Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is a 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 19th 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:

*An annual five-day showcase of films from the (818) and around the world

FOCUS ON: Series
*Educational panels in The Valley’s schools (Art Institute, Columbia College Hollywood, and New York Film Academy) that bring our network of industry experts together to share relevant, practical knowledge on navigating the industry

*Previously under our Focus On: series, we’ve pulled out our masterclasses, product demos, and film sales & distribution events to create THE VALLEY FILM MARKET. Our inaugural event will be held Fall 2019.

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

• The Valley Film Festival (VFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue, Laemmle NoHo7, uses Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF19 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 VFF19 if you require a fee for screening at VFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.

(For 2019 Festival, September 25-29, 2019)

1 – All completed submissions received between January 1st, 2019 and June 30th, 2019 will be considered for The Valley Film Festival 2019 (VFF19).

2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections and films that have not yet screened in Los Angeles County prior to VFF19 will be given priority.

3 – Filmmaker engagement will be taken into account for all selections. We encourage you to have a website and be active on social media to discover your audience. Why? It's easier for us to promote you if we know who your audience is.

4 – The “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2017, 2018 or on track to be completed prior to VFF19.

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

6 – Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.


1 - If selected to VFF19, you will be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into VFF19.

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 VFF19 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!


1 – VFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to VFF19 and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into

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 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 VFF19 through confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you've read, understand and agree to the VFF19 Terms of Entry.

Overall Rating
  • Fred Bailey

    Two great programs of short films, plus tons more.

    July 2019
  • Stephanie Poole

    It was wonderful.... A great all around film festival...

    June 2019
  • The Valley Film Festival was an amazing festival to participate in and I am very grateful to have had my film, Joy, accepted as an official selection. We will definitely be submitting future projects to this festival.

    April 2019
  • Terrific time. Won award for feature film

    April 2019
  • Beau Genot

    We had a wonderful time at VFF, not only because we won an award but because Traci and David preside over a very well run festival. Can't wait to submit another film.

    November 2018