First annual Oil Valley Film Festival to launch in September

 The first Oil Valley Film Festival will be held Sept. 1 through 3.

Based in Oil City, the festival is intended to bring the voice and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County.

The festival will include feature and short films along with feature-length and short screenplays.

The third day of the festival will consist of a director-curated, handpicked filmmaker block specifically designed and chosen by Matt Croyle.

“As a filmmaker myself, not only do I want to continue to make movies here but this festival seems like a way I can use my passion to share films with the community,” said Croyle. “I want to show films they may normally never get to see in a multiplex.”

This is about starting something that the community can really get involved in and get excited about, Croyle added.

The festival is partnering with local venues including the Oil City Library and The Oil City Civic Center at the National Transit Building. Videomaker Magazine, The Writers Store and MaddyG TV on Roku have already partnered with the festival.

“The Oil City Library is a gem,” said Croyle. “We’re really happy to have them on board, Dan Flaherty and his staff are doing great things with that facility.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to have them be a part of the festival,” added Croyle. “And I can’t say enough about Trenton Moulin and the folks at Bridge Bulders. The support we’re being shown is phenomenal.”

Croyle, a resident of western Pennsylvania, earned his bachelor of science degree in speech communication and theater from Clarion University in 2000. He completed his post-baccalaureate studies in English in 2004 from Clarion University.

Festival organizers are accepting submissions for the festival. Interested people can view submission guidelines and submit a form for consideration by following the FilmFreeway link on the website