“Dream festival! The care behind the curation of this fest shows tremendously. It’s run by passionate people with great taste and an eye for interesting and artistic projects. I love that they also have fine art and live music. If you’re from out of town, ATTEND! Detroit and this festival share an independent spirit for the arts that you can’t get anywhere else.”
—Elaine Strutz, VTFF2018 alum

Vidlings & Tapeheads is dedicated to promoting unconventional stories in film, music, and art.

The Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival is looking for films with a unique voice that tell stories in an unusual way, experiment with the medium, or explore eclectic subject matter and themes. We encourage and celebrate subversiveness, innovative use of materials and budget, and quirky independent work that doesn’t fit comfortably within any one genre.

A continued Covid-19 lockdown notwithstanding, VTFF2021 will take place in Hamtramck, Michigan on October 8th & 9th. The festival will feature Live Music Performances, an Art Exhibition, and of course — lots of Films! October 10th will cap the weekend with a filmmaker and VIP-only Award Ceremony Brunch & Excursion.

VTFF2018 Picture Parade

Our opening night kickoff party will feature live music performances, a filmmaker social, and free food from local vendors. The film screenings are all day Saturday. Four short film blocks will screen in the following categories: Made in Michigan, Animation, Documentary, and Fiction. There will be live music and filmmaker Q&As between each film block. Festival attendees will be able to take in our art exhibition throughout the day and mingle with local artists and filmmakers. The night will wrap with a party set to the closing night bands. Sunday’s Award Ceremony Brunch and Excursion is closed to the public, but available for VIP Passholders, volunteers, performing musicians, artists, and the filmmakers themselves.

VTFF2017 Picture Parade

“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

Our main events in Michigan take place at Planet Ant Hall and its adjoining Ghost Light bar in Hamtramck, Michigan. Throughout its 20 years, Planet Ant has produced film festivals, improv festivals, Detroit Box Fests, and hosted events by The 313 and other renowned local and national artists. Hamtramck is a vital part of the resurgent Detroit cultural scene and has long been recognized as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the metro area!

Interested in submitting your film? Check out our FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS page for more information on the kind of program we aim to curate!

“Great music, fantastic films and oddball attendees, it was a truly satiating experience.”
—LS Quigley, VTFF2017 alum