The NOFLASH Video Show is an annual event dedicated to showcasing rigorous new work from emerging time-based artists and filmmakers, local and international.

NOFLASH focuses on short experimental films, but all time-based work is considered, including but not limited to: narrative/documentary/experimental/hybrid films (any length), moving-image installation, video art, live performance art and sound art. You can find programs from previous years on our website.

*2020 dates are tentative, check back for updates*

Please read the full Rules & Terms before submitting.

Sponsors of previous years have included: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, Rutgers Filmmaking Center, Mason Gross Student Governing Association, School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

NOFLASH is highly selective yet noncompetitive. We provide a professional and social setting for work to be showcased and discussed with other artists and an enthusiastic public. Attendees at past NOFLASH events mostly hail from the burgeoning New Jersey film/arts scene, but plenty make the one-hour trip from New York City and Philadelphia.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. If you fail to abide by the rules below, your submission(s) will be automatically disqualified.

- Submissions are welcome from emerging artists of any age, but please note that we only accept emerging artists. If you feel you do not fall under this category, please do not submit. In a similar sense, we prefer east coast premieres, and will not consider works that have had an abundant amount of official public screenings.

- We know "time-based" can be an elusive term. The following definitions should help clarify. Tate Art Terms: "art that is dependent on technology and has a durational dimension" – "Usually time-based media are video, slide, film, audio or computer based. Part of what it means to experience the art is to watch it unfold over time according to the temporal logic of the medium as it is played back." Joanna Phillips, Guggenheim Senior Conservator of Time-Based Media: "Time-based media is a term that we use to summarize those artworks that have duration as a dimension, e.g. 'four minutes and 33 seconds.'" Time-based art does not necessarily incorporate technology.

- No more than TWO submissions per person. All submissions are final and no refunds will be provided. Do not submit the same work to multiple categories. Submissions past the final deadline will not be considered. While there are no fee differences between deadlines, earlier submissions are given slight priority.

- We prefer works completed in 2019/2020, but will accept works dated as early as 2018.

- If your work is in a language besides English, it must have burned English subtitles.

- No matter the form of the work, you must provide: Artist's name, Name of work, Country of origin/production, duration, and a brief synopsis (no more than two sentences). Please fill out the FilmFreeway project/artist profiles with as much detail as possible.

- If you are submitting via the waived student fee, you must provide proof of student status with your submission (photo of ID attached to the submitted project is fine).

- By submitting your work, you allow the NOFLASH staff access to your submitted work in its entirety, including but not limited to snippets/still images for promotional purposes and the possibility of inclusion in further NOFLASH screenings. If accepted, you will be prepared to provide NOFLASH with a digital screening copy within seven days of notification. (We love a good 8mm/16mm screening, but do not have the resources to exhibit film at this time. Please do submit HQ digital transfers.)

- NOFLASH is unable to provide travel/lodging in any capacity for accepted artists (though we are happy to make recommendations). No screening fees will be paid to accepted artists.

- NOFLASH organizers/judges have no obligation to accept submitted works, or to provide an explanation as to why work has been rejected. We do not provide feedback on submitted works.

Overall Rating
  • Maite Abella

    I wasn't be able to attend the event. From the Netherlands I've been following the show. Good communication, professional, efficient. Thanks!

    May 2019
  • Oona Taper

    Really wonderful little festival, incredible selection of films.

    May 2019
  • Julio Rodriguez

    Such a great festival! This is my second year participating and it is amazing how much the show has grown! Such an great selection and body of works!

    May 2019
  • Hannah Craig

    An awesomely organized festival. I was so pleased to be able to attend the festival--the selections were wonderful and I was honored to have my short film included in the lineup! Thanks again.

    May 2019
  • Emma Rozanski

    Super communication throughout the process, great publicizing efforts and although I was sadly unable to attend, it looked like a great show with fantastic people involved.
    (note: I only gave 2 stars for hospitality as higher stars I reserve for covering travel and accommodation, but I realize that's difficult for small festivals so 2 stars in no way diminishes my opinion of the festival)

    May 2019