Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Vidlings & Tapeheads has been on a corona-induced hiatus, our 2020 fest pushed to 2021, but I want to make clear to our community that we unequivocally stand with Black Lives Matter, recognizing and condemning the ongoing police brutality and systemic racism against black and brown people in the United States.

V&T promotes underrepresented voices in film, music, and art—this is core to our mission—but I know we can do better. Black voices are too often marginalized and minimized in film in particular. According to a UCLA Social Sciences study on Hollywood Diversity in 2018, “[of] 151 broadcast, cable, and digital shows from the 2015-2016 season, people of color held only 13.9% percent of lead film roles, 12.6% percent of director roles, and 8.1% percent as film writers (Hunt et. al., 2018).

Over the past month I’ve been educating myself more thoroughly on these issues and agree that it is not enough to be non-racist, one must be anti-racist. Implicit bias is real and requires education and introspection, among other things, to recognize and combat. Systemic racism is by definition entrenched and will require all of our sustained efforts to dismantle.

Below are just a few resources (which include links to many more) for education on these issues as well as opportunities for action. V&T is investigating initiatives and best practices so that we can further promote diversity and equality in our programming. We must all challenge ourselves to explore and evolve for the sake of the one world we all share.

Jerry White Jr.
Founder and Director, Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival

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VTFF2019 Award Winners

VTFF2018 Award Winners

VTFF2019 is over—long live VTFF2019!! After much consideration and deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s fest!

We had a fantastic slate of forty-one short films in competition from around the world—including our Made in Michigan program highlighting homegrown talent. We’re so thankful to have had the opportunity to share all of these films with our audience and are excited to see our alumni’s future projects. Many thanks to our programmers and jury for their curation and dedication to promoting unconventional stories. Prizes have been generously provided by Final Draft, Wacom, ProAm USA, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, ToonBoom, FXHome and Red Giant!!

And now for the WINNERS…

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VTFF2019 Trailer

Vidlings Chorus 2019
Created by Jerry White Jr.

VTFF2019 Trailer
Edited by Andy Menko

Enkowh
Written & Performed by
Jerry White Jr. & Andy Menko

VTFF2019 Logo & Monos Art
Drawn by Julia Stephenson