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Going Pro

So, you want to do this for a living, huh? The gap between serious amateur and budding professional can look quite large, so we brought in some new and seasoned pros to share their perspectives.

At the 2012 Vimeo Festival, Vimeo’s Senior Curator Jordan McGarry got down to business with experts Kevin Iwashina, Lana Kim, and director Nima Nourizadeh to get the scoop on making the leap.

Building Your Audience



You’ve spent lots of time, energy, and money making your film, and once it’s done you want make sure it doesn’t end up like a wallflower at the online video party—you need to actively seek out watchers.

At the 2012 Vimeo Festival, Vimeo’s Blake Whitman, director Philip Bloom and designer Nick Campbell got down to some serious talk around how to grow and maintain an audience for your work.

Sundance Channel presents the Vimeo Festival + Awards winners!


The one and only Sundance Channel, our abundantly awesome Broadcast Sponsor for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards, is gearing up to air a selection of this year’s winners

Umbra" by Animation Category winner Malcolm Sutherland will be premiering TONIGHT. 
Tune in at 9:55 PM Eastern and Pacific time to catch it, and keep your eyes peeled for more winning shorts!

2012 Grand Prize Winner: Everynone





At the 2012 Vimeo Awards, “
Symmetry” by Everynone won the Lyrical category and took home the Grand Prize. We sat down (and stood up) with the filmmakers to learn how they collaborate and see what went into creating their split-screen masterpiece. 

Just how cool was the 2012 Festival?

The Vimeo Festival was two days of riveting conversations, inspiring workshops, scintillating screenings, and one truly outstanding closing party. We opened up dialogues, lobbed provocative questions, and gave creators a forum in which to discuss stuff they care about. People of all skill levels participated in educational workshops with the industry’s leading creators. We projected our favorite submissions and unveiled some exclusive premieres.



Long story short, the 2012 Festival was awesome. Check out what happened at the 2012 Vimeo Awards here >

Don’t worry about your gear

Do you yearn to express your creative vision, but don’t have access to the latest and greatest gear? Don’t despair! At the 2012 Festival, Casey Neistat showed us how to make awesome videos while maximizing equipment most of us already have at our disposal. If you’re just getting into the world of video, this highly practical workshop is the perfect launchpad for your ideas.

Learn the fine art of getting paid

If you want to make a living doing what you love, you need a plan. At the 2012 Vimeo Festival, fundraising expert Brian Newman and maverick filmmaker Ryan Koo sat down for a practical discussion designed to help career-minded creators. Their candid back-and-forth touched on lots of moolah-related topics, including where the money is, how to make smart sacrifices, and what self-promotion skills come in handy as you try to drum up dollars.

Eliot Rausch opened up about his new film “LIMBO”

In addition to premiering his new film, “LIMBO,” at the Festival this year, Eliot Rausch talked with Festival Director Jeremy Boxer about how winning the Grand Prize in 2010 changed his life and made this new work possible. This session also includes screenings of “LIMBO” and “Last Minutes with Oden,” the film that won Eliot the Grand Prize.

TED Media’s June Cohen tackled the new viral video

Videos with millions of views come in many flavors, but they have a common thread: They inspire us to share with others. Lately, viral videos have undergone a transformation, and in this conversation, TED Media’s June Cohen posed a big question: How have viral videos gone from ephemeral content to ideas worth spreading?

Scott Belsky predicted the future of creative careers

The landscape of creative work is changing. Much of the friction that once inhibited independent careers has been removed, and the distance between idea and execution is smaller than ever. In his Festival conversation The Future of Creative Careers, Behance CEO Scott Belsky explored the ways in which our professional output is powered by the latest technology and shaped by the new ways in which we collaborate. Watch the full talk right now: