The Valley’s First and Longest, Contintually Running Film Festival Comes to NoHo December 10-14!
Get ready, North Hollywood. The 14th annual Valley Film Festival (VFF) is coming to the NoHo Arts District December 10-14, 2014 at Laemmle’s NoHo 7. The Valley Film Festival’s thought-provoking, entertaining lineup of cinema is so independent it can only be found in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.
Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival, a project of Community Partners®, is the first and longest, continually running film festival in the San Fernando Valley. With a mission to join established and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the VFF has screened over 500 shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, experimental works, and music videos from around the world. While emphasizing independent film, the festival also screens studio productions, including BOOGIE NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA, TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE CENTER. Their mission is to further the education, production, and distribution of filmmaking in The Valley, with a goal of bringing together established filmmakers, emerging talent, and their audiences on the studio backlot – just North of Hollywood.
We asked VFF co-founder TRACEY ADLAI:
“It’s my hometown! I was born/raised in Toluca Lake/NoHo and supporting my neighborhood is important to me. It doesn’t hurt that the best independent film & festival friendly theater is now in NoHo. We love being part of the Laemmle family.”
We also asked:
“What’s new this year?”
“While the format of the festival hasn’t change, our content changes every year. This year we have films from 5 continents – it’s exciting to me that filmmakers in the nooks & crannies of the world (Azerbaijan, Colombia, Flanders, etc.) are learning North Hollywood IS Hollywood! We also learned that a short we’re screening, Baghdad Messi, was shortlisted for a Best Live Action Short Oscar. And we have an Oscar nominee, Drew Bailey, returning to VFF with Flyboy. He last screened Miracle Fish with us in 2009 & was nominated for an Oscar in 2010.”
Along with quality independent domestic and international cinema, VFF is known as the premiere showcase for Valley based filmmakers. The 14th Annual Valley Film Festival provides audiences with the opportunity to discover 45 of today’s most provocative films, such as FLYBOY, the newest short film produced by Academy Award Nominee Drew Bailey (MIRACLE FISH, 2009). The complete list of films is available at valleyfilmfest.com.
The Opening Night Film sees the return of Director John Putch to VFF with the only Los Angeles festival screening of ROUTE 30 THREE! The final chapter of the comedic trilogy set in rural South Central Pennsylvania, features David Cowgill, Nathalie Boltt, and Dan Poole. Known for his work on “Cougar Town,” “Scrubs” and “Ugly Betty,” John Putch previously screened BACHELORMAN (2003), MOJAVE PHONE BOOTH (2006), ROUTE 30 (2008) and ROUTE 30, TOO (2012) at The Valley Film Festival.
VFF continues to promote local independent production with more than 15 films made by Angelenos, Vals, and shot in or about the glamorous San Fernando Valley, such as:
VFF’s Centerpiece Screening, YOU OR A LOVED ONE, a dramedy directed by Matt Mercer, follows a reclusive illustrator, as he navigates withdrawal effects from a pharmaceutical drug trial, and is thrust back into daily life, and love, in Los Angeles.
ODD BRODSKY, a quirky comedy about following your dreams, directed by Cindy Baer, closes the 2014 festival: Audrey Brodsky quits her job of 11 years to pursue her dream of acting. There’s just one problem: she’s not very good at it. When Audrey meets an aspiring cameraman online, the adventure of her life finally begins. Cindy Baer previously screened MORBID CURIOSITY (2006), STALKED (2011), and SEYMOUR SALLY RUFUS (2012) at VFF.
The Festival’s documentary showcases include GONE SOUTH: HOW CANADA INVENTED HOLLYWOOD, SING YOUR OWN SONG: AN OPERA LOVE STORY, and THE GREEN GIRL -an in-depth look at Star Trek icon and prolific actress, Susan Oliver.
An eclectic collection of short films from around the globe, along with VFF’s signature “Made in the (818) and “Girls on Film,” programs round out the festival.
In addition to screenings, the festival provides educational panels, social mixers, opportunities for young filmmakers, Audience Awards, and the juried “Ten Degrees Hotter” Award for one feature and one short chosen from the competitive section.
WHAT: THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
WHEN: Opens on Wednesday, December 10 and continue through Sunday, December 14 with daily screenings
WHERE: LAEMMLE NOHO 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.
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