Vimeo Award for Best Video: “Last Minutes with ODEN” by Eliot Rausch chronicles the last minutes of a dog,Oden, who loses his struggle with cancer. It is a deeply personal story, told from the perspective of Oden’s ownerJason Wood. The film was shot using a Canon 7D by Directors of Photography Luke Korver and Matt Taylor.
Vimeo awarded them with the Best Video Award along with a grant of $25,000 for the purpose of making a new,original work.
Morgan Spurlock, a judge in the documentary category said, “I am so happy to take part in this acknowledgementof independent filmmakers from around the world. It is definitely time for the online creative community to becelebrated.”
Jeremy Boxer, Co-Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards reflected on the Best Video winner, “‘Last Minuteswith ODEN’ is one of those rare, intimate shorts that leads with its heart and soul. The film has been crafted withsuperb skill and is a testament to the new generation of creators that use small cameras to tell personal tales. Weare thrilled that this project has been selected as our overall winner and recipient of the first Vimeo Awards filmmaker grant.”
Honorary Awards for Digital Maverick, spotlighting an individual for pioneering spirit in the world of onlinevideo, went to the Neistat Brothers, who have been making films and posting them online for the past decade. The Feature Presentation award, honoring the vanguard and innovative release of unique feature film online,went to Star Wars Uncut (2010 Interactive Emmy winner), which took an iconic film and the online videocommunity to collaborate in a way that has not been seen before.