The artists on Vimeo  absolutely wowed us this year with beautiful moving pictures and touching stories of people around the world. The video-hosting site has a filmmaking community that you won't find on YouTube due, in part, to the support provided by Vimeo's Creator Services  that launched earlier this year.
We've rounded up the most compelling videos of the Vimeo bunch, so if you've got an hour (or six) to spare this holiday break, enjoy these 12 stunning, artfully crafted films.
Across the Ocean by Sundry Productions
A trip to Minamisanriku, Japan , reveals struggle, survival, and the resurgence of life in a town once devastated by a tsunami.
Tiny Story by Sebas & Clim
Verbs and virtues  are represented in animations.
The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca by Dimitris Ladopoulos
This video uncovers the artisanal craft of guitar making , from start to finish.
Earth by Michael König
This footage, short by the crews of International Space Station Expeditions 28 and 29, was taken from August to October 2011. The amazing time-lapse sequence includes several aurora borealis and aurora australis sightings all over the world.
Caine's Arcade by Nirvan Mullick
An ambitious 9-year-old boy  builds a cardboard arcade.
The Golden Triangle by Mo'Fo'
A crew of skaters and bikers  explore an Indian city.
The Beauty of the Irrational by The African Attachment
Ryan Sandes is a South African ultrarunner who tackles the Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail .
UBS Stephen Wiltshire by Humble TV
Stephen Wiltshire  is an autistic artist who draws entire skylines from memory.
No. 3 The Beekeeper by Made by Hand
This story, the third in a series about craftsmanship, is of a local farmer who became a skilled beekeeper .
Matthew Shlian by Ghostly International
Matthew Shlian brings together art and engineering in the craft of paper folding .
Paris vs. New York by TonyMiotto
This sweet animation  tells a tale of two cities through illustrations of architecture, food, life, and language.
Manos, Pottery Studio by Homegrown Swedes
Pottery making is revealed to be a laborious, though beautiful, craft .