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.

2022 Venues: Oil City Library & National Transit Building - Oil City, PA

The 2022 Oil Valley Film Festival is partnered with Robot Blonde, InkTip, Videomaker Magazine, the Oil City Library, and Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

2022 Festival Schedule:

In-Person Schedule:
Sep. 9 - Shorts Program.
Sept. 10 - Features Program.
Sept. 11 - Women & Minority Filmmakers Block / Director Curated Block.

Proof of vaccination and masks required,

Secure Hybrid Streaming Schedule: Sept. 9-12

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 2022 Screenwriting categories will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership ($130 value). As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

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
  • Michael Greene

    Special thanks to The Oil Valley Film Festival for awarding The Bridge Builder with the Outstanding Screenwriting, Feature Screenplay Award. Excellent communication from they very beginning. Very happy to have been a part of the festival.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Michael, thank you for the kind words. Glad you could be a part of the festival. Keep writing.

  • Great festival. Very friendly folks. I would highly recommend.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the wonderful words, Armand. Much appreciated!

  • Matt Croyle put on a phenomenal festival, with really strong films from top to bottom. I would recommend the Oil Valley FF to anyone and everyone looking for a quality independent film festival experience!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Nate! This means a lot. It's tough to put on any event during these times. Glad you could be a part of this year.

  • Jason Angco-Barrera

    This was a good festival. I couldn't get to go or attend.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Greetings, Jason! Thanks for your kind words. Perhaps you can join us in the future as we push through this pandemic.

  • Melissa Jo Peltier

    This is an up & coming, important festival in an oft-neglected part of the state…I predict it will grow to be even more prestigious in the future.

    We were honored to have our film “The Game Is Up” as a feature doc selection this year (2021) & even more thrilled to be chosen for best editing.

    Thank you to the festival team who made this possible.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Melissa. We were so happy to have your important film as a part of this year's festival.