Vimeo, the fast-growing IAC unit,  is throwing a two-day online video festival and awards program to celebrate the community of video creators.

The event on October 8 and 9 is being held at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC offices and at screening rooms at the School of Visual Arts.  It is open to the public.

Vimeo has been the domain of filmmakers and creative videographers for some time.  It has grown recently into a diverse, consumer-centric site.

For an overview on the community of filmmakers who are the core of Vimeo, we spoke with Blake Whitman, a filmmaker who heads up the Vimeo creative community.

Blake is organizing the festival. In this interview, he talks about the community and plans for the festival.  One big technology/device development to watch will be the screening of video shot on digital SLR cameras.

Sources at IAC say that company CEO Barry Diller will be on hand for the event.

Beet will cover and hope to see you there.

Andy Plesser