The Vimeo Awards descended on NYU's Skirball Theater last week, and while Angelina Jolie and leg didn't show up, the way the Awards are evolving, it's only a matter of time before she does.
As it is, the big names involved are getting bigger, and the competition denser. A name-droppable panel of judges including James Franco and Aziz Ansari announced the winners of 13 categories, plus a grand prize winner, which they'd culled from a starter pool of submissions twice as large as it was in 2010.
15,000 films were submitted, according to the Wall Street Journal, the same amount received by YouTube for its inaugural Your Film festival, which started this Monday. The video-sharing platforms consider only those films that premiere online, servicing a hidden reserve of filmmakers typically shut out for monetary reasons from the Sundance-Cannes circuit. This year's winners, which Franco and co. selected from a list whittled down by public vote, are all ones you may very well have run into already. Remember that "Rear Window" timelapse? It prefers to go by "Best Remix" now.
The grand prize winner, "Symmetry," which you can watch below, won filmmaking collective Everynone $25,000, to go toward their next film. The 3-minute short inspired by a Radiolab episode features a split screen view of connected but contrasting elements: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper shakers...or, if you will, the Vimeo Awards and the Oscars.
Take a look at "Symmetry" below, and head to Fast Company for all 13 winners, which won $5,000 apiece.