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Established in 2010 in New York City, the Video Art & Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF) introduces New York audiences every fall to the most conceptually and aesthetically arresting video art and experimental film from around the world. Since its inception, VAEFF has embraced a boundary-expanding spectrum of work, incorporating genres such as fashion film, documentary, and music video in its yearly selections.

VAEFF 2018 will run for three days between November 8 and 10 at the Tribeca Film Center and DCTV in NYC. The festival will conclude with a screening of that year’s top works, followed by a gala reception where artists, panelists, and the general public will enjoy food, an open bar and a live performance.

VAEFF 2017 Overview

The seventh annual Video Art & Experimental Film Festival spanned three days at the Tribeca Film Center and DCTV, featuring screenings, Q&A sessions, and a final gala reception. It presented its third year of the “Beauty, Sex & Shame” program, and debuted the “On the Margins” program, as well as the “Fashion Film – The New Wave” program, guest curated by Niccolo Montanari, one of the genre’s top curators. In addition to the official selection, VAEFF invited to the screenings a number of prominent figures of the art, film, and media worlds. The resulting lineup was a captivating roster of both established and emerging artists from around the globe.

View VAEFF 2017 Gallery

The Olympia Project

The Olympia Project

The Olympia Project debuted in 2015 as an addition to VAEFF’s successful “Beauty, Sex, & Shame” program. In November 2016, the first event of The Olympia Project took place at VAEFF’s annual closing Gala, where the audience was invited into a reconstruction of an 1850’s brothel and became immersed in an interactive performance with artists, courtesans, and influencers. The project scope has since been expanded and is now an independent project in its own right. We are proud to announce that, the host of VAEFF, is now home to The Olympia Project.

Fashion Film - The New Wave

In recent years, fashion film has gravitated toward the conceptual, eventually evolving into an art form in its own right. VAEFF has recognized the phenomenon of this new wave of fashion film and has included the genre in its selections for several years now.

Last year, VAEFF was excited to present its newest program: Fashion Film – The New Wave, put together by guest curator Niccolo Montanari, one of fashion film’s most prominent curators.


On The Margins

The On The Margins Program features a collection of work from different genres, all with the common thread of existing on the margins of society, space, and the human spirit.


Beauty, Sex & Shame

For the fourth year, VAEFF will present “Beauty, Sex & Shame,” a program examining the interplay of beauty, sexual representation, and shame as expressed through art, fashion, and music videos. The works span from sexually provocative rebellion in the new digital age to intimate personal encounters with patriarchal and religious dogmas.

VAEFF 2016 Venues 
Tribeca Film Center
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)


Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery


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