Vimeo Festival + Awards 2012: Franco and Wright join judging panel

Online exhibition platform Vimeo today announced its panel of judges for the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards. The hand-picked jury will consist of three judges per category across 13 categories, and includes actor and director James Franco, 2012 Oscar nominee Lucy Walker, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Shaun of the Dead (2006) director Edgar Wright amongst others.

Jeremy Boxer, Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards, stated “”The aim of the Vimeo Festival + Awards is to become the gold standard for creative online video. We designed the program to focus on discovering the best new talent and to give that talent a platform that will catapult their careers to the next level”.

Also announced as a special judge is 2010 Vimeo Award Grand Prize-winner Eliot Rausch, who went on to describe his thoughts on his previous award win: “It is indescribable, the feeling I have after winning the award, knowing my voice has been heard, that millions have been touched and maybe the world is better because of it.”

The 20 February deadline is fast approaching, so if you fancy your chances, take a look at Rausch’s 2010 winning entry above. Entrants can submit any original work as long as it premiered online between 31 July, 2010 and 20 February, 2012, or any original work that has never premiered anywhere. The winner of each category receives a grant of $5,000 and the Grand Prize winner receives a $25,000 grant to produce new work. The submission fee is $20 ($5 for Annual Vimeo Plus and PRO members).

The full list of judges, submission criteria, and entry forms for the Vimeo Festival + Awards are available at

Daniel Green

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