The second Vimeo Festival + Awards is fast approaching, celebrating the most creative and original films that have premiered exclusively online. Now, Vimeo has announced the 2012 finalists in all categories, including Animation, Action Sports, Documentary, Music Videos, Advertising, Fashion, Experimental and more.

The event, which will take place on June 7-9, 2012 in New York City, gathers together the likes of Mike Figgis, Ted Hope and Lucy Walker to watch the winning films from this year’s submissions. Also featured at ceremony will be the premiere of Limbo, a new film by last year’s grand prize winner, Eliot Rausch. Rausch created the film using grant money from his award.

Check out a handful of this year’s finalists below:

From Jeremy Boxer, Director of the Vimeo Festival + Awards:

There has never been a better time to be creator. The Internet has created a leveled playing field, so that now everyone now can fundraise, shoot, edit, and distribute their projects. What’s next for online video? Well, that’s what we will be exploring at this year’s festival with the help of our awesome speakers. We have designed the festival to have something for everyone from any level of experience. Now that the barrier to entry has come crashing down perhaps we can find new creators with ideas yet to be seen and encourage so many others to start using their imagination so they too can start to create.

To get a better idea of what 2012 will be like, you can check out the recap from Vimeo’s first festival below:

➤ The Vimeo Festival + Awards in NYC