Experimental Film and Visuals have been a deep thread in the fabric of VASTLab. With that, we are kicking off a weekend dedicated to Experimental Film with our 4th annual VASTLAB Experimental 2022 running Sept 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA.

Categories include Short Fiction, Short Non-Fiction, Short Animation, VR, and Projection Mapping.

Check out prior years programs on vastlab.org

About VASTLab:

Building community with experimental Visual, Audio, Story & Technology Arts.
Whether on-site in our studio or at an off-site satellite program, VAST Lab is a creative incubator. A place for Lovers, Learners, and Masters to Collaborate, Create, & Connect.


We don't believe in awards; however, there with be raffles and prizes for all!

Maximum Run time for all films is 15 MINUTES or less.

Screening will be open to Super 8, 16MM, and HD Video. All screening will be via video. All submissions must be send via Vimeo, YouTube, or other online video service. We cannot accept physical screeners for submission.

If selected, we will ask you to provide film/production stills and a 60-second or less clip or trailer for publicity purposes.

By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees that if selected for the festival - their film will be screened in a live venue in front of live audience.

By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees for the VASTLab to use publicity material (film, production stills, posters, clip etc.) from selected films to promote the festival in print and online.

By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

Overall Rating
  • VASTLAB is a genuine experimental film festival, with a real inventive avant-garde spirit, I'm glad be part of such high quality program! The festival's platform is also amazing, giving great visibility to filmmakers, thank you guys, keep moving!!

    November 2021
  • Maureen Zent

    VASTLAB had such an adventurous program. I was honored to have my film Whisper, Rustle included.

    November 2021
  • Sibi Sekar

    I am glad to have been a part of VASTLAB, a meticulously planned out program! A great pleasure!

    November 2021
  • We like this festival's eclectic and inclusive programming.

    November 2021
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    I am so happy to have my handpainted Direct Animation film MASS FOR SHUT-INS in this festival. VastLab really embraces the most avant-garde work out there and they project it and showcase the work in fresh ways that show a lot of love for cinema and video art. Thanks, Daniel and the crew of VASTLAB. I love this festival. It's more like a party with expanded cinema than a festival! Massive props to M. Woods and all the Vastlab team!

    February 2021