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 21st 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:

*When the world went online in 2020, we stayed live! Adhering to city & state guidelines, VFF20 showcased our entire festival at the Regency 16 @ The Plant Drive-In, November 7-21st. We anticipate a mix of hybrid programming throughout 2021.
*In 2019, we expanded from a five-day showcase of film screenings to nine days of live music, book readings/signings, screenplay workshops, professional development panels, a distribution symposium, networking, daily happy hours and, of course, film screenings.

FOCUS ON: Series
*Professional development panels that bring our network of industry experts together to share relevant, practical knowledge

*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

• The Valley Film Festival (VFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venues, Laemmle NoHo7 and Regency 16 @ The Plant Drive-In, use Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF21 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 VFF21 if you require a fee for screening at VFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.


1 – All completed submissions received between December 1st, 2020 and July 9th, 2021 will be considered for The Valley Film Festival 2021 (VFF21).

2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections and films that have not yet screened in Los Angeles County prior to VFF21 will be given priority.

3 – The “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2019, 2020 or on track to be completed prior to VFF21

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.


1 - If selected to VFF21, you will be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into VFF21.

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 VFF21 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 VFF21 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 VFF21 through confirms that you are authorized to do so and that you've read, understand and agree to the VFF21 Terms of Entry.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Manning

    Can't say enough about this festival. Incredible attention and generosity paid to the filmmakers--made all the more impressive in the face of the pandemic. They went above and beyond to figure out a way to provide a festival experience when all seemed hopeless. Thanks again for featuring our film #ToxicShort!

    January 2021
  • Drew Rosenberg

    I have never felt so supported and welcomed as I did screening at VFF. They walk you through everything from start to finish and make it fun along the way. I love these folks and am proud to be an alum!

    December 2020
  • Marc Cartwright

    I can't speak highly enough about my experience with The Valley Film Festival. The team here clearly loves filmmakers and film. Impeccable communication, lots of fun engagement, quality films. And all of this during a challenging year for festivals. I really enjoyed the networking and family feel of the festival staff.

    I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and submit to this festial.

    December 2020
  • James Abroms

    2020 was a hard year to be in a film festival (among other challenges). The Valley Film Festival kept us informed and went out of their way to figure out how to have some public screening. A drive-in was where we played and it was a great experience. JOHNNY ANARCHY team highly recommends this festival. The awards ceremony was on Zoom which built a community.

    December 2020
  • Bernd Porr

    The Valley Film Festival is a fantastic festival with organisers and programmers who are truly passionate about film. They are always there to help from the submission over the festival to events for alumni. They support the filmmakers and their films well beyond the festival. One becomes part of the extended VFF family. -- This year (2020) was of course a very challenging time but through sheer determination and persistence they persevered and managed to pull off physical screenings as a drive in.

    December 2020