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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.


2015 Call for Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for VFF15.  "Pay what you can" period is until the end of February.  Click here for details: ...

Dreams Deferred and Realized: An Interview with Venkat Krishnan about His Film “Butterfly Dreams”

Our interview with the director of "Butterfly Dreams," a great film that screens in our Dramatic Shorts program on December 13. With honesty and subtlety, Venkat Krishnan depicts the life and dreams of a young girl in India who wants to become a doctor. ...

Sideshows, Sharks, and Working in the Valley: An Interview with Fred Olen Ray

Our interview with Fred Olen Ray, whose film “Spidora” screens as part of our “Flights of Fantasy” short film program, at 10:00 pm on Saturday, December 13: ...

Eat, Drink, Opera: An Interview with Anne O’Neal about Her Film “Sing Your Own Song: An Opera Love Story”

Our interview with Anne O'Neal, whose film (LA premiere) about restaurants that have opera, we are screening at 7:00 pm, Friday, December 12: ...

Think You Know A Lot About L.A.'s The Valley?

Think you know a lot about The Valley? These young filmmakers thought they did. Join us in sharing this video to help crush stereotypes and appreciate the (818) in support of The Valley Film Festival a non-profit project of Community Partners. #VFF14     ...

Another Reason to Blame Canada: An Interview with Leslie Bland on His Film “Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood”

Our interview with producer and co-director Leslie Bland: By James Latham     Q:  Besides being in Hollywood, what do Louis B. Mayer and Tommy Chong have in common?     A:  They’re Canadian.  Who knew?  You will after you see this film.   Among the terrific independent documentaries we’r...

Schedule Announcement for the 14th Annual Valley Film Festival

See our press release describing VFF14:   ...

Announcing Our Program for 2014

Here is our first announcement of our 2014 program:     ...

Thank You for Your Submissions, and Looking Ahead

The submissions period for VFF14 is now closed: ...

“A Country Full of Artists”: An Interview with Yirgashewa Teshome, Director of the Ethiopian International Film Festival

As we screen all our submissions for VFF14, here is our look at another festival in a very different place: ...

Reminder of Our Call for Entries

Just a reminder that we are accepting submissions for VFF14.  For filmmakers, we offer user-friendliness, a Los Angeles setting, great screening facilities, a fair evaluation process, and openness to a wide range of independent films.   ...

Congratulations, Independent Film Award Nominees

Films so great they're getting love from both the indie and studio worlds: ...

Got Ideas?

Let us know if you have suggestions for new things we could do this year, or if you'd like to get involved with what we're already planning:   ...

Valley Film Festival 2014 Call for Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for our 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.  Click here for details: ...

International Films at VFF 2013

Our international films this year: ...

VFF 2013 Genres

Checkout our various genres of entertaining and provocative indie films: ...

Premieres at VFF 2013

Check out our many premieres for this year: ...

Call for Volunteers

Help needed for VFF13: ...

Alert the Media!

Click here for our press release and other links to VFF13: ...

Announcing Our Schedule for VFF 2013

40 films from around the Valley and the world: ...

More on Royalty-Free Music

Here are some helpful details for understanding and using royalty-free music: ...

Countdown to VFF13...T-Minus 100 Days

Still some time to send us submissions: ...

Independent Film Coolness: Minimalism, or Less is More

What films do you like for their creative use of limited space? ...

Looking for Royalty-Free Music?

Some handy sites for those seeking music for their films or other projects: ...

Just a Month to Go for Submissions

Only a month until our submissions deadline: ...


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