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

Now in its 17th year, VFF is supported by a dynamic community of companies, filmmakers, and moviegoers, who share our mission of furthering the education, production, and exhibition of filmmaking in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.

VFF screens 40-60 studio and independent films from the (818) and around the world each year. VFF screens shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, experimental works, and music videos. If you're unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives before submitting.

In addition to screenings, the Festival provides educational panels and networking opportunities throughout the year.

*2001: Launched alongside the grand reopening of iconic Sherman Oaks Galleria
*2002-2011: Held at the historic El Portal Theatre in Noho Arts District
*2012: Joined the Laemmle Theatres family
*2017: 17th Annual Festival to be held October 25-29 & year-round online screenings through

Awards & Prizes

"10 Degrees Hotter" Award (juried)
Audience Award

Rules & Terms


*VFF screens on DCP. Laemmle NoHo 7 uses Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF17 if you cannot provide us with a DCP.

*While we consider all genres, If you're unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives before submitting.

(For 2017 Festival, October 25-29)

1 – All submissions received between January 20th, 2017 and July 30th, 2017 will be considered for The Valley Film Festival 2017 (VFF17).

2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in Los Angeles County prior to VFF17 will be given priority.

3 – Social Media engagement will be taken into account for all selections. We encourage you to have a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account to discover your audience.

4 – The “10 Degrees Hotter” competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2015, 2016 or on track to be completed prior to VFF17.

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.

(For 2017 Festival, October 25-29)

1 – VFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to VFF17 and we’ll take the time to watch it.

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 us on Facebook, Twitter, and please do not unsubscribe from our email list until after films have been selected.

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

(For 2017 Festival, October 25-29)

1 - If selected to VFF17, you promise to reply with your acceptance or regrets within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into VFF17.

2 - All commercial/private property including all trademark and copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. VFF will not take responsibility for any infringement of copyrighted materials.

3 - Official selections will be asked to provide a DCP approximately four (4) weeks prior to the festival. In some, rare, instances, we may accept a QT .MOV, however, we will not know this until closer to the festival. Please do not submit to VFF17 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, and for any promotional purposes which VFF deems appropriate.

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. The utmost care will be given with regard to films and promotional materials, but it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility.

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

By submitting to VFF17 through confirms that you have read, understand and agree to the VFF17 Terms of Entry.

6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Angela Landis

    Everything about this festival was grade A Awesome! From working with Tracey after we were accepted, to the filmmaker parties, to upgrading to a bigger theater when we sold out, and then negotiating with the distributors after our screening. FANTASTIC experience with great people! I can't wait to submit my next project!

    May 2017
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    Mark DiNatale

    Great festival, I wish more people outside my circle were at the screening, but I think that was my fault. Not very good with marketing and self-promotion. But the event was fun and I loved the people that organized it.

    January 2017
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    Rudi Womack

    Tracey and the whole team at VFF was amazing. We met some great people, saw a lot of great movies, and had a wonderful time. Tracey know how to communicate very well and keep the filmmakers up-to-date on everything. I would highly recommend this festival.

    October 2016
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    Renee Sotile

    This is a filmmakers festival. Very supportive and fun.

    October 2016
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    Pat Battistini

    Tracey and the entire gang at the festival were very kind and accommodating. Lots of communication from them, too. The theater was great as the screen size and sound were awesome. A great festival for the independent filmmaker!

    October 2016