Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is an all-volunteer non-profit project of Community Partners ® and is the first and longest continually running film festival in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, headquartered in the NoHo Arts District.

Now in its 22nd year, VFF supports local and international voices that advance storytelling, while furthering the education, production, and exhibition of film. In 2010, the City of Los Angeles recognized our cultural contributions with the city seal, and in 2018 the California State Senate stood with us #UnitedByFilm in our efforts to practice conscious programming to unite the international film community.

The Festival is supported by a dynamic community of companies, filmmakers, and moviegoers, that make it possible for VFF to offer year-round programming:

THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
*When the world went online in 2020 and 2021, we stayed live! Adhering to city & state guidelines, VFF22 will take place August 1-8, with live screenings August 3-7 @ Laemmle NoHo7.

FOCUS ON: Series
*Professional development panels that bring our network of industry experts together to share relevant, practical knowledge. Panels are typically online and always free.

THE VALLEY FILM MARKET
*A marketplace and symposium of panels and a one-on-one matchmaking events between filmmakers & distributors.

VFF screens shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, experimental works, web series, music videos, and more. If you're unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives before submitting.

"10 Degrees Hotter" Award (juried)
Audience Award

BEFORE SUBMITTING:
• The Valley Film Festival (VFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue, Laemmle NoHo7 use Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF22 if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP.
• While we consider all genres, if you’re unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives.
• Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to VFF22 if you require a fee for screening at VFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.

VFF22 SUBMISSION BASICS

1 – All completed submissions received between January 15 and June 15, 2022 will be considered for The Valley Film Festival 2022 (VFF22).

2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections and films that have not yet screened in Los Angeles County prior to VFF22 will be given priority.

3 – The “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2020, 2021 or on track to be completed prior to VFF22

4– Eligible submissions, if not chosen for the “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program, will be considered for an Audience Award program.

5 – Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.

IF ACCEPTED TO VFF22:

1 - If selected to VFF22, you will be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into VFF22.

2 – The filmmakers accept responsibility for all trademark and copyrighted materials, shown or recorded, on the project and have the necessary releases for a theatrical screening.

3 - Official selections will be asked to provide a DCP approximately four (4) weeks prior to the festival. Please do not submit to VFF22 if you're not able to provide a DCP for screening purposes.

4 - Filmmakers with a feature or short film in the “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will be asked to supply a password-protected link for our panel of jurors.

5 – While we will always ask first, Filmmakers agree that their film, or clips from it, and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, VFF website, social networking sites, blog, or for other Festival promotional purposes.

6 – Filmmakers promise to provide VFF with a full electronic press kit that must include a trailer, images for web and print, cast & crew information, and film synopsis. We can't promote you without your help.

7 – We ask that you participate in VFF as much as possible. If you’re unable to attend your screening, please have a representative attend in your place. Please support your peers and celebrate independent cinema.

8 - The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

9 - VFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged films or promotional materials. Of course we’re going to handle your deliverables with care, but it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility.

10 - Take a deep breath, relax, and have fun!

OUR PLEDGE TO THE FILMMAKER:

1 – VFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to VFF22 and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into FilmFreeway.com)

2 – At the end of each submission period, and during the final weeks of our selection process, VFF will regularly update the main contact on the status of the film. If you change your email address, please be sure to update VFF. Additionally, we ask that you add info@valleyfilmfest.com to your address book, follow @ValleyFilmFest on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and please do not unsubscribe from our email list until films have been selected. This will ensure you receive all communications from VFF during the submission period.

3 - VFF will never share your contact information, or any part of your film, with a third party without your permission.

4 - Upon request, VFF will extend screening notes to filmmakers, after the festival has ended.

Submitting to VFF22 through FilmFreeway.com confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you've read, understand and agree to the VFF22 Terms of Entry.

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  • A great festival with a wonderful atmosphere and very kind people behind it. Thank you for selecting "Sugar Crash" and a personal thank you from producer Bat Sheva Ringel :) Looking forward to collaborating with you again in the future.

    November 2021
  • Best festival experience I've had.

    November 2021
  • Jeff Schubert

    Tracey and her team put on a great festival. Their communication is great... they care about what they do and it shows.

    November 2021
  • Just a great experience altogether. As an all-volunteer festival, their communication, positivity, and care for filmmakers just shines. Even up against the restrictions still necessitated by putting on a festival during a pandemic. We were excited to take part and would definitely love to be a part of this festival again in the future.

    November 2021
  • Adam Choit

    No doubt I just clicked 5 stars for all the categories for my review, well earned.

    November 2021