About

“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

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.

VTFF2018 will take place on July 27th & 28th. The festival will feature Live Music Performances, an Art Exhibition, and of course — lots of Films! July 29th will cap the weekend with a filmmaker and VIP-only Award Ceremony Brunch & Excursion.

VTFF2017 Picture Parade

2017 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival Highlights

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

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 the 28th. 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.

Amicci’s Pizza Party at the Ghost Light Bar during VTFF2017

Our main events will 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!

“The guys behind Vidlings pulled off something quite remarkable…a first year festival with a line-up of work, atmosphere, and experience years beyond any other first year. Excited for them to return!”
—Alex Gasparetto, VTFF2017 alum