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:

Short Film - MANDEVILLA (Andrew Oh)
Feature Narrative - THE GOLDEN SCALLOP (Joseph Laraja)
Feature Documentary - CINEMABILITY (Jenni Gold)

"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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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

International Films at VFF 2013

Here are our films this year from around the world.  Click below for info on each film, including trailers and advance tickets; and on our Program page for the full schedule.

DUBUS – Russia
LINEAR – Brazil
MURK LIGHT – United Arab Emirates

Made in the US, but with cross-cultural themes:
INNOCENT BLOOD – Korean-American culture
MANDEVILLA – Korean-American culture
VIRGINITY – Islamic culture


Check out our website , Facebook page, and VFF13 festival trailer.  

Screenings will be at the Laemmle NoHo 7, an all digital, state of the art facility in North Hollywood (5240 Lankershim Blvd.).