The Coolest Videos 2018

A Brilliant Compilation from Vimeo

BY: Andy Shoulders

Get ready, kids! Vimeo’s best videos of 2018 are here, and lucky for you, they’ve made a palatable compilation video for you to see who and what they’ve chosen.

Yes, most of you are aware of Vimeo (it’s an anagram for the word “movie.” MIND. BLOWN.), but many don’t know how Vimeo came to be. Founded in 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein, Vimeo is a video-sharing website where users can upload, share, and view videos. It’s also the first website to support high-definition videos, and is now home to 80 million creators worldwide. It has adopted more of an indie vibe than YouTube or Facebook, and is more about a feeling of community and creation. It thus makes a lot of sense that Vimeo is the world’s largest ad-free open video platform. If you’ve seen the many famous “Improv Everywhere” videos, chances are it was streamed through Vimeo. They recently even announced a product integration with LinkedIn that will enable broader and more effective distribution from the platform to the professional network.

Vimeo also started its own Vimeo Awards in 2010, which are dedicated towards showcasing and awarding creative video content hosted on the site. This year, the entries have all obviously upped the ante. Submissions are broken down into seven categories: Action Sports, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Eye Candy, and Travel. Here’s a brief breakdown of finalists in each category:

Action Sports: a record-breaking ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, a downhill bike built from scrap metal in the Himalayas, and some of the best surfing ever captured on video.

Animation: a bird determined to make the best mathematically correct burrito, and quite possibly the ugliest cat the world has ever seen.

Comedy: little furry people going absolutely batshit crazy, an Emmy hopeful also going batshit crazy, a dad with lofty hip-hop goals, and a missing mountaineer.

Documentary: a son discovering another side to his father through (of all things) old porn tapes, a man and a pigeon becoming a match made in heaven, and a Holocaust survivor receiving a message from her father beyond the grave.

Drama: paraplegic lovers, the “morning after” pill, political correctness in the office, and psychedelic-fueled breakup.

Eye Candy: worlds that don’t exist, realities we thought we knew (but definitely do not), and ambitious musings from some pretty out-there imagineers.

Travel: the streets of Seoul, a large group of cats in Greece, and memories of Hawaii from an adorably talkative 8-month-old.

Watch Vimeo’s compilation video above. It’ll make you see and appreciate 2018 in a whole new way.