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.

2024 Venues: Oil City Library & The Pointe - Oil City, PA

The 2024 Oil Valley Film Festival is partnered with and sponsored by the following businesses: Robot Blonde, InkTip, The Pointe, and the Oil City Library.

2024 Festival Schedule:

In-Person Schedule:
Sep. 6 - Features Program.
Sept. 7 - Features Program.
Sept. 8 - Shorts Program & Special Categories.

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 2024 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.

- 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
  • In Digital

    Great festival. The awards were well deserved

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • Carlos Antonio Leon

    Thank you so much for having us! We truly enjoyed the fest and all the people that make it possible. Thank you hid the award too!! Looking forward for more in the future!!! Great event!!! Congrats!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Carlos, thank you for your wonderful performance and for you and Bob making the trip to Pennsylvania from Miami for the event. It's always so wonderful to have filmmakers and actors here to represent their projects and interact with our audience. Bravo on a wonderful film. We look forward to seeing your upcoming work!

  • Susan May Thomas

    Thank You Oil Valley Film Festival for Psychopathic Killers Finalist placing! It's an honour to receive this placing. From Brisbane, Australia...Thank you!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Susan, thank you for sharing your wonderful writing with us!

  • Peter Panagos

    Thank you so much for selecting "Worth the Weight" as your 2023 Outstanding Screenwriting- Feature award winner!!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Peter, thank you for being a part of the festival this year and congratulations on your screenwriting win. Keep sharing your writing with the world.

  • Joia Danai

    So glad to have been chosen as a finalist for the Oil Valley Film Festival! I will definitely be participating in the future. Thank you!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you shared your work with us this year.