The "How To" Video Festival Call for Entries

Deadline: October 7, 2016 by Midnight

The How To Video Fest

Arlington Arts is now accepting submissions for its first "How To" Video Festival featuring screenings of instructional videos that are informative and entertaining. Makers, artists, amateurs and professionals of all types are encouraged to create and submit videos on any subject that teach, inform and entertain. For example, how to... make tea, vote, drive a car, plant a tree, fix a watch, take a selfie, etc.

This call is open to residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC aged 10 years or older, and is intended for amateurs and professionals alike. Limit of one entry per person or group. Please read and download full contest rules here: Arlington Arts How to Video Festival Contest Rules.


Gareth Branwyn - freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media, author/editor of a dozen books on DIY and geek culture
Paul Shortt - Arlington Cultural Affairs New Media Curator


$250 Best Video Prize provided by LMO.

A People's Choice Award of three months of membership and two classes is also provided by TechShop DC-Arlington.

How To Apply:

There is no fee to submit. All videos must be 5 minutes or shorter. Applications and links to video must be submitted through Slideroom ( Applicants must upload their video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide a link. 

Videos cannot publicly endorse any store, restaurant, brand, company or politician. All must be original works. Since these videos are primarily for entertainment purposes, participants should consider this factor when submitting.

Participants will be required to provide a downloadable video file that is widescreen (16x9), in a .MOV format.

Important Dates:

Call for Entries Deadline: October 17, 2016 at midnight (11:59 p.m.) 

Notification date: Mid-October 2016

Screening files due: October 27, 2016 

Festival: November 12, 2016 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The "How To" Video Festival will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington, VA, 22209 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Admission will be free! More info coming soon!


The How-To Video Festival is presented by Arlington Arts, the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs. The contest and associated $250 prize are proudly sponsored by LMO in recognition of creativity and effective communication. A People's Choice Award of three months of membership and two classes is also provided by TechShop DC-Arlington.