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The Valley Film Festival

The Valley Film Festival Concludes Its Twelfth Season, Announces Award Winners

Our wrapup press release for VFF12:  ...

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: ...

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...

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...

Sundance Bound? So Are We!

Just a quick shout out to find out who is heading to Park City this week for Sundance.  The Valley Film Festival will be there in a few short hours and we'd love to meet up with you.   Our no-fee submission period opens 2/1 but if you find us at Sundance, we'll take your film on the spot! To make it even easier, we're inviting a few industry pals to join us for coffee at our condo on Saturday (1/22) at 9:30am. If you're around and would like to join, please contact us at info@...

It Happened in The Valley...The Birthplace of California

The Valley Film Festival has always celebrated The Valley for all of its contributions, so we've decided to blog about them too! Our "It Happened in The Valley..." posts will point out the overlooked treasures of the fabulous (818)! Like, did you know that The Valley is the birthplace of California as a state? Directly across from Universal Studios, and hidden behind native plants, sits Campo De Cahuenga, where on January 13, 1847 General Andres Pico (Mexico) and Lt. Col. ...

How to get views on YouTube

How did they get famous on YouTube? More about the film here: Rent the whole film on YouTube now for only $2.99: Butterflies is a feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on the video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The f...

Know of a No Fee Festival? VFF Wants to Know!

The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is currently working on an article about "no fee" call-for-entries to coincide with our month-long free submission period in January 2011.   VFF is looking for other film festivals --- all over the world --- who have a gratis submission policy. Whether it's a short/specific time frame (like VFF), or fee waivers for volunteers who work X amount of hours, or if it's always free to submit and everything in between. Please share the wealth. ...

VFF10: The Valley Film Festival in Review

Our tireless editor, James Latham, updated The Valley Film Festival blog during the festival with reviews, musings, and our VFF10 award winners.   VFF10 Day One ~ Festival Launch Party/Meet The Filmmakers   VFF10 Day Two ~ First Day of Screenings   VFF10 Day Three ~ Second Day of...

Butterflies at The Valley Film Festival tonight at 7PM - article

The screening of the Award winning film about YouTubers takes place tonight at 7PM at The Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles. To find our more about the film, read today's article on  Looking forward to seeing you here: Valley Film Festival Saturday, November 13 @ 7:00pm CAP Theatre 13752 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  Want to know more about the documentary? Click here ...

The Valley Film Festival wants to know...Who's at AFM?

The Valley Film Festival wants to know if you're in L.A. and in Santa Monica and at AFM. Is this your first time? Have you attended several times? Let us know what you're doing there and what's shaking on the floor or in the lobby!     ...

The Valley Film Festival ~ "10 Degrees Hotter" Short FIms

From musicals (Sudden Death) to music videos (My Southern Can is Mine), to thrillers (Love Me Tender) and thrills (52 Takes of the Same Thing, Then Boobs), to local gems and foreign finds, The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival has a varied selection of short films competing for the coveted 10 Degrees Hotter award.  (Please note that these short films precede our feature films and do not screen in a single program.) ...

NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010

 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

The Valley Film Festival ~ Narrative Features

The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival presents a series of three narrative feature films. Ranging from psychological thrillers (The Commune) to tense drama (Boiler Room) to a coming-of-age comedy (Driver's Ed Mutiny), these films showcase independent filmmakers from The Valley and other L.A. environs.    THE COMMUNE (Elisabeth Fies) When Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) has to spend summer vacation with deadbeat dad (Stuart G. Bennett) on his creepy commun...

The Valley Film Festival ~ Documentary Features

The 2010 Valley Film Festival presents documentary features on topics ranging from our forgotten heroes (Home from the War) to YouTube celebrities (Butterflies) and The Valley's other film industry (Paid for Pain: The Making of a Bondage Video).  VFF is proud to showcases the work of filmmakers all from the San Fernando Valley! Go (818)!  For this series of spotlights, we asked the filmmakers to tell us how they chose their subject and why it was important to share. For their a...

Countdown To VFF10...T-Minus 10 Days!

We're almost there! Can you feel the excitement through your computer? In 10 days, we'll be holding court at the historic El Portal Theatre, and here's your official invitation! To start off the magical day, join us for our mini-expo: The 1st Annual Valley Indie Filmmaker Expo Presented by AVS   To celebrate 10 years of showcasing independent cinema, The Valley Film Festival has teamed up with Advantage Video Systems (AVS) to launch The 1st Annual Valley In...

Lives of YouTube “Weblebrities” Chronicled in Upcoming Documentary

Meet six folks in the feature documentary “Butterflies” who share the common goal of becoming Internet sensations via YouTube. Each real-life character in the documentary has made a presence online with thousands of subscribers following their daily lives and video blogs.  The Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles, California is presenting “Butterflies” this fall on November 13th, 2010 at 7pm in the CAP theater in Sherman Oaks. “This opportunity to showcase YouTube on a b...

The Valley Film Festival "Girls on Film" Shorts Program

The Valley Film Festival presents its tenth annual "Girls on Film" program of short films. Amour, wit, identity loss and a roaming bull prove there's more behind these shorts then the "double X" factor--there's talent and passion.     Gina Ronhovde makes a political statement with BEREFT LEFT: A VERY BRIEF, VERY AMERICAN TALE. A college student tries to cure himself of his left-handed orientation and attempts to live a right-handed lifestyle. BEYOND...

The Valley Film Festival ~ Comedy Shorts Program

The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival is pleased to present a diverse program of comedic short films. From a group of children who finally get revenge on a mean, old lady to a wannabe French rapper who stumbles onto something big, from imaginary friends to confessions from best friends, these films are short in length but big on laughs.  Alex Berger directs three long-time friends who confess their hidden lives around a BBQ. Wannabe rap...

The Valley Film Festival ~ Dramatic Short Film Program

The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival presents a program of dramatic short films on a variety of subjects. All of the films make powerful statements, exploring love, forgiveness, friendship, music and politics--providing a stirring experience. Director Mateo Hobbs delves into the AFTER LIFE with his short film. Michael Paton is dead, with no recollection as to why. Separated by death, Michael's body and soul have to work together to salvage what redemption they have left. FRAGILE come...

The Valley Film Festival ~ Documentary Short Subject Program

Nonfiction film is an art in itself. Trying to find a common thread to program a documentary showcase around is also an art. The Valley Film Festival took an unorthodox artistic approach and programmed four very different films that have absolutely nothing in common, other than being kick ass and entertaining. Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges, co-directors of ASTRONAUT PAM: COUNTDOWN TO COMMANDER love space! This talented directing duo was last seen at VFF06 with CHRISTA McAULIFFE, REAC...

The Valley Film Festival ~ "Made in the (818)" Shorts Program

Made in the (818) is The Valley Film Festival's signature showcase of films shot in or showcasing, and/or made by filmmakers currently living in The Valley.  VFF believes that the San Fernando Valley has a diverse landscape for every film shoot, whether you're using the backlot of Universal Studios or shooting guerrilla style at Hansen Dam. VFF encourages local production by creating a showcase just for these films, and we hope you'll consider the fabulous San Fernando Valley for your next fi...

An Interview with Filmmaker John Putch

After beginning as an actor, John Putch now works as a director in television and independent film. His TV work includes Cougar Town, My Name is Earl, Outsourced, and Ugly Betty. Three of his films have won Best Feature at The Valley Film Festival, including Bachelorman (2003), Mojave Phone Booth (2006) and Route 30 (2008); John is currently set to begin filming the sequel to the latter film in December. James Latham interviewed John Putch for The Valley Film Fest blog. Read the interview...