deadline: 15 December 2016

Video Art Festival Turku (VAFT)

Open call for submissions for Video Art Festival Turku (VAFT) 2017 begins on the 1st of November and ends on the 15th of December, 2016. The festival takes place in Turku, Finland from the 17th to the 21st of May, 2017. It consists of an exhibition held in the warehouses of the Old Great Square and a diverse programme in various locations around the city of Turku.

Everyone is free to submit their work to the exhibition. If you think your work is good enough, go ahead and submit it! No formal qualifications or degrees are required of the artist, the only criterion for selection is the artistic merit of the work itself.

This year we are looking for visionary art works and bold installation plans.

The juror for VAFT 2017 is Finnish media artist Salla Tykkä. A pre-selection of the works will be made by the board of Ääriö ry, the association behind the festival.

VAFT reserves the right to invite artists into the exhibition without application.


The maximum duration of the artwork is one hour (1 h).
You can only submit one (1) work.
The artwork can be single- or multi-channeled.

If your artwork is in a language other than Finnish or English, we kindly ask you to subtitle it in Finnish or English.

Please submit your work via email. Instead of attaching your work directly, include a preview link to the file (cloud sharing service, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). Please make sure that the link is valid until the end of 2016. Preferred file format: H264 / mp4.

Please fill out the submission form to be downloaded to your computer before filling it and title it with your name. You can fill the form in English or Finnish

Please include the following in your application email: a link to your work, the completed application form and 1–2 stills from the work (jpg). Send the application email to entry[at] by the 15th of December 2016. Please title your email with ENTRY + NAME OF THE ARTIST.

The artist must hold full copyright to the work or have an agreement with all copyright holders to present the work at the festival. The artists retain all rights to their work. Ääriö ry only has the right to present the work at the Video Art Festival Turku on the 17th to 21st of May 2017, unless agreed otherwise.

No entry fee is required. Travel costs for artists will not be covered by VAFT.

You will receive an email confirming your submission. The artists selected for the festival will be notified of acceptance via email by the end of March 2017. Please contact the organizers of the festival, the Ääriö ry board at info[at] with any questions.

We do a lot of collaboration within the field in Turku. We might contact you in case interesting opportunities and projects arise outside of VAFT.