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 ValleyFilmFest.com 

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