Valley Film Festival

Valley Film Festival


For ten years, the Valley Film Festival in NoHo Arts District has been celebrating all things cinematic that have been put together by both Valley residents and other American and international independent filmmakers (www.valleyfilmfest.com). Held at the El Portal Theatre on Lankershim Blvd. since 2002, the festival offers awards for the best works and even offers up a collection of short films for the audience to vote on. Viewers are presented with a variety of films from the entertaining to the provocative.

Founded in 2000, this festival is a non-profit activity. Therefore, it relies on corporate sponsorship as well as partners and volunteers to make it a successful venture that is dedicated to promoting and furthering the development of filmmaking in the San Fernando Valley. More recently The Valley Film Festival has entered into a partnership with TribeHollywood.com, which is an entertainment networking site, to further their goal of putting San Fernando Valley filmmakers on the screen and on the map. If you are a local filmmaker and are interested in being part of The Valley Film Festival, submissions are accepted throughout the year, though the earlier you submit, the lower the submission fee. Fees and deadlines can be found on the festival’s website.

Visitors to the festival can find the film schedule online and can either purchase tickets in advance to the films they want to see or can buy walk-up tickets thirty minutes prior to each screening. The box office is by cash only, but you can use a credit card when purchasing tickets online. It’s well worth a trip to The Valley Film Festival, both for a chance to see new and exciting independent filmmaking and to visit the historic El Portal Theatre, which was build in 1926 and first opened as a vaudeville and silent movie theatre.




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