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
Opening Night Special Selections + Party + Live Music!
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
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
Our fest focuses on unconventional storytelling in film + music + art, with each year organically developing its own vibe and emergent themes. I’m excited to check out the music Seraphine Collective has curated and see the artists Alana has gathered for this year’s exhibition. I’m extremely proud of our short film lineup and thrilled that we’re screening two features this year—plus we have so many premieres! All told, there are forty-four films screening and thirty of them are being shown in Michigan for the first time!! That includes our fiction program which is entirely comprised of Michigan premieres. We also have the most out-of-state visitors coming in this year, including programmers, filmmakers, film-lovers, and friends of the fest!
Thank you for sharing both this experience and this space with us. Watching films, listening to music, and engaging with art in real-life 3D meatspace is meaningful and powerful. A live event is a special thing—ephemeral and utterly unique, requiring us to leave cozy couches and beckoning beds, braving roads and the elements to show up and stick around. This is how relationships are forged and maintained, and it’s how communities come together and grow.
Vidlings & Tapeheads is a labor of love and I’m thankful for everyone who helps or hangs out: I couldn’t do it without you—and I wouldn’t want to do it without you.
—Jerry White Jr. | Festival Director
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…
Vidlings Chorus 2019
Created by Jerry White Jr.
Edited by Andy Menko
Written & Performed by
Jerry White Jr. & Andy Menko
VTFF2019 Logo & Monos Art
Drawn by Julia Stephenson