The festival screened a total of 34 films, including shorts and features, documentaries and fiction. About half had some direct connection to the San Fernando Valley, such as being a location for filming. Each screening ended with a filmmaker Q&A. On closing night, the festival presented the following awards:
Alumni Short – MINE (Greg Thompson)
Comedy Short – FISH! (Mark Eccleston and Damian Samuels)
Dramatic Short – GHOSTS OF SYLLABLES (Javier Grillo-Marxuach)
Girls on Film – BEYOND ESSAYS (Jules Dameron)
JURIED “10 DEGREES HOTTER” AWARDS:
Documentary – ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS (Alexia Anastasio)
Feature – BAD ACTRESS (Robert Lee King)
Short – THE SECRET FRIEND (Flavio Alves)
Looking ahead, The Valley Film Festival will begin accepting submissions for VFF12 in January.
About The Valley Film Festival:
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 filmmakers and emerging talent with adventurous audiences in Los Angeles, the VFF has screened a total of over 450 shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, and music videos from all over the world. While emphasizing independent film, the festival also has occasionally shown studio productions, including BOOGIE NIGHTS, CHINATOWN, ENCINO MAN, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, MAGNOLIA, TERMINATOR 2, VALLEY GIRL, and WORLD TRADE CENTER.
About Our Sponsors and Supporters:
The Valley Film Festival thanks its sponsors Kirin, Primax Mortgage, Video Symphony, The Sign Language Company, Decor Art Galleries, Creative Handbook, and Community Partners. Special thanks to Councilmember Paul Krekorian and his staff, Vicki Nussbaum and the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and Bryan Rasmussen of the Whitefire Theatre. And to the festival volunteers, alumni judges, filmmakers, and everyone else who helped make VFF11 a success.