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…
Winner Best Fiction: Monster In A Box
Directed by Noah Weisel • www.thomasfarmfilms.com
Winner Best Animation: A Guitar in the Bucket
Directed by Boyoung Kim • Film Freeway
Winner Best Documentary: The Body is a House of Familiar Rooms
Directed by Eloise Sherrid, Lauryn Welch • www.eloisesherrid.com
Winner Best Made in Michigan: The Wind That Held Us Here
Directed by Jack Cronin • www.jack-cronin.com
SPIRIT OF V&T AWARD
Filmmaker who best embodied the spirit of Vidlings & Tapeheads at the 2022 festival.
Winner Spirit of V&T: Lolo Katz Nosanchuk
Director, Before the stars were born
Honorable Mention Documentary: Bistro Girls
Directed by Jenna Marks
Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival 2022 Jury
Michael Pfaendtner spent over thirty years as a professional editor working on commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and television programs. As an independent filmmaker since 1978, he has screened his short films and documentaries at festivals around the country, where they have been audience favorites, receiving numerous awards along the way.
Professor Paul Szynol specializes in media (especially film, TV, music, photography, and art) as well as technology (especially software and open source). For nearly two decades, he has concentrated his legal practice on intellectual property matters and has worked with filmmakers, artists, tech startups, and tech multinationals. He is particularly interested in fair use. Szynol is also a filmmaker and photographer. His documentaries have been featured on the New York Times (Op-Docs), the Atlantic, and The New Yorker and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Big Sky, Clermont-Ferrand, Doc NYC, Palm Springs, Slamdance, and Toronto International Film Festival (Kids). He has participated in exhibitions at the Leica Gallery in Warsaw and the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Anna Szöllősi was born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1989. She spent her childhood in Tehran (Iran) in an artist community, where she got to know Art in its various forms and expressions. In 2019 she graduated in MA Animation at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Her short film, “Helfer” has been selected to over 75 international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand and Hiroshima Animation Season. Currently she is working, teaching, and studying in her hometown.
Lin is a writer/director, graduated from Peking University and Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage MFA. Her most recent short film CANKER, is selected by the short film competition of the 61st Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival, as a finalist of ONE’S YOUNG’s “Short Film Projects For Female Directors”. Her directing debut, Sports Day, was screened at Sitges Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, and distributed by ALTER. A BIFAN Fantastic Film School 2020 alumni.
Born in 1996 in a small town in the middle of Siberia, Daria is a (screen)writer and director. She lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany, where she’s pursuing her masters degree in theatre, film and media studies. She can’t live without cold brew lattes and her co-director Clara Jäschke. Her latest work is: Nevermind! (2021), winner of the 2021 fiction category at Vidlings & Tapeheads.
Ana Vincent is a designer and animator, currently working at the creative agency ATOMIC D, while pursuing her passions with animation and comic book writing.
Jerry White Jr.
Jerry White Jr. has been making films since he was a teenager, beginning with the public access television shows he produced and directed in his native Metro Detroit. In 2017, Jerry founded the Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival to promote unconventional storytelling and bring together eclectic, unorthodox, and progressive filmmakers, musicians, and artists. As a director, actor, and producer, Jerry has screened films at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards and securing international distribution for 20 Years of Madness, a feature film more than two decades in the making. He earned his M.F.A. in Film & Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and B.A. in German Language & Literature from Oakland University. Jerry is currently in post-production on his feature film directing debut, “Heartstorm.”
The narrative nature of With’s music led him to film. With builds film from the sound up, starting from music and sound concepts. All audio is visually represented as diegetic elements. Characters, art direction, and story grow out of the sound. His first short film, Out of Tune, reimagines a sculpture park as a field of sonic shrines in an advanced society that worships a musical chord. It tells the story of the maintenance worker who must retune the sound shrines after they’re detuned each day by sonic vandal teens. A current of absurd, dark, political humor connects With’s story telling in his film work, lyrical content, and location-based audio walks. With is currently working on a series pilot for Cecil Travels!, a fictional travel show featuring the music of cultures that evolve from the near-future climate catastrophe.