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.

VAEFF 2020 will run from November 12-14. The first night will include screenings across several venues in NYC. The second night will feature an “Attending Artist Screening” at the Tribeca Film Center, where all artists and filmmakers will be invited to discuss their work and answer audience questions. The festival will conclude with a final celebratory night at the landmark DCTV firehouse building in Downtown Manhattan, where the year’s top works will be compiled into a special screening.

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 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
  • 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
  • Tamara Hansen

    I loved it! The Screening of the program my film was in took place at Tribeca Film Center which is a beautiful location! And on the last Evening the Screening and Panel Discussion took place at DCTV which was great and also included free food and drinks. Furthermore, I really liked the Selection of the program my film was in: Beauty, Sex & Shame. It was great to see so many other talented artists/ films! In addition, the communication was always perfect, I always received a response super quickly and very efficient and informative. Thank you so much !!!!

    November 2017