The Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF) is dedicated to showing the finest films in the world about art, the art world, and films that are art in and of themselves. Painting, photography, sculpture, performances of all forms, artists in and out of their studios, collectors, galleries, museums, public art, and alternative art spaces are all part of FAFF. This includes video art, curated as a Film or a Virtual Reality medium.

The 10th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival 2023 will be held online on the Vimeo platform on June 15-22, 2023 and in person June 10, 2023 at our traditional venue of the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California and other motion picture venues as available.

Films selected for in-person screenings will be contacted separately, once being notified via FilmFreeway of their Official Selection status.

Featuring exceptionally creative and important films about art, artists, and the art world - many premiering for the first time in the United States - from countries around the world!

We also screen Official Selections at venues throughout the year - we've screened selections at venues including Furst World in Joshua Tree, the LA Art Show in Los Angeles, Tallinn, Estonia, and in future Italy, Mexico and other locations.

All Official Selection films will receive an offer for an international distribution deal from ViCAFilms in partnership with a veteran distribution firm that cares for the filmmaker as much as we do.

Information about the Festival:



FAFF 2023 Tickets to be Announced Here:

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best Student Film
The Audience Award
Best Experimental Film
Best Score
Best Original Music
Best Cinematography
Best Virtual Reality Cinematic Narrative 360Film/Experience
Best Virtual Reality Documentary 360Film/Experience
Best Virtual Reality Woman-Centric 360Film/Experience

Subject matter must be related to the art world in some way, whether it be art and artists in or outside their studios, collectors, galleries, museums, public art, and alternative art spaces, music or dance performances or multi-media art events, or other art related subject. It can also be an art piece in and of itself.

For FAFF 2023, films must have been completed after January 2, 2022. There are completion date waivers available for certain projects - please inquire.
Virtual Reality Experiences have no completion deadline.

We must be informed if the film or the Virtual Reality experience has premiered, been shown on the internet publicly, or broadcast previously. That will not disqualify a film, but we must be informed.

Films must be submitted via Film Freeway. Once Official Selections are announced, films must be enabled for download on Film Freeway or Vimeo or via a private link as an H.264 or Mp4 file at 1920X1080 resolution. As an example feature films submitted should not be over 6gbs in size. All Official Selections must include a synopsis of no more than 50 words, along with a vertical poster at 1080 x 1920 resolution. These materials must be submitted and available by April 12, 2023 at 5pm PST or the film will not be included in the Festival.

Virtual Reality experiences must be submitted as 360 film via private link or as executable.

Films and Virtual Reality projects must be submitted with proper documentation, including director/producer bios, contact information with email addresses and social media accounts, distributor information (if applicable) publicity materials such as poster/one sheet, 1-3 images from each film (please at least 150dpi for our catalog).

To upload a 360 video file
If you’re uploading a 360 video type of experience, upload a YouTube link to it.
Create a 360-enabled file with an app:
1. Download 360 Video Metadata for Mac or Windows
2. Install the app
3. Select the video file
4. Select the tick box for "Spherical" and click "Save as".
5. Name the video
6. Save the file (a new file will be created automatically in the same location as the original)
7. Upload the video to Youtube
8. Wait for the 360-degree effect to process (this may take up to an hour)
For the best results, encode your video at a high resolution and according to YouTube's advanced specifications ( Recommending to upload 16:9 aspect ratio stitched videos in 4K (3840x2160) resolution.

To Upload a Virtual Reality Experience (exe files)
Please provide a Dropbox or Google Drive link to your file or any other storage link solution. Don't forget to provide the access code.

Short films are considered all films under 55 minutes.
Feature films are considered films 55 minutes and above.
Virtual Reality 360 films are considered under 25 minutes.
Virtual Reality experiences have no time constraints.

(Header image: "Rivale", Dir. Giulio Boato)

Overall Rating
  • CGL Acting Studio

    Thanks a million for including our film 🎥 in your amazing festival. All the films shown this year were knockouts 🥊. Each of the artists 👩‍🎨 who made these films is on fire 🔥-it made me want to work harder and dig deeper. My team is so grateful to be part of this.

    All best,

    M.S. Kerr, Writer/Director
    Has-Been/ Never-Was

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    We so enjoyed meeting you and love your film! Thank you for participating!

  • Peter Stein

    FAFF is a wonderful festival. The communication and help given is without compare. We are honored to have been screened before a live audience and to have been chosen as Best Feature Documentary. "Out of Exile- The Photography of Fred Stein" is a work of passion and artistry and we are thrilled that the festival recognized our work, and the historical significance of Fred Stein the photographic genius that he was. Peter Stein

    June 2022
  • Wataru Iwata

    Thank you for selecting our performance film「Miroirs」in your Black Series of 2022!

    June 2022
  • Olga Sasplugas

    A pleasure to have had the privilege of being part of 2022 FAFF edition.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for bringing your film to us!

  • The Fine Arts Film Festival provides wonderful opportunities for filmmakers and offers great films for public viewing. I highly recommend the FAFF!

    June 2022