Phillip Bloom, Morgan Spurlock, Vincent LaForet and Lucy Walker are among the filmmakers holding workshops and lectures during the first Vimeo Festival + Awards, being held October 8 and 9 in New York City. The event, organized by Vimeo, the online video sharing site, will also include screenings and the announcement of the winners of the Vimeo Awards, which offers a $25,000 grant for the winner of the grand prize.
Vimeo has organized the festival around two themes: Innovation and Inspiration. “We have tried to bring together an experience that is a hybrid between a traditional film festival and a conference, which looks through the lens of online creativity,” said Jeremy Boxer, co-Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards.
On the first day, documentary filmmaker Morgan (“Super Size Me”) Spurlock and Lucy (“Waste Land,” “Countdown to Zero”) Walker will discuss how documentary filmmaking is changing in the digital world. Phillip Bloom will conduct a workshop on HD-DSLR videomaking, and Lance Weiler is scheduled to lecture on “storytelling beyond the confines of the 16 by 9 frame.”
Two judges for the Vimeo Awards, designer Neville Brody and photographer/filmmaker Vincent Laforet, will speak on October 9. There will also be classes on videomaking, and presentations by filmmakers Ted Hope and Brian Newman. Wired blogger Bruce Sterling’s talk will close out the event.
Tickets to the Vimeo Festival + Awards are now available online at www.vimeo.com/awards . There’s currently an early bird special on: A two-day all access ticket costs $175.