North Hollywood, CA - The Valley Film Festival (VFF) lowered the curtain on another showcase of thought provoking cinema so independent it could only be found in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.
DIRTY BEAUTIFUL and SLINGSHOT took home the top Narrative and Documentary Jury Awards, respectively, while FRUITCAKE and NUMBER 2: I AM MARILYN tied for the juried short film. Additional short film Audience Award winners included: DOG BOWL, PRETTY GOOD DAY, and TOM IN AMERICA.
JURIED “10 DEGREES HOTTER” AWARDS:
Feature – DIRTY BEAUTIFUL (Tim Bartell)
Documentary - SLINGSHOT (Paul Lazarus)
Short – FRUITCAKE (Sarah Baker and Seth Sherwood)
Tied with – NUMBER 2: I AM MARILYN (JC Falcon)
DOG BOWL (Gordy Hoffman)
PRETTY GOOD DAY (Beth Einhorn)
TOM IN AMERICA (Flavio Alves)
The 5-day festival, which ran October 21-25 at Laemmle NoHo7, opened with a special screening of FORBIDDEN ZONE (Richard Elfman), complete with pre-show, and screened 40 of today’s most provocative films from 9 countries, including Afghanistan, Italy, and Serbia to name a few.
With a mission further the education, production, and distribution of filmmaking in The Valley, VFF continues to promote local independent production with over eighteen films made by Angelenos, Vals, and shot in or about the glamorous San Fernando Valley this year. Local films with LA premieres included BONED, THE WRISTWATCH, FRUITCAKE, MARILYN & I, and PRETTY GOOD DAY.
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 VFF16 in January. More information available at ValleyFilmFest.com