The "How To" Video Festival!

Screening: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 - Noon till 2:00pm Arlington Central Library - FREE TIX

The How To Video Fest

FREE SCREENING: Sat., Dec 2 (12:00 Noon until 2pm) - Arlington Central Library
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Long ago, when the Earth was new, if you didn’t know how to change a flat tire, you called your dad or AAA and waited, shivering and lonely, by the side of the road. Now, you get out your phone, search YouTube, learn and are on your merry, spare-tired way. The life-altering art of video instruction is being celebrated at the first-ever Arlington “How To” Video Festival
                                                                                     -The Washington Post Express (11/10/2016)

Arlington Arts is now accepting submissions for its second annual "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. The call is open to amateurs and professionals alike. Limit of one entry per person or group. Participants under 18 years of age will be required to provide written parental consent. Please see full contest rules here:


Katelyn Attanasio - Arlington Public Library Maker Librarian.
Paul Shortt - Arlington Cultural Affairs New Media Curator


$250 Best Video Prize provided by the Friends of the Arlington Library, as well as an award for the Best "How To Library" video.

A $250 People's Choice Award will also be provided by LMO.

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: November 1, 2017 at midnight (11:59 p.m.) 

Notification date: Mid-November 2017

Screening files due: November 20, 2017

Festival: December 2, 2017 at Arlington Central Library from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 p.m.

The "How To" Video Festival will take place on December 2, 2017 at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA, 22201 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 Friends of the Arlington Library in recognition of creativity and effective communication. A People's Choice Award of $250 also will be provided by LMO.