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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vimeo Festival + Awards

Celebrates creative online video

NEW YORK, June 3, 2010 – Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], opened the submissions window today for the Vimeo Awards, which honors creative and original online videos and the people that create them.

Starting today, people around the world can submit their videos for consideration across nine judged categories. The judges will choose the Best Online Video from the top videos in each category, and that winner will receive a $25,000 grant to produce new work. Videos must have debuted online within the past two years to be considered. Vimeo will announce the winners during an awards ceremony at the close of its two-day festival on October 8-9 in New York City. Additionally, Vimeo will preview some of the finalists’ work at a screening event in Amsterdam in September.

“The Vimeo Festival & Awards is an acknowledgment of—and showcase for— the unprecedented level of creativity, skill and innovation coming from online video today,” said Dae Mellencamp, Vimeo’s General Manager. “We believe that the awards will not only honor the best work but, by pairing it with a festival, will also bring creative online communities together to learn from and be inspired by each other.”

An independent panel of judges comprised of luminaries and experts within their categories will evaluate and select award winners. The judges include:

• Adam Quirk of Wreck and Salvage
• David Lynch
• DJ Spooky
• Doug Pray
• Fred Seibert
• Justin Cone
• Jose Luis de Vicente
• Lucy Walker
• Morgan Spurlock
• Nabil Elderkin
• Nicholas Schmerkin
• Nick Campbell
• Roman Coppola
• Ree Treweek of the Blackheart Gang
• Vincent Laforet
• … and more to be announced.

“I am so happy to take part in this acknowledgment of independent filmmakers from around the world,” said Morgan Spurlock. “It is definitely time for the online creative community to be celebrated.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be a filmmaker— the technology is there now that will enable a talented individual to produce amazing work and to share it with the world on Vimeo,” said Vincent Laforet. “They can expect an incredible level of feedback from the Vimeo community comprised of fellow creatives, and I am very excited to have been asked to be one of the judges of this competition!”

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