VTFF2023 Hiatus

Greetings all! Festival director Jerry White Jr. here—it’s been a minute!

Last year we celebrated our FIFTH annual festival and said goodbye to our venue in Michigan. Ant Hall & Ghost Light in Hamtramck were dream venues—and we hope to return with special screenings in the future—but we felt it was time to move the fest for a number of reasons. The primary being: I don’t live in Michigan and the commute from LA was getting more difficult to manage. Also, since I’m not local, I’m not there year-round to promote the fest, which hurt our attendance and ability to engage the local creative community.

So VTFF2023 was to take place in Taipei, Taiwan! Yes—an even further commute from LA, but I have been in Asia since the beginning of the year while I edit my feature directing debut, Heartstorm. However my team and I in Taiwan were unable to secure a venue. I won’t be back stateside until the end of the year, so we made the decision to go on hiatus.

How long will the hiatus be? Good question. My current goal is to have our sixth edition of the fest in Los Angeles in the fall of 2024. I have a venue in mind as well as local collaborators on standby. If all goes well, we’ll open for submissions in late winter.

Five years is a great run and I’m proud of all of the films, music, and art we shared. THANK YOU to our wonderful group of programmers, coordinators, everyone at Planet Ant, sponsors, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audience over the years. I’m honored to have shared space with you all—we created memories and made relationships that will stand the test of time.

Hope to see you in 2024! In the meantime, keep living and loving and creating!!

Jerry White Jr.
Festival Director

Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival 2022 Wrap-Up

Five years! I’ve been told that’s a rare milestone in the film festival landscape—that the vast majority of fests never make it to a fifth year. And while I don’t know if we’ll make it to ten (or nine, or seven), I’m feeling pretty good about what we’ve accomplished so far.

VTFF2022 Award Winners

VTFF2022 featured twenty-nine in-competition short films from around the world, twenty 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, Videomaker, and Toon Boom Animation.

And now, the WINNERS…

30 Years of Madness



Celebrate the 30 YEAR Anniversary of the Metro Detroit Public Access Cult TV Show 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS and the 10 YEAR Anniversary of the feature documentary about the show and its cast, 20 YEARS OF MADNESS—SO MANY NUMBERS!!

Approx. 120 mins, followed by Q&A

VTFF2022 Trailer

Vidlings Chorus
Created by Jerry White Jr.
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Wiener Akademie Kammerchor; Ferdinand Grossmann

VTFF2022 Trailer
Edited by Andy Menko & Jerry White Jr.

Composed by Jerrry White Jr.

VTFF2022 Logo & Monos Art
Alana Carlson