Monday, June 22, 2015

Acting, Improv & Hustling...a Free Workshop with Robert Amico

Whether you're curious or a seasoned SAG professional, join The Valley Film Festival and VFF Advisory Board member, Robert Amico, as we have fun with acting, improv, and networking with peers and colleagues. 

Participants will loosen up with some improv & talk theory exercises, and read commercial copy. We'll also review what makes a headshot stand out, hustling techniques for jobs & an agent, and most importantly, building lasting relationships in this crazy business. 

Robert Amico is a working actor and film producer with over four decades of experience. Robert studied under Lee Strasberg and Shelley Winters, and currently teaches a 3-hour Saturday morning acting class at Reactors Studio in NoHo. 

There is a limit to 20 participants, however, feel free to swing by to watch and hang out. There's no pressure.

Participants should bring their headshot, a short monologue, and confirm reservation through Eventbrite.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:30pm - Doors Open
2pm-3:30pm - Workshop

Secret Rose Theatre
11246 Magnolia Blvd. 
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Valley Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries

North Hollywood, CA (February 9, 2015) – The Valley Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its fifteenth annual season of independent films from around the Valley and the world.  The initial period is “pay what you can.”  The final deadline is August 15, 2015.

We have begun accepting short and feature-length submissions for our 2015 season.  We are seeking quality narrative / fiction films, documentaries, animation, and music videos that were produced independently anywhere in the world.  The films or filmmakers may have some connection to the San Fernando Valley area, but this is not required. 

We are accepting entries from now through August 15, with a total of five submission periods.  For each period, the application fee is the same for any film, whether short or feature-length.  Here is the schedule of dates and fees (US dollars) per film:   

February 1 - 28, 2015 -- pay what you can
March 1 - April 25, 2015  -- $25
April 26 - June 20, 2015 -- $50
June 21 - July 31, 2015 -- $75
August 1 - August 15, 2015 -- $100

The initial submission period (February 1 to February 28) is “pay what you can.”  During this time, applicants may pay whatever they like, including nothing.  If they pay little or nothing, we request that they do something additional of their own choosing that helps promote the festival. This could include, for example, “liking” the festival on Facebook, or perhaps distributing some useful information or praise via Twitter.  After this initial period, the per film entry fee then gradually increases until the final deadline in August. 

The tentative festival dates are October 28 - November 1, 2015, to be held at the Laemmle NoHo 7, located in the NoHo Arts District.  For further details, see

Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival, a project of Community Partners®, is the first and longest continually running film festival in the San Fernando Valley.  With a mission to join established filmmakers and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the VFF has screened a total of nearly 500 shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, and music videos from all over the world.  While emphasizing independent film, the festival also has occasionally shown studio productions, including Boogie Nights, Chinatown, Encino Man, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Magnolia, Terminator 2, Valley Girl, and World Trade Center. 

In addition to screenings, the festival provides educational panels, social events, and awards.  The juried "Ten Degrees Hotter" award is for one short and one feature from a competitive section.  Additionally, there is an award for short films, in the non-competitive section, as chosen by the audience.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...And That's a Wrap on VFF14

The Valley Film Festival (VFF) closes the curtain on another thought provoking, entertaining lineup of cinema so independent it could only be found in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.

ODD BRODKSY and THE GREEN GIRL took home the top Narrative and Documentary Jury Awards, respectively, while WINDS AND STRINGS snagged both the Jury and Audience Awards for short film. Additional short film Audience Award winners included: ANY OTHER FRIDAY, SPIDORA, and TRACES OF MEMORY.

Feature – ODD BRODSKY (Cindy Baer) 
Documentary - THE GREEN GIRL (George Pappy) 
Short – WINDS AND STRINGS (Ricardo Ultreras)

ANY OTHER FRIDAY (Peter Paul Basler) 
SPIDORA (Fred Olen Ray) 
WINDS AND STRINGS (Ricardo Ultreras)

The 5-day festival, which ran December 10-14 at Laemmle NoHo7, screened 45 of today’s most provocative films from 17 countries, such as Australia’s FLYBOY, the newest short film produced by Academy Award Nominee Drew Bailey (MIRACLE FISH, 2009) and BAGHDAD MESSI, a UAE-Belgium co-production, currently shortlisted for an Oscar.

With a mission further the education, production, and distribution of filmmaking in The Valley, VFF continues to promote local independent production with over fifteen films made by Angelenos, Vals, and shot in or about the glamorous San Fernando Valley this year. Valley-based filmmakers with an LA premiere were ROUTE 30 THREE, directed by John Putch (Cougar Town, Scrubs), SING YOUR OWN SONG: AN OPERA DOCUMENTARY from Anne O’Neal, and YOU OR A LOVED ONE, directed by Matt Mercer.

Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival, a non-profit project of Community Partners ®, is the first and longest continually running film festival in the San Fernando Valley. VFF has screened over 500 shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, experimental works, and music videos from around the world. While emphasizing independent film, the festival also screens studio productions, including BOOGIE NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA, TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE CENTER. In addition to screenings, the Festival provides educational panels and networking opportunities throughout the year.

Looking ahead, The Valley Film Festival will begin accepting submissions for VFF15 in January. More information available at 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The 14th Annual Valley Film Festival Closes Tomorrow

If you weren't in the crowd Friday or Saturday night, you have one more day to catch great indie cinema in the glamorous (818). Take a peak at what you're missing:



Friday, December 12, 2014

Win a DVD Courtesy of 1st Sight Films by Attending The Valley Film Festival

The team behind Love at First Sight is collecting pictures of people wearing Love at First Sight pin badges from around the world and would be over the moon to have VFF14 patrons participate...especially if you're in love! They will pick one photo per month...maybe the most romantic, maybe to the funniest, or just to someone they'd like to surprise. 

(1) Attend The Valley Film Festival, now through December 14, and pick up your pin at our will-call table. 
(2) Take a picture of you with your pin in front of the festival step and repeat
(3) Post the picture on the Love at First Sight Facebook page (don't forget to tagThe Valley Film Festival)

Love at First Sight will re-post the pictures and will send at least one FREE DVD per month.