The 2012 Vimeo Awards + Festival kicked off last night in New York City and in unique fashion, the awards were handed out at the beginning of the party. Awards in 13 categories, plus one grand prize winner, were handed out along with some honorary awards. We discussed this year's festival and introduced the nominees a few weeks ago, and there were a ton of deserving candidates, so who came out on top? Read on. We're going to give you each winner and embed the goods. Sit back, and enjoy yourself today.
The Winners of the 2012 Vimeo Awards
The awesome split-screen video, "Symmetry," by Everynone, took this year's "Lyrical" category as well as beating out all of the other nominees for the whole she-bang. This is a unique experience, and multiple viewings will be rewarded:
The beautifully-shot "Dark Side of the Lens," which contains some of the best water footage ever shot over and under the deep blue sea, took the Action Sports prize:
It would have been kind of hard to bet against the K-Swiss campaign with Kenny Powers, which has a lot of bad language in it and is one of the most daring things in which a company has ever attached their name. Here's the notorious "KSwiss Kenny Powers MFCEO," winner of the advertising award:
The wonderfully creative, hand-drawn, pastel-on-paper, with a mix of digital animation, "Umbra" from Malcolm Sutherland took home this award:
"Video Painting Europe" from SWEATSHOPPE won this captured prize, where graffiti artists make their creations "come alive" in 10 European cities:
"Amar: All Great Achievements Require Time" comes from Pilgrim Films and is a compelling documentary walking us through the day of a 14-year-old kid, who has to work to support the people in his family:
"Prie Dieu" (Pray God) from Cokau is a really fun, well-shot look at a Praying Mantis:
Mulberry "Skirt" by Academy Plus (A+) and directed by Amanda Boyle won the prize here. This video features Natalia Tena of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame and is another really creative bit of storytelling:
One of my personal favorites when I was taking a look at the nominees was "A History of the Title Sequence," from Jurjen Versteeg. This is quite excellent:
Manchester Orchestra's "Simple Math," from DANIELS has a lot of camera technique and great images marrying perfectly with the emotional resonance of the song and it's no surprise it won the category:
The dark sci-fi/fantasy "BLINKY" from Ruairi Robinson won the narrative film prize. Starring Max Records of Where the Wild Things Are, this video doesn't go exactly where you expect:
"Often Awesome: The Series" is a documentary series concerning a couple dealing with ALS. While ALS is the backdrop, it shows the power of friendship and love in dealing with such a disease. Here's episode 1:
No surprise here, "Rear Window: Timelapse" takes the prize. Jeff Desom took this awesome movie and created something all his own here:
DANIELS, the directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, won the Honorary Award for New Creators. Their music video for Manchester Orchestra won the prize there.
The Honorary Award for Digital Maverick, for pioneering spirit in online video, went to openFrameworks, "which is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation."
And the Honorary Award for Social Change, a video that raises awareness of an issue, went to "One Day on Earth," which was the huge multi-national project where filmmakers around the world contributed to a day in the life.
Sit back and enjoy the winners if you need to pass the time pleasantly today.