Vimeo Festival and New Features

Creative Commons, unlimited HD plays, and a full-on film festival from Vimeo

Ever wondered how you could get your film in front of David Lynch, Roman Coppola or Vincent Laforet? Bridging online and offline, on 8 October 2010 Vimeo will launch its first video festival with two days of events in New York City. We’re submitting our Cool Hunting Videos under the “Original Series” category, and any Vimeo member can submit original works in one of nine categories before 31 July 2010 to be reviewed by 24 judges. Winners will be announced on 9 October 2010, with the overall winner taking home a $25,000 grant to produce more content.

In addition to the fest, Vimeo users will soon notice some new features on the site. The two highlighted updates, Global Settings and the removal of limited embedded HD plays for Plus+ members, helps users control where their content goes and how it’s viewed.

Formerly a Plus+ membership allowed for an extra allotment of 25,000 HD embedded video plays on other sites per month, requiring payment for more after maxing out. Going forward, these HD limitations will no longer exist and Vimeo will even reimburse users who purchased extra plays in the last 60 days.

The Global Settings feature comes hand-in-hand with the added ability to attach Creative Commons licenses to videos. When uploading videos, users have the option of setting all to private, and Plus+ members can additionally customize where there videos can play, limiting embeds and even hiding the video from Vimeo itself.

We appreciate any support in the Vimeo Festival—be sure to check out our channel where we’re in the process of adding all of our Cool Hunting Videos—and while you’re at it, nominate us for an award!