Located in the heart of the Midwest, VidWest is a noncompetitive film festival for musicians, filmmakers and anyone who loves to party. The fest offers a weekend exhibition of music and music videos in the arts district of Columbia, Missouri. Our focus is on connecting musicians and videographers, bringing our community together, and celebrating the art of music videos from all over the world.

Founded by a local collective of Missouri artists, entrepreneurs and teachers, the first annual VidWest Festival offers live screenings of music videos in nontraditional spaces. For one weekend the festival transforms coffee shops, art galleries, a brewery and other local businesses into interactive venues for people to enjoy films, strike up conversations and shake their booty.

(Columbia, Missouri is a 1.5 hour drive from both Saint Louis and Kansas City airports.)

A select number of musicians and filmmakers will receive free lodging and meals, in addition to having their video screened live at the festival.

All submissions must be original works of their creators. "Unofficial" music videos are not accepted without the band's explicit permission.

Overall Rating
  • It was a really nice experience, the staff made us feel really welcomed since the moment we arrived. Every person involved in this festival worked great on getting us artists engaged with each other, and the overall organization of everything was swell.

    June 2018
  • Yuval Haker

    I had the time of my life, thanks for screening my film! The festival took such good care of the film-makers and it was really cool moving around between venues and experiencing Columbia. Highly recommended.

    June 2018
  • Jeanna Ross

    Could not have asked for a better festival. I had an amazing time, everything went very smooth, I got to network with a lot of artists and the hospitality was above and beyond. I will be definitely submitting/attending annually.

    June 2018
  • Matthew Schacht

    Attending vidwest was an amazing experience. I will definitely be back for next year.

    June 2018