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


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

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

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