Running for its 12th 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 included 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 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, 2018
•Non-English films must have English subtitles
•Entry fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Laida Aldaz

    Great to take a part in such a fantastic film festival, staff were very helpful and communication was great. Thanks for having and selected us!

    June 2022
  • rossi stephane

    I just received an honorable mention for my short film, sorry but I can't judge the value of the Festival. I was happy for the honorable mention it gave me anyway. So thank you !! I just received an award from the NYNIL Gallery Festival.

    January 2022
  • Devon Leaver

    We had a wonderful time screening our film, GALOOT, at VAEFF this year. The programming was excellent, and the artist panels were intimate and informative. This festival is truly building a passionate community of international video-art appreciators. Thank you again, VAEFF, for a lovely experience!

    December 2021
  • Pencho Kunchev

    I am glad that my animated film ROSES IN THE NIGHT received an Honorable Mention at this so prestigious international festival. Thank you from the bottom of my heart dear friends!

    December 2021
  • Haleh Saberi

    An excellent festival I had a pleasure participating with my short Broken. Thank you!

    November 2021