Ae seeks to exhibit short-form experimental film and video art at a length 12 minutes or shorter. For more information and to submit your work, please visit our page on FilmFreeway.

Feel free to email if you have any questions about the submission process by sending a message to aefilmfest@gmail.com.


As many of you know, the Altered Esthetics Film Festival has championed avant-garde and experimental filmmaking since 2014. The festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, genre-expanding documentary, contemporary art practices, and avant-garde poetics. The selections of short film and video work stretch the notion of what the moving image is and can be.

We are entering our 6th season with our new Festival Director, Molly Parker Stuart, at the helm. As an interdisciplinary and film artist, she has been featured in several Ae exhibitions and was awarded a Featured Artist Award at our 2017 Film Festival. Under her direction, we look forward to continuing and growing our festival to include partnerships with local artist communities and organizations to foster diverse and inclusive practices in our programming.

In accordance with our mission, we put our artists first. We are proud to offer affordable submission fees and waivers as well as honorariums for participating filmmakers, performers, and musicians. Last year, we were awarded the MRAC Community Arts grant to produce a series of microcinemas which allowed us to share our film artists’ work with new audiences. A large part of supporting the artists we show is offering them fair compensation for their work.

We have great plans for the future of the Ae Film Festival but cannot accomplish these goals without your help. Today, we are asking our community to help us fund the 2019 Film Festival. Altered Esthetics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by a volunteer board of directors. 100% of your tax-deductible gift to Ae goes directly to the festival’s operating costs and paying participating artists. Please consider making a donation of any amount to support the future of experimental film in the Twin Cities!

We are so thankful for your gift and grateful for our dedicated community of artists and friends. You can support Altered Esthetics programming and exhibitions by donating through our secure PayPal

Read more about last year’s Film Festival