Vimeo has launched a $500K program
to support crowdfunded films, the digital platform announced at Sundance today. Vimeo will review films which have raised $10,000 or more on crowdfunding platforms such as
Seed&Spark, and select projects to receive free Vimeo PRO
accounts. In exchange for an exclusive digital premiere window on Vimeo on Demand, the company will supply an advance for marketing their films.
This announcement follows Monday’s news that 13 films which premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival will make their digital debut in
2014 exclusive on Vimeo On Demand through an innovative offer to filmmakers.
Vimeo will grant free one-year
PRO accounts and access to a $500,000 Audience Development Fund to help
select filmmakers market their projects. Films selected by Vimeo’s curation team
will receive PRO accounts and an advance for marketing support. Vimeo
will also help create marketing campaigns
on and off Vimeo.com in
exchange for an exclusive digital premiere window for distribution on
Vimeo On Demand.
is committed to empowering filmmakers with the world’s best platform
for direct distribution,” said Vimeo General Manager of Audience
Networks, Greg Clayman. “While crowdfunding has changed the game
in getting films made, Vimeo is taking the next step supporting
filmmakers to get their work seen and purchased on Vimeo and across the
On Demand is the direct distribution tool that allows all
Vimeo PRO subscribers to sell work on Vimeo, on their own sites or embedded across the web. Creators can set their own price, viewing format and geographical availability while retaining full ownership of their work.
Qualifying filmmakers interested in having their work considered for the Audience Development Fund can email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.