Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Special Screening of Alumni Films

Some of our alumni have banded together to throw their very own screening of VFF classics:

Saturday, March 31, 2012
4:30 pm until 6:00 pm

J.E.T. Studios
5126 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA  91601

They’re screening a series of comedy, drama, and suspense trailers and shorts and would love to have anyone whose interested join them.  The screening will last about an hour and will be a great chance to see current independent work, catch up, and network.

Featuring works by Leor Baum, Sahag Gureghian, Ashley Cozine, Michael Schindler, Avi Glijansky, Matthew Hickman, and more as seen at festivals including The Valley Film Festival, Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, Gig Harbor Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and the Park City Film Music Festival.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

"The Color Purple" in Los Angeles via New York

Our friends at The New York Times Film Club are at it again! This time they're premiering the digital master of The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg

The screening is preceded by a conversation with director, T.J. Martin, who just snagged himself an Academy Award this year for the documentary, Undefeated, and includes a cocktail reception.

Did we mention that it's FREE to friends of VFF? If you went to the screening of Doctor Zhivago last Spring and know what an amazing experience these screenings are, please consider joining The New York Times Film Club

To RSVP, please email and mention that you heard about the screening through The Valley Film Festival.

Thursday, March 15th
6-7pm - Cocktail reception
7pm - Screening

The Landmark
10850 West Pico Blvd. (@ Westwood Blvd.)
Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 10 Countries Checking VFF Out

As a boutique festival, with a local niche, we love learning about you -- our filmmakers and fans. This week, we took a closer look at where you're from. Or, at least where your ISP address is located. We're thrilled that we're reaching far & wide and look forward to meeting you at VFF12.

VFF WEBSITE          VS.          VFF BLOG
10 - Belgium                                10 - Netherlands

9 - Argentina                                9 - India

8 - India                                        8 - Indonesia

7 - Peru                                         7 - Brazil

6 - Spain                                       6 - Italy

5 - Germany                                 5 - Germany

4 - Turkey                                    4 - Canada

3 - Canada                                  3 - United Kingdom

2 - United Kingdom                   2 - Turkey

1 - United States                        1 - United States

Thursday, March 1, 2012

We’d Like to Thank the Academy—and You—for Our Oscars Party Success

By James Latham

We had a great time at our Oscars Party last weekend.  There was terrific turnout and fun for all who came to eat, drink, and watch the event live on a big screen.  It was fun to see old friends and meet new ones.  The Oscars bingo was a hit, with winners receiving DVDs from the Criterion Collection. 

Congratulations to VFF alum Octavia Spencer, winner of Best Supporting Actress for The Help:

In 2008, we screened her film Pretty Ugly People, also written / directed by Tate Taylor:

Thanks to our sponsors:  The Whitefire Theatre for hosting, San Fernando Valley Relics for the pizza, Kirin Brewery for beverages, the Criterion Collection for the DVDs, and the Dixie Canyon PTA for use of its parking lot. 

And thanks to our many community sponsors for displaying our ads:

Decor Art Galleries (Studio City)
JET Studios (NoHo)
Two Road Theatre (Studio City) (NoHo)
Fast Signs (Studio City)
Cabana Liquor (Sherman Oaks)
Sweet Harts (Sherman Oaks)
Aroma Cafe (Studio City)
Caioti Pizza (Studio City)
Solley's Restaurant & Deli (Sherman Oaks)
Vitello's Express (Sherman Oaks)
The Newstand (Van Nuys)
Good Service Mobile (Toluca Lake)

Finally, please note that we are accepting submissions for VFF12 until mid-July.  Currently, the fee is $25 per film; this goes up to $50 on April 1st.  For details, see our website.