Running for its 10th year, the Video Art & Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF) showcases to New York City audiences some of the most innovative, provocative, and exciting works of film and video from around the world. The festival embraces a boundary-pushing spectrum of work that includes animation, music video, fashion film, documentary, visual narrative, and more.

Past selected artists have been featured alongside prominent video directors such as David LaChapelle, Marie Schuller, and Kalup Linzy, and the panel discussions have attracted prestigious artists and scholars including Alanna Heiss (founder of MoMA PS1), David Ross (former director of the Whitney and SFMOMA), Jason Sondhi (co-founder of Short of the Week and former lead curator of Vimeo Staff Picks), and Ziggy Levin (executive producer for Art + Commerce and faculty member at SVA). Panel discussion moderators have included curator and critic Lyle Rexer, and best selling author Mark Alpert.

VAEFF 2020 is scheduled to run from November 12-14 across several venues in NYC, including the Tribeca Film Center.

Note on COVID-19: While it's hard to predict what public health guidelines will look like in the coming months, VAEFF is committed to continuing to showcase independent video artists and filmmakers in whatever way we can, and is aiming to screen as originally planned in November. We will be working on the 2020 program as per our regular timeline and we will provide updates about event details and any changes as we progress. Possible changes include dates and venues.

VAEFF welcomes all genres including visual narrative, animation, music video, fashion film, documentary, dance, and more.

By submitting your work, take note that:
•Films may be no longer than 30 minutes. We do not accept feature-length films.
•You must own or have all the rights to the submitted film.
•You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
•All films submitted must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017
•Non-English films must have English subtitles
•Entry fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Mel Hsieh

    It was a great pleasure to take a part in this amazing festival!

    September 2020
  • Olgierd Minkiewicz

    A group of wonderful people run this festival. Everybody was very friendly and professional, and that's the first ingredient to a great experience for filmmakers. They really care about film and those who create them. The selection of works was unbelievable, from utterly mad to heartwarming. It takes place at some fantastic venues of Tribeca Film Center and DCTV. Everything was on point, I look forward to being part of this festival in the future.

    November 2019
  • Overall, we had a wonderful experience screening at VAEFF – a well curated lovely little jewel of a festival! The selections were so well curated and we were very impressed with the thoughtful introductions and Q+As. The panel moderator obviously took the time to actually watch our piece as well as the other shorts screening in each block as evidenced by targeted comments that really allowed each piece to shine.
    There aren't that many festivals that focus on experimental shorts, and the selections at VAEFF were so impressive. Each screening block had a theme, but it was interpreted broadly enough to allow for very enjoyable eclectic mixes throughout. Wishing all the best for VAEFF's continued success, thanks for including our piece!

    November 2019
  • Elias A. Hinojosa

    A truly amazing experience! Special venues and staff/curators who are passionate and invested in experimental storytelling. Will definitely be submitting again. So happy I was able to attend.

    December 2018
  • Adi Halfin

    Although I didn't physically attend the festival, the communication and overall communication was very warm and welcoming.
    Hope to have more of my work featured in this beautiful important festival!

    November 2017