Vimeo Wants to Find the Future's Directors

By Kat Hannaford on at

Can you hear that cry for the next Martin Scorsese, bouncing around the internet like an aural Ken Burns effect? It's come from Vimeo, which wants to find 2011's future directors, after seeing some enormous accomplishments from the inaugural Vimeo festival+award winners last year.

The second Vimeo competition has just opened today, promising $25,000 (£16,000) in prize money for the grand winner, and $5,000 (£3,200) for the category winners. With categories including best narrative; music video; documentary; animation; fashion and advertising, anyone with a dream of making it big should have a think about submitting their entries before February 20th 2012.

If you look at last year's winners, including Gabriel Bisset-Smith's Thrust, which won best narrative; Andy Bruntel's music video for the Liars' Scissor; and the best animation Between Bears by Eran Hilleli, you can see the level of quality that comes out of these awards.

Personally, I really rate Vimeo as a video platform -- it's where we unearth the best (and often craziest!) videos here on Giz, and I love that they're supporting indie directors and film-creators with these awards. Entries do cost a small amount -- $20  (£12) per video, but that's a pretty fair price for possible wads of cash and fame. Even if you don't strike gold and win one of the categories, there's a chance your video will get seen by the right eyes, with judges including the British fashion photographer Nick Knight; film-maker Phillip Bloom and professional skateboarder Stacy Peralta. Who knows...your video viral might make it on the hallowed pages of Giz one day. [Vimeo awards]