Vimeo to Host Flashy New Documentary Series

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vimeo Vimeo to Host Flashy New Documentary SeriesKelly Faircloth is a guest blogger for Betabeat.

Now playing at Vimeo: the future! GigaOm reports the video sharing site is partnering with GE and video publisher Cinelan to play host to “Focus Forward,” a series of 30 three-minute documentaries. Each of them will celebrate some mind-bending, ground-breaking innovation.

From the official site:

“In the span of three minutes, these films will encompass everything from medical advances to economically viable ‘green’-powered homes to the development of wireless technologies in Third World countries, not to mention innovations in transportation and healthcare, gene therapy and waste management, or any other sphere of art and knowledge that inspires them.”

Not only have they lined up an impressive roster of contributers, including Morgan Spurlock, but they’re also inviting the public to submit their own versions to the Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge. The grand prize? A cool $100,000.

We spoke to Jeremy Boxer, Vimeo’s Creative Director of Film and Video, who told us Cinelan approached them will a fully developed, immediately appealing concept: “We knew that it would cross over and resonate very well with the [Vimeo] community.” The appeal of this particular topic wasn’t the technology or the futurism—it was the inspiration. It’s a chance to highlight innovations with a “really significant positive impact on humanity.”