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Since its premiere in 2001, alongside the grand reopening of Pacific Theatres at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, The Valley Film Festival holds the proud title of being the first film festival in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. Our mission is to further the education, production, and distribution of filmmaking in The Valley, with a goal of bringing together established filmmakers, emerging talent, and their audiences on the studio backlot - just North of Hollywood.


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

A recap of our 2012 Oscars Party: ...

Some Notes on the Voting Process for Film Awards

With the climax of movie awards season nearly upon us, here’s our look at one person's experience with voting for awards and other film selection processes: ...

What We Did While You Were at Sundance

Some things we've been working on: ...

Our Oscars Party and First Submissions Deadline

Some announcements for February: ...

A Place in L.A. for South East European Cinema: Talking With Festival Director Vera Mijojlic

Our recent interview with festival director Vera Mijojlic: ...

George Pappy, Part I: Making His Feature Film “Few Options”

The first part of my interview with George Pappy, director of "Few Options," which has recently gotten distribution via Amazon and Showtime: ...

The Valley Film Festival 2012 Call for Entries - FREE Through 2/11

See our announcement on our blog: ...

The Valley Film Festival Concludes Its Eleventh Season

For festival wrapup and awards announcement, see our blog: ...

NBC LA Gives Us Some Coverage

Got some nice publicity from NBC: ...

What They’re Saying about Some Films We'll Be Showing

Commentary by filmmakers and critics on some of the films we'll be screening, beginning Friday: ...

Three to See at VFF11

Discusses three feature-length films showing at VFF11, in just a few days: ...

One of the VFF11 Films: George Bradshaw on “Public Museum”

An interview with one of our filmmakers: ...

Party Like It’s the Valley: Social Events for VFF11

Social events / parties for next week: ...

Countown to VFF11...T-Minus 13 Days

An update on the upcoming VFF, less than two weeks away.  "Bad Actress" is almost sold out, so act quickly if you want to see it in the Valley. ...

Announcing The Valley Film Festival’s 2011 Program

See our announcement on our official blog: ...

Countdown to VFF11: T-Minus 40 Days...Short Films From A to Z

The short films we'll be showing at the VFF in November: ...

Keeping it Personal at Shriekfest: Denise Gossett on Running a Successful Independent Film Festival

By James Latham   Based here in L.A., the Shriekfest Film Festival specializes in horror, thrillers, Sci Fi, and fantasy films.  In addition to showing shorts and features, Shriekfest also has award categories for screenplays and filmmakers under eighteen.  I recently spoke with Denise Gossett, who founded Shriekfest eleven years ago and continues to run the festival, which takes place this year from September 29th to October 2nd.  I wanted to learn more ...

Countdown to VFF11...T-Minus 54 Days: Curating a Festival Program

For the last 3 months, more than 25 volunteers have dedicated their time to view short films, in a group with their peers, or watch features at home. For details on the selection process, go to the full blog posting: ...

If You Like Sports of Any Kind, Here’s a Festival for You

By James Latham Pat Battistini runs the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival here in the San Fernando Valley.  The festival’s third annual screenings will be at the El Portal Theater on November 11 – 13th, the same time we will be at the Whitefire Theatre.  Altogether, it should be a great filmgoing weekend in the Valley. The All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival promotes the art of screenwriting and filmmaking in the world of sports and competition.  It is one...

“’Their real influence is their own imaginations’: Dorothy Supri on the International Student Film Festival Hollywood”

By James Latham Young filmmakers today have more and better opportunities than ever to make movies and get them seen. At the VFF, we’ve screened some films made by teenagers, while other festivals are solely devoted to the work of young filmmakers. Recently I spoke with Dorothy Supri, who, along with Robin Saban, runs the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. For nine years, the ISFFH has screened a wide range of works by students from all over the world. I wanted...

Countdown to VFF11...T-Minus 100 Days!

It's that time of year again...the countdown to The Valley Film Festival's opening night: 11.11.11. In addition to it being International Spinal Tap Day ("The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven...") it's the 11th Annual Valley Film Festival. Kismet! There's still time for you to submit a short or feature, in any genre. The VFF11 call-for-entries is open through August 15th. The VFF11 program will be ann...

On the Road in Morocco: An Interview with Sébastien Rossi

For the full interview, go to: ...

Someone Forgot to Update VFF's Fest21 Blog...Ooops

Hey Filmmakers & Film Lovers:   Looks like someone forgot to update our Fest21 blog. Oopsie! We've been keeping ourselves busy and the next time you see we've fallen asleep on Fest21, give us a kick in the caboose elsewhere on the web:   On Facebook, like us here:   Tweet with us here:   Browse our festival photos here: ...

FREE Submissions to VFF11 Through 2/28

Don't know why we forgot to broadcast on our Fest21 blog, but we did....   Our 2011 Call-for-Entries is up & running with FREE submissions through 2/28:   Join us! ...

It Happened in The Valley...Casablanca via Van Nuys

When The Valley Film Festival was first founded, one of the main reasons was to correct cinema history. Sort of. For instance, when you think of the classic film Casablanca, you think "Hollywood" when you should be thinking Burbank and Van Nuys...The Valley! When Isla's plane takes off, leaving a broken-hearted Rick behind on the airstrip in Casablanca, it wasn't from the comforts of the Warner Bros. lot like the rest of the Burbank...but what is now the Van Nuys...


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