Video sharing and VOD platform Vimeo has unveiled a new initiative to extend its flagship Staff Pick Channel into a yearlong digital film festival.
The channel’s relaunch will now see new laurels honoring films selected through weekly premieres as well as Best of the Month and Best of the Year.
Launched in 2008, Vimeo’s Staff Picks portal currently features more than 10,000 digital films across the comedy, drama, animation, documentary, action sports, adventure and music video spaces as selected by the platform’s in-house curation team. The team awards nearly 1,000 videos with the Staff Pick laurel annually.
The Best of the Month will honor approximately 120 films per year, creating 12 hours of online programming, as selected from that month’s pool of Staff Picks.
At the end of each calendar year, meanwhile, Vimeo’s curation team will appoint Best of the Year winners from its monthly winners in each of its core categories. Selections from this category will also receive dedicated marketing and promotional support for their winning film.
Elsewhere, Vimeo has launched Staff Pick Premieres, which will premiere pre-selected Staff Picks on a weekly basis.
Winning films will be selected by the company’s in-house curation team in combination with an open submissions process for films that have screened in competition at an Oscar-qualifying event within the previous 24 months.
Qualifying filmmakers interested in having their work considered for a Staff Pick premiere can email for more information.
The first non-fiction Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere is Dan Taberski‘s SXSW award-winning These C*cksucking Tears (pictured). The film, which recounts Pat Haggerty and the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, premieres Oct. 12.
It will be followed on Nov. 2 by Miguel López Valdivia‘s Burnout, which follows a Mexican paramedic as he descends on chaos at the scene of an emergency. The short enjoyed its world premiere at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.
“The Vimeo Staff Pick channel represents the most progressive and imaginative filmmaking direct from our community of world-class filmmakers,” said Peter Gerard, GM of Vimeo, in a statement. “The iconic Staff Pick laurel has helped launch the careers of many filmmakers coming up through the Vimeo platform and we’re excited to continue to honor and elevate our Staff Picked filmmakers with two new levels of prestige, while also making the channel a must-watch for audiences tuning in weekly to the new Premieres programming.”