The mission of the Dallas VideoFest is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts. Dallas VideoFest is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated on April 25, 1989, under Video Association of Dallas. It began in 1986 as a weekend event, "Video As A Creative Medium," presented at the Dallas Museum of Art by independent curators Barton Weiss and John Held.
That first event, which included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists, was a great popular success, which led to the founding of the Dallas Video Festival (DVF) in 1987. Dallas VideoFest also presents the 24-Hour Video Race, North Texas Universities Film Festival, Dallas Medianale, Three Star Cinema, and other programs throughout the year.