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YouTube Play goes to the Guggenheim; Vimeo Awards heads to New York

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It's the battle for the best online filmmaking fête. This October, two New York events will focus on online film, pitting YouTube users against Vimeo members. Both video hosting sites will have large festivals showcasing the best work on their sites.

YouTube has joined with the Guggenheim Museum for the YouTube Play Biennial of Creative Video. From over 23,000 submissions, 125 Youtube videos have been shortlisted, and the finalists will be announced on Oct. 21 and put on view at the museum Oct. 22 to 24.

Vimeo will host the first annual Vimeo Fesitval & Awards show in New York Oct. 8 to 9. The judges panel chose from 6,500 entries. Tomorrow the site will announce its 20 shortlisted films across nine categories. The festival will also include lectures and workshops for would-be filmmakers.

See video on the jump.

Both sites have star power behind their competitions. YouTube judges include artist Takashi Murakami and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Vimeo judges include director David Lynch, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and singer M.I.A.

Vimeo launched in 2004, but really started to pick up fans after it introduced a high-definition player. Because it only allowed original content to be posted to its site, unlike YouTube, it poised itself as the creative filmmaker's exclusive destination.

YouTube allows for extremely low definition plays, enabling more people with lower bandwidths to see the videos. Plus, it still retains the name recognition as the leader in online video hosting sites.

YouTube seems to be trying to assert its online leadership with its museum show, but the Vimeo festival seems designed to be more inclusive for its online fans, offering lessons on how to one day win an award. However, YouTube's online presentation of the videos is much easier to enjoy than Vimeo's, which oddly does not link to the finalists' work on the awards show page.

Which award show are you more interested in?

Here are two finalists I dig:

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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