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 24th 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. And, when the world went online in 2020 and 2021, we adhered to city/state guidelines to produce a live event!
The Festival is supported by a community of filmmakers, companies, and moviegoers, that make it possible for VFF to offer year-round programming:
THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
The 24th edition of The Valley Film Festival (VFF24) is currently scheduled to take place August 1-8, 2024 with live screenings @ Laemmle NoHo7. (There is a possibility that our venue will close and we will know more in Q1 2024. If that's the case, Laemmle Theatres. has additional locations for us to consider.)
FOCUS ON: Series
*Professional development panels that bring our network of industry experts together to share relevant, practical knowledge. Panels are held both in-person and online, are typically free, and are not recorded to allow for frank discussion.
THE VALLEY FILM MARKET
*A marketplace and symposium of panels and a one-on-one matchmaking events between filmmakers & distributors. (While we continue to host distribution events and panels, between the pandemic and guild strikes in LA, we have not had a one-on-one matchmaking event in a few years. We aim to have this return in 2024.)
VFF screens shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, experimental works, web series, music videos, and more. While we will continue to have shorts programs ("Made in the (818)" and an Alumni program) we will be shifting our focus to feature programming preceded by a short film and music video/trailer. If you're unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives before submitting.
"10 Degrees Hotter" Award (juried)
Audience Award or "Best of" (juried)
• The Valley Film Festival (VFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue, Laemmle NoHo7 use Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF24 if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP.
• VFF programs 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 VFF24 if you require a fee for screening at VFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.
VFF24 SUBMISSION BASICS
1 – All completed submissions received between August 18, 2023 through April 30, 2024 will be considered for The Valley Film Festival 2024 (VFF24).
2 - VFF requires an LA premiere status for feature films*. Premiere status will also be taken into account for short films and those that have not yet screened in Los Angeles County prior to VFF24 will be given priority. *Films not in competition and/or made by VFF alumni, that have already screened in Los Angeles, will be considered.
3 – The “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2022, 2023 or on track to be completed prior to VFF24
4– Eligible submissions, if not chosen for the “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program, will be considered for an Audience Award program or a juried "Best of" program.
5 – Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.
IF ACCEPTED TO VFF24:
1 - If selected to VFF24, you will be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into VFF24.
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 VFF24 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 VFF24 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 email@example.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 VFF24 through FilmFreeway.com confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you've read, understand and agree to the VFF24 Terms of Entry.