We’ve all taken a camera on the slopes. Whether we stick a GoPro on our helmet or strap a DSLR around our neck, we try to capture the exciting moments we want to relive and show our friends. Now those videos are being given an international platform at the 2012 Vimeo Festival and Awards. These awards are open to everyone and have even added an Action Sports category!
As the Awards approach and the finalists have been chosen, a prominent member of the snowboarding community will be sitting on the other side of the judges’ panel. Travis Rice will be joining skateboarding filmmaker Stacy Peralta and pro surfer Alana Blanchard in picking their favorite action sports video submitted through Vimeo.
Rice is one of the most accomplished athletes in snowboarding. By 18, he was seeing success both on and off the slopes as a rider and a businessman, marketing his name and talent by releasing various limited edition products. He has also been involved with the production of award-wining and top-grossing films like That’s It, That’s All and The Art of Flight. In 2011, he was earned Snowboarder Magazine’s Rider and Video of the Year with many more accomplishments to add to his name. In 2008, he teamed up with Quicksilver to create the big mountain freestyle event in Jackson Hole, Quicksilver Natural Selection, and most recently, he helped with the conception and development of Red Bull Supernatural.
Stacy Peralta started his career in filmmaking with a well-known collection of skateboarding videos, “The Bones Brigade Video Show” and eventually getting into features with his award-winning documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys. He has had a tremendous amount of success at the Sundance Film Festival.
And the third judge in the Action Sports category, Alana Blanchard, is one of the top ranked women surfers in the world. Since making her way onto the ASP Women’s World Tour, her skills have captured the attention of the industry worldwide. Rip Curl has produced a signature swimwear collection called “Alana’s Closet” in her honor.
A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the winner of each of the 13 categories, and a $25,000 grant will go to the best video overall. Three honorary awards will also be given: the Social Change Award, for a project that has used online video to catalyze social impact; the Digital Maverick Award, for someone who has changed the landscape of online video; and the New Creator Award, given to the newcomer who impressed us most during the past 18 months.
The final decision will be in the hands of the industry experts and judges, taking into account the public opinion. Other celebrity judges include Golden Globe winner James Franco, Steve James—director and producer of Hoop Dreams, well-known music video director Chris Milk, Dreamworks Animation specialist Shelley Page, and a slew of other talented professionals.
“There has never been a better time to be creator,” said Jeremy Boxer, Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards. “The Internet has created a leveled playing field, so that now everyone can fundraise, shoot, edit, and distribute their projects. What’s next for online video? Well, that’s what we will be exploring at this year’s festival with the help of our awesome speakers. We have designed the festival to have something for everyone from any level of experience. Now that the barrier to entry has come crashing down perhaps we can find new creators with ideas yet to be seen and encourage so many others to start using their imagination so they too can start to create.”
Everyone is encouraged to participate and support the filmmakers. Help Travis decide! Vote now, because at midnight tonight, it’s all over.
The winners will be revealed in New York City on June 8th. The rest of the festival, June 7-9, 2012 will include conversations with industry leaders, educational workshops, and a wide range of video screenings. Tickets are on sale now.
Feature photo credit: from Sense of Flying by Stavfel Productions