Monday, February 10, 2014

Congratulations, Independent Film Award Nominees



Congratulations to the following films nominated in top categories for both Academy and Independent Spirit awards.  Your success in both worlds enriches us all:

The Act of Killing
Before Midnight
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Square
12 Years a Slave
20 Feet from Stardom

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Got Ideas?



Looking ahead to this year, we’re thinking about ways to expand our programming and fundraising, and would like to hear from you.  Let us know if you have any ideas, whether it’s to bring back something you liked from the past or do something new.  Special screenings, panels, sponsorship or partnership opportunities, contests, activities tied to particular holidays, industry events, or the Valley.... 

Or maybe you’d like to get involved with something we’re already planning.  Let us know anytime with a note to our Facebook page or an email to info@valleyfilmfest.com

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Valley Film Festival 2014 Call for Entries


North Hollywood, CA (January 15, 2014) – The Valley Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its fourteenth 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 10, 2014.


We have begun accepting short and feature-length submissions for our 2014 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 10, 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:   

January 15 - February 15, 2014 -- pay what you can
February 16 - March 31 -- $25
April 1 - May 18 -- $50
May 19 - July 31 -- $75
August 1 - August 10 -- $100

The initial submission period (January 15 to February 15) 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 November 12-16, 2014.  The tentative screening venue is the Laemmle NoHo 7, located in the San Fernando Valley.  For further details, see http://www.ValleyFilmFest.com.

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.

For more information, visit the festival website www.ValleyFilmFest.com

Or send an email to Info@ValleyFilmFest.com

And follow us on:
Twitter (@ValleyFilmFest)
Facebook (“The Valley Film Festival”)
Our blog (http://www.ValleyFilmFest.blogspot.com)


Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from the (818)!



Even in winter, the (818) is still a warm place.  To all of our friends and families around the Valley and the world, we send some of that warmth, and best wishes for a great holiday season.

Looking ahead, in early January we’ll begin accepting submissions for VFF14.  Stay tuned.


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For more on The Valley Film Festival, visit our website or Facebook page.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Valley Film Festival Concludes Its Thirteenth Season


North Hollywood, CA (November 21, 2013) – The Valley Film Festival has completed its thirteenth annual season of independent film from around the Valley and the world.  On closing night, the festival presented juried and audience awards.

Along with social events at JET Studios, the festival screened over forty films at the Laemmle NoHo 7.  These films were entertaining and provocative documentaries, fiction films, animation, experimental films, and music videos.  Nearly half were filmed in the San Fernando Valley, or had some other direct connection to it.  Eleven came from other countries including Brazil, France, Russia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates.  Nine films were World or North American premieres. 

On closing night, the festival presented the following awards:

JURIED “10 DEGREES HOTTER” AWARDS:
Short Film - MANDEVILLA (Andrew Oh)
Feature Narrative - THE GOLDEN SCALLOP (Joseph Laraja)
Feature Documentary - CINEMABILITY (Jenni Gold)

AUDIENCE AWARDS:
"Girls on Film" Shorts - TIE - OPERHATOR (Tara-Nicole Azarian) and JAMON (Iria Lopez)
Family Shorts Program - POSEY THE MOVIE (Billy DaMota)
Dramatic Shorts - DESOLATE ROAD (Marwan Abderrazzaq)
Comedy Shorts - MAN UP, LITTLE BOY (Jeffrey Williams)

Looking ahead, The Valley Film Festival will begin accepting submissions for VFF14 in January.

About Our Sponsors and Supporters:
The Valley Film Festival thanks its generous sponsors and supporters including Cine Gear Expo, Citizen L.A., Community Partners, Creative Handbook, Decor Art Galleries, Footage Firm, The Hollywood Guild, iblakestudio, JET Studios, Kirin Brewery, Laemmle Theatres, O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, PizzaRev, ProductionHub, San Fernando Valley Relics, and Video Blocks.  And we thank Gregory Laemmle, the managers, and the staff of the Laemmle NoHo 7 who made us feel welcome.  And all our volunteers, alumni judges, and filmmakers who helped make VFF13 a success.

About The Valley Film Festival:
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 and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the 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 has shown some studio productions, including BOOGIE NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA, TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE CENTER. 

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