Vimeo’s Top 12 Videos Of 2012

By Megan O'Neill 

As the end of the year approaches, 2012 roundups, top 10 and top 12 lists abound and this morning Vimeo has jumped on the bandwagon, announcing their picks for the top 12 videos of 2012.

As one of the top online video communities for filmmakers, video artists, cinematographers and creatives, Vimeo’s 2012 picks don’t disappoint, filled with some of the most beautifully artistic videos of the year.

Official Vimeo mascot, Handstick, a stick with a plastic hand duct taped to the end, “writes” on the Vimeo blog, “We’ve got to hand it to these videos.  Each singlehandedly captivated us with its cinematographic handiwork, candidly recorded offhand moments, and downright handsome filmmaking.”

Check out Vimeo’s picks below and let us know what you think.  And while you’re at it, check out our post on 9 reasons why Vimeo is officially the coolest video site for creatives!

Which is your favorite video from Vimeo’s top 12 of 2012?

The City of Samba

A beautiful tilt shift of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro.

Moving Takahashi

Shot on 35mm, Moving Takahashi tells the story of a mover who “discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.”


This beautiful dance art piece is definitely one of my favorite’s on Vimeo’s list.


This thrilling music video takes place entirely in reverse.


Presented in slow motion, the filmmaker’s intent with this video of the Hindu festival of colors was “to help viewers further appreciate and take notice in the beauty in life and culture that lies within our world.”  It truly is beautiful.

The Eagleman Stag

Mikey Please created this short as his graduation piece at London’s Royal College of Art.  He’s in the running for an Oscar.


Quik, shot on the streets of Los Angeles, gives viewers a look into the world of street skating.

Always A Fire

This short documentary tells the story of former New York Giant Chad Jones.

Everything is Incredible

Everything is Incredible tells the story of Agustin, a Honduran man severely disabled by polio, who has been building a homemade helicopter.

As I Am

As I Am documents the thoughts and observations of Chris Dean, a young man who received national attention after introducing President Barack Obama at his high school graduation.

Le Taxidermiste

This 3D animation tells the story of an old woman wanting to pay respects to her late husband in a house filled with taxidermied animals.

Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

This music video for the band Tame Impala is created from over 1000 hand-made plasticine collages.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.