Oil Valley Film Festival

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Oil Valley Film Festival
Oil Valley Film Festival Logo.jpg
LocationOil City, Pennsylvania, United States
Founded2015
LanguageInternational, with English Subtitles
Websiteoilvalleyfilmfestival.weebly.com

The Oil Valley Film Festival is an annual American film festival in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

The festival takes place in at the historic National Transit Building and the Oil City Library. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films, and a curated block of out-of-competition selections. Audience favorites in feature and short categories, as voted on by the attending audiences, receive prizes separate from jury prizes. The festival also includes a screenwriting competition.

Festival Programming[edit]

The Oil Valley Film Festival consists of film programming over a three-day period. Day one provides the juried short film program. Day two provides the juried feature film program, with a social event for filmmakers and audience members to interact. Day three provides the audience members to watch a curated program consisting of films chosen by the festival's director. Beginning in 2017, the festival began various panels of discussion featuring filmmakers, actors, and producers from the selected films. Topics for each panel vary.

History[edit]

The Oil Valley Film Festival was founded by Matt Croyle in 2015, in an effort to bring new and established cinema to the underrepresented region of Venango County, Pennsylvania, with the first festival taking place September 1–3, 2016.[1] It is the first international film festival of its kind in Pennsylvania's Oil Region. Croyle stated that his ambition was to bring art house works to an audience who would not normally be able to see non-mainstream films.[2]

The founding of the festival garnered attention from established industry publications and organizations, ultimately resulting in partnerships with Videomaker Magazine and The Writers Store.[3]

In the festival's inaugural year, the feature film Audience Prize was awarded to Vincent Pereira for his 1997 film A Better Place, one of the lesser known View Askew Productions films, produced by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. A Better Place screened out of jury competition, in the curated block, but was chosen by the audience as their favorite feature of the festival. Filmmaker Zach Daulton, of Ohio, was awarded the short film Audience Prize for his film 'Mayfield.'

In its first year, the Oil Valley Film Festival received submissions from twelve different countries on five continents.

Award Winners[edit]

2019 Awards[4]
Award Film Individual(s)
Best Picture - Narrative Feature This World Won't Break Dir. Josh David Jordan
Best Picture - Documentary Feature Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story Dir. Don Metz
Best Picture - Narrative Short Ways to Look at the Moon Dir. Katherine Clark
Best Picture - Documentary Short Outspoken Dir. Emily Harger
Best Director - Feature A Black Letter Day Dir. Ekaterina Tarasova
Best Director - Short Scrap Dir. Leena Pendharker
Best Actor - Feature Last Call Sarah Booth
Best Actor - Short Still Young Adrian Ross-Jones
Best Supporting Actor - Feature This World Won't Break Roxanna Redfoot
Best Supporting Actor - Short A Black Letter Day Igor Shugaleev
Outstanding Cinematography - Feature Last Call Seth Wessel-Estes
Outstanding Cinematography - Short Minor Key Jose Martin Rosete
Best Editing - Feature The Astronot Tim Cash
Best Editing - Short Scrap Sunghwan Moon
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Feature Last Call Dir. Gavin Michael Booth
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Feature Think Forward David Keogh
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Short Homefulness Dan LaTourette
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Pilot Almost Elena Lockleis
2018 Awards[5]
Award Film Individual(s)
Best Picture - Narrative Feature Blue Dir. Gabriela Ledesma
Best Picture - Documentary Feature You Racist, Sexist, Bigot Dir. Pita Juarez
Matty Steinkamp
Best Picture - Narrative Short Domesticated Dir. Juan Francisco Viruega
Best Picture - Documentary Short One Year on a Bike Dir. Martijn Doolaard
Best Director - Narrative Feature Blue Dir. Gabriela Ledesma
Best Director - Documentary Feature You Racist, Sexist, Bigot Dir. Pita Juarez
Matty Steinkamp
Best Director - Narrative Short Snow Dir. Alex Murawski
Best Director - Documentary Short Nobody Dies Here Dir. Simon Panay
Best Actor - Feature Blue Callie Schuttera
Best Actor - Short Ainhoa Aurelia Schikarski
Best Supporting Actor - Feature After Hours Trading Ariana Livingston
Best Supporting Actor - Short Spoken Word Lance Reddick
Outstanding Cinematography - Narrative Feature Regionrat Carlos Jimenez
Outstanding Cinematography - Documentary Feature Flin Flon: A Hockey Town Soren Neilsen
Christine Ng
Outstanding Cinematography - Narrative Short 88 Cents Matthew Petrunak
Outstanding Cinematography - Documentary Short One Year on a Bike Martijn Doolaard
Best Editing - Narrative Feature The Song of Sway Lake Todd Holmes
Gabriel Wrye
Best Editing - Documentary Feature Poured in Pennsylvania Doug Metz
Best Editing - Narrative Short Guard Brian Philip Davis
Best Editing - Documentary Short Nobody Dies Here Simon Panay
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Feature Blue Dir. Gabriela Ledesma
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Short Domesticated Dir. Juan Francisco Viruega
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Feature Blind-Sighted David Keough
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Short Cherry Glazed Christine Sherwood
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Pilot Peace, Love & Law Enforcement Lorraine Portman
2017 Awards[6]
Award Film Individual(s)
Best Picture - Narrative Feature Blockbuster - A Life in Moving Pictures Dir. Vlado Priborsky
Best Picture - Documentary Feature Passfire Dir. Jesse Veverka
Best Picture - Narrative Short The Eliminadora Dir. PJ Gaynard
Best Picture - Documentary Short 1,000 Dir. Abdullah Washington
Tom Weber
Best Director - Feature Meadow Bridge Dir. Tijah Bumgarner
Best Director - Short The Bouquet Dir. Julien Segard
Roman Carciofo
Best Actor - Feature Meadow Bridge Micah Gilkerson
Best Actor - Short The Bouquet David Brenot
Best Supporting Actor - Feature Meadow Bridge Kate Morris
Best Supporting Actor - Short Derelict William Waddell
Outstanding Cinematography - Feature Blockbuster - A Life in Moving Pictures Costa Konstantinou
Edgar Pfandler
Daniel Steiner
Outstanding Cinematography - Short Derelict Hank Vohrer
Best Editing - Feature Meadow Bridge Manuel Aranda
Jose Arriaga
Juan Fernandez
Nerea Muguerza
Best Editing - Short The Bouquet Jérémy Pitard
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Feature Meadow Bridge Dir. Tijah Bumgarner
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Short The Bouquet Dir. Julien Segard
Roman Carciofo
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Feature Day of Reckoning Lorraine Portman
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Short Brier Hill Jonathan Stiffy
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Pilot Adrift Michael Snow
2016 Awards[7]
Award Film Individual(s)
Best Picture - Feature Figurine Dir. Hans Olson
Best Picture - Short Mayfield Dir. Zach Daulton
Best Director - Feature Figurine Dir. Hans Olson
Best Director - Short Lighthouse Keeper Dir. Nadia Shmeleva
Best Actor - Feature Figureine Kelly Goetz
Best Actor - Short Mayfield John Adrian Riley
Best Supporting Actor - Feature Exit Thread Hilary Connell
Best Supporting Actor - Short A Box Came To Brooklyn Jack Haley
Outstanding Cinematography - Feature Figurine Mike McLaughlin
Outstanding Cinematography - Short Thornbird Anthony Watkins
Best Editing - Feature Escapes Manuel Aranda
Jose Arriaga
Juan Fernandez
Nerea Muguerza
Best Editing - Short Vessel B.A. Lewandowski
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Feature A Better Place Dir. Vincent Pereira
Audience Choice Award for Best Picture - Short Mayfield Dir. Zach Daulton
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Feature Arvin Lindemeyer Takes Canarsie D. Ferrara
Outstanding Screenwriting - Screenwriting Competition - Short Deadhorse Lick Charles Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frye, Drew. "First annual Oil Valley Film Festival to launch in September". Venango Extra. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  2. ^ Keil, Bill. "Film festival to showcase local and international talent". Titusville Herald. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ "Oil Valley Film Festival on FilmFreeway". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ "2019 Festival Wrap-up and Winners". Oil Valley Film Festival. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. ^ "2018 Festival Wrap-up and Winners". Oil Valley Film Festival. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 Festival Wrap-up and Winners". Oil Valley Film Festival. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ "2016 Festival Wrap-up and Winners". Oil Valley Film Festival. Retrieved 26 October 2016.

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