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 5th annual VASTLAB Experimental 2023 running Dec 7-9, 2023 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
  • Joey Bargsten

    Wonderful festival—it's an honor to be invited!

    January 2023
  • Can Ege İlhan

    I am very proud to be part of the Vastlab. A unique, riveting, and intriguing selection of films.

    November 2022
  • Timothy Feeney

    VASTLAB is a great grassroots festival and event, and it was a delight to be part of such a varied and forward-thinking program.

    November 2022
  • Alexandre Dacosta

    An honor that my short film [technopoetics] was selected and screened at this year's VastLab. Showing my poetic criations in the form of object-poems and graphic poetry outside Brazil is a great joy.

    November 2022
  • Caren Messing

    VASTLAB Experimental is a wonderful Festival and I wholeheartedly recommend submitting to it.
    I am honored that my short musical film “Swimming Upstream” was selected and loved the Director Q&A’s. Although I could not attend in person, I appreciate the spirit of the festival and networked with other festival participants. I am really appreciative.
    Cheers! Keep On Keepin’’ On VASTLAB !

    November 2022