announces Tickets, Judges & Schedule

2012 VIMEO FESTIVAL + AWARDS PROGRAM GATHERS THE GREATS TO EXPLORE WHAT’S NEXT FOR CREATIVE VIDEO

Tickets Now Available; Awards Voting Open To The Public;
Complete List of Judges Released, Including Peter Greenaway, Mike Figgis, Casey Neistat And Alana Blanchard
Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], today announced its program for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards, featuring conversations with industry leaders; educational workshops for beginners, enthusiasts, and professionals; and a wide range of video screenings. Vimeo also released the complete list of Awards judges and opened up shortlist voting to the public.
“There has never been a better time to be creator,” said Jeremy Boxer, Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards. “The Internet has created a leveled playing field, so that now everyone can fundraise, shoot, edit, and distribute their projects. What’s next for online video? Well, that’s what we will be exploring at this year’s festival with the help of our awesome speakers. We have designed the festival to have something for everyone from any level of experience. Now that the barrier to entry has come crashing down perhaps we can find new creators with ideas yet to be seen and encourage so many others to start using their imagination so they too can start to create.”
The Vimeo Festival + Awards will take place on June 7-9, 2012, in New York City at the Vimeo HQ and surrounding area. Film and video luminaries such as Mike Figgis, Ted Hope, Kyle Cooper, and Lucy Walker, will gather to address critical themes such as storytelling, creativity, building an audience and fundraising. Vimeo will host screenings of the winning videos and premiere work including Limbo, a new film by 2010 Grand Prize Winner Eliot Rausch, made using grant money from his award.
Festival highlights include:
Attendees can participate in a variety of workshops that cater to all ability levels — including:
·         Animation Creation Station, Audience Participation with Andy Bruntel, Sean Pecknold and Kirsten Lepore;
·         Beginning for Beginners with Vimeo’s Dan Hayek;
·         Digi Bootcamp – Featuring The Sloth Invasion! with Lucy Cooke and Shooting People’s Ingrid Kopp;
·         Impossible Things On A Shoestring with Josh Ruben and Vincent Peone;
·         Proactive Storytelling Instead Of Reactive Coverage with Stillmotion;
·         The Right Camera for the Right Job with Philip Bloom;
·         Sound: The Other Half Of Your Video with Michael Coleman;
·         The Self-Expression Tsunami with Casey Neistat;
·         Vimeo Tips & Tricks;
·         Vimeo Developer Workshops; and many more.
The event will kick off with the Vimeo Awards show, held on June 7 at NYU Skirball Center, where Vimeo will recognize the best videos online by revealing the 2012 winners. The show will combine innovative projection, staging, sound, and sensory-reactive technologies with live performances and special surprises.
Attendees of the Vimeo Festival can choose from a two-day ticket package (including access to Closing Night Party) for $60, a one-day package for $40, or a screening pass for $20. A limited number of tickets to the Awards show are available for $25 each atvimeo.com/awards/tickets.
Newly announced judges for the 2012 Vimeo Awards include professional surfer Alana Blanchard in the Action Sports category, acclaimed directors/producers Mike FiggisPeter Greenaway in Experimental, and Casey Neistat in Narrative. See the complete list of judges atvimeo.com/awards/judges.
In addition, the public-voting phase for the Vimeo Awards begins today. Video enthusiasts throughout the world are encouraged to vote online at www.vimeoawards.com. Each category will be evaluated by a mix of industry experts in that category and the category winner from the 2010 Awards, taking into account the community vote. Voting closes on April 30, 2012.
For additional information, visit the Vimeo Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Vimeo) or follow Vimeo on Twitter (@Vimeo and @VimeoFestAwards). The official hashtag for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards is #VimeoFest.


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September 21 at 10:30am

Blake Whitman on “How To Find Music To Use Legally In Videos (Announcing Vimeo’s New Music Store)”

The world keeps getting better and better — at least in terms how we can create better work and get it seen. Today, has brought some more good news.

Blake Whitman, Vimeo’s VP of Creative Development, announces Vimeo’s New Music Store:

In addition to being Vimeo’s VP of Creative Development, I also make videos. Something that I’ve been struggling with for a while now, is how to find music that I can legally use in my videos. I search and search and search every music related site on the net and it ends up taking WAY too much of my time. And even when I find that needle in the haystack, figuring out how to actually use the song (legally that is) is a whole other story. Do I contact the musician? The label? Do I need an attorney and who’s going to pay for that?!

So we had an idea. Wouldn’t it be great to create a place on Vimeo to easily discover, license and download music? Well, the obvious answer is OF COURSE, but we wanted to make sure it would be easy and intuitive to use. So we decided to create Music Store, a music library powered by two great curated music providers, Audiosocket and the Free Music Archive. The library allows anyone to search tracks by lots of different criteria and provides license agreements right there on the site. You can purchase and/or download music easily and then throw it in an editor and start editing!

Check the key features:

     • Over 45,000 songs

     •Three types of licenses: 1) Creative Commons licenses which are free (yes free), 2) Personal use, Non-commercial, web-use licenses for the casual user which are $1.99 per track; and 3) Commercial, web-use licenses for professional users which are $98 per track.

     •Searchable by over 100 features like tempo, mood, theme, genre and instrumentation

Vimeo’s mission is to inspire and empower video creators. Vimeo Music Store is just another step in our effort to help people make better videos! Check it out here:

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February 22 at 8:15am

Come Spend Some Time With Brian & Me

Three months ago, Vimeo reached out to me & Brian Newman, inviting us to have a conversation offering our perspectives on the state of the film business. Brian is a smart and engaging guy. Me, on the other hand…. Well, if you have an hour come join us here. If you just have ten minutes, you can check out Vimeo’s view of the highlights below:

Making it Happen (Highlights) from Vimeo Festival on Vimeo.


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