VTFF2021 Award Winners

VTFF2021 Award Winners

VTFF2021 featured a slate of thirty-eight short films from around the world—thirty-one of which were Michigan Premieres! 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 storytelling. Filmmaker prizes this year have been prodigiously provided by Final Draft and FXHome.

And now—the WINNERS…

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Vidlings & Tapeheads Encore!

8:00PM Friday, October 22nd 2021

Approx. 80 mins

This is exciting as fuck—join us for a program of amazing short films selected from the first three years of the Vidlings & Tapeheads Festival!! Funny, irreverant, spooky, and bizarre—a perfect vibe for a Friday night in October!

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VTFF2021 | Year Four!!!!

VTFF2021 Year 4

Join us Friday & Saturday, October 22–24 for Year 4 of the VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL!!

“This was one of the most awesome film festival experiences I’ve ever had!”
—Catya Plate, VTFF2018 alum

Friday 10/22

Opening Night Special Selections + Party + Live Music!

Saturday 10/23

Our Official Selections, Four Blocks of Mixed-Genre Films with a total of 38 Shorts screened throughout the day (Made in Michigan, Fiction, Documentary, and Animation). Plus a Pizza Party and Closing Night Party with Live Music!

Sunday 10/24: Award Ceremony Brunch and Excursion

VIP, Filmmaker, and Musician Passholders Only

Full schedule coming soon—tickets on sale NOW!



“VTTF was an amazing festival that has everything you can ask for if you’re looking for a unique festival experience. Not only the film curation was fascinating but the combination of music and art from the opening night till the end kept me excited throughout!”
–Jung-Ah Kim, VTFF2019 alum

“This was one of the best film festival experiences I’ve had so far! Amazing line-up of films, great location, and wonderful people running the event.”
—Chelsey Knapp, VTFF2017 alum

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