March 13, 2017

Vimeo Curators Reveal the Secret to Getting a Staff Pick

Here are six places where the Vimeo Staff Picks pickers find new videos to feature.

Since Vimeo’s Staff Picks launched back in 2007, the program has become the stuff of legend for independent filmmakers, generating an average of 100,000 views on the chosen videos, and launching the careers of makers like DANIELS and Kirsten Lepore, whose latest short Hi Stranger is playing at SXSW this year.

While it’s clear that a Staff Pick can be very meaningful for filmmakers, it’s been a little murkier to understand just how these picks are made—until now. At SXSW, three of the five members of Vimeo’s curation team—Sam Morrill, Meghan Oretsky, and Ian Durkin candidly shared some of their process.

The panelists said that, of the thousand or so videos featured as Staff Picks annually (out of tens of millions of uploads), each and every one is hand selected by curation team—no algorithms in sight. One of the main takeaways of use to aspiring pick-ees was the list of places where the team actually goes to find new videos to feature. Here are the top six:

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Source: NoFilmSchool