At the Oil Valley Film Festival, our mission is to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film.

Located in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, attending the Oil Valley Film Festival will grant you the experience of watching engaging cinema within an intimate community with a rich history.

2021 Venues: Oil City Library & National Transit Building - Oil City, PA

The 2021 Oil Valley Film Festival is partnered with Robot Blonde, InkTip, Videomaker Magazine, the Oil City Library, and Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

2021 Festival Schedule:

In-Person Schedule:
Sep. 10 - Shorts Program.
Sep. 11 - Features Program.
Sep. 12 - Women & Minority Filmmakers block and Awards Event.

Secure Hybrid Streaming Schedule: Sept. 10-13

All films selected are eligible for awards. The following awards will be granted for outstanding achievement: ("Actor" designates both male and female actors)


Jury Prizes:

- Best Actor, Feature
- Best Actor, Short
- Best Supporting Actor, Feature
- Best Supporting Actor, Short
- Best Cinematography, Feature - Narrative
- Best Cinematography, Short - Narrative
- Best Director, Feature - Narrative
- Best Director, Short - Narrative
- Best Editing, Feature - Narrative
- Best Editing, Short - Narrative
- Best Picture, Feature - Narrative & Documentary
- Best Picture, Short - Narrative & Documentary

Audience Awards:

- Favorite Feature Film
- Favorite Short Film
- Favorite Web / New Media Episode


- Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting, Feature
- Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting, Short
- Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting, Hour-long Pilot Teleplay

Winners of the 2021 Screenwriting categories received an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

DISCLAIMER: The personal views of judges affiliated with the Oil Valley Film Festival do not reflect the view of the festival itself, and in no way are those outside views, posted, written, or spoken, the responsibility of the Oil Valley Film Festival.


- No Waivers or Discounts on Submissions.

- Films must be completed before submitting. No "works in progress" accepted.

- Films and scripts submitted must not have been completed before January 1 of the previous year. (THIS IS WAIVED IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.)

- Online screeners are accepted for submission, but are not exclusive. If submitting an online screener that is password protected, please include password with submission.

- Films that are available online for free, or available for purchase (VOD, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc...) or have screened theatrically (via traditional distribution) in New York or Los Angeles are not eligible for the festival. (THIS IS WAIVED IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.)

- No premiere status is needed, but it is encouraged.

- If accepted, all screening films must be available via digital copy.

- All films not in English must be subtitled in English.


The Oil Valley Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The Oil Valley Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entries. The individuals and corporations who submit shall indemnify and hold harmless the Oil Valley Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • David Rohm

    great people, nice event and relaxed.

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, David. Much appreciated.

  • Elena Lockleis

    Truly honored to have my script "Almost" win best TV Pilot. The communication from the beginning was excellent. I'm happy I submitted to this lovely festival and hope it continues to grow.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Elena! We will continue to try to champion distinct voices. That's part of what we do. We're very thankful you submitted, and we look forward to reading your future work! Thanks again.

  • Very honored for the Finalist Award for my short Script BELLA LOBA which I actually turned into a Feature script. Will submit it again to you shortly with the recent changes. Great Festival, great team! LONG LIFE TO THE FESTIVAL!.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We try to keep it real. Quality first.

  • This is a great young festival that will continue to grow better and better each year. Love how they operate and keep you in the loop of what’s happening. Great Fest!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Dallas, for the kind words! Much appreciated!

  • Great communication from the organizers. This is a film festival in which they truly care about filmmakers. A great opportunity to take part in it.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Pennan! Keep up the amazing work you do!