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The 10th Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 10-14, 2021 in the four walk-able villagesof Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Each year the festival features 125 new independent films, 300+ filmmakers and film industry guests, 150 wineries, 30 chefs, and an array of culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, and special events.

The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The festival's co-creators (and Cinema Napa Valley Founders) are Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers and distributors of the feature film BOTTLE SHOCK, about the historic upset victory by Napa Valley wines over the French at the infamous 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. BOTTLE SHOCK premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before going on to international theatrical distribution. The husband-and-wife team also ran the successful Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 through 2008. In addition to producing the annual Napa Valley Film Festival, Cinema Napa Valley presents special film programs throughout the year and provides support to student filmmaking programs in Napa Valley schools. To learn more, visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org.


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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2021 Call for Entries

10th Annual Festival to Take Place November 10-14, 2021   $10,000 Cash Prizes Each for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature   The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place November 10-14, 2021 is now accepting film submissions for its 10th annual iteration. NVFF showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. Film screenings and networking events are accompan...

Interview with Judd Wallenbrock, CEO of C. Mondavi and Family, at 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Every year during the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), hundreds of local Napa wineries and restaurants participate as sponsors, offering their top quality wine and gastronomic creations. One of these benefactors is the first official winery of Napa Valley, Charles Krug (since 1861, owned by Mondavi family since 1943), who not only have sponsored the festival from its first edition in 2010, but also run NVFF events at their winery throughout the year, screening films that...

Interview with Director Mike Arthur for 'I, Pastafari' (2019) at the 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Director Mike Arthur's experimental independent film 'I, Pastafari' (2019) recently held its North American premiere at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.  Mike holds a business degree from a prestigious public university and considers himself very much an accidental filmmaker. In 2011, while working in a cubicle in Portland, Oregon, Mike took a filmmaking night class to balance out the monotony of corporate retail. The documentary that resulted went from...

Interview with Director Alvin Joo and Writer Nate Ward for 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) @ NVFF

     Director Alvin Joo (left) and Writer Nate Ward (right) @ NVFF   Director Alvin Joo's short film 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Alvin is a Los Angeles based director armed to the teeth with backgrounds in cinematography, editing, and sound design. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he has gone on to direct a deal of films that have screened across the world. Be...

Interview with Director Jesse Zigelstein for 'Nose to Tail' (2019) @ NVFF

Jesse Zigelstein Toronto native Jesse Zigelstein's debut film Nose to Tail (2019) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Nose to Tail stars Aaron Abrams (HANNIBAL, BLINDSPOT) as a talented but abrasive chef struggling mightily with his personal demons and the relentless pressures of running a high-end restaurant. Over the course of one increasingly frantic day and night, he faces a rash of private trials and professional tribulations in a desperate bid t...

Interview with Producer George Hammer for 'Code & Response' (2019) @ NVFF

   George Hammer Producer George Hammer produced 'Code & Response' (2019), a documentary about one of the worst years on record for natural disasters-taxing governments, straining relief organizations and overwhelming communities as they attempt to rebuild. In the wake of these global catastrophes, a new type of responder emerges: the code. The film recently premiered at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.    George is Chief Cont...

Interview with Director Shayne Lightner for 'Get Bitchy' (2019)

Actors Iain Sandison and Sara Spadacene Shayne Lightner is Director/Producer/Writer, Present Entertainment. Lightner most recently wrote, directed, and produced Get Bitchy, a female stoner detective comedy feature. Get Bitchy is a female stoner detective comedy about a female cannabis-loving private eye (Amber DeCallier) who's unwittingly used in the death of a woman and partners with the brother of the woman, a bitter former CIA officer (Dwayne Bailey), to uncover a conspira...

Interview with Directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop for 'BIOGRAPHY: I WANT MY MTV' (2019)

'BIOGRAPHY: I WANT MY MTV' (2019) is the story of the birth, life and death of MTV music television, which came into being in 1981, and how it revolutionized entertainment as we know it until its inevitable demise via the digital revolution. With dozens of riveting interviews with the founders of MTV, including some 80’s talent whose careers were greatly impacted by MTV (i.e. Tori Amos, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Annie Lenox, Doctor Dre, and many more), the film is co-directed by d...

Interview with Director Sean Cisterna for FROM THE VINE (2019) @ 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

Director Sean Cisterna Sean Cisterna is an accomplished, multi award-winning film director whose works are frequently screened at recognized international festivals. His first theatrical feature, Moon Point (2011), was acquired by The Movie Network and broadcast nationally in 2012. His feature length documentary 30 Ghosts (2013) was developed out of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival's Doc Ignite program and now resides with the National Film Board of Canada. Full Out (...

9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival’s Variety Vivant at Archer Hotel

  Photo of John Huertas and Ayesha Curry   hoto of Ayesha and Stephen Curry   Photo of John Huertas, Ayesha Curry, Peter Mondavi Jr. and Katie Mondavi   #NVFF19 @napafilmfest    Camera Credit: @radarpics    Print & Media Photo Credit: JasonMerritt/Radarpics/Shutterstock ...

The 2019 Napa Valley Film Festival’s Rising Star Showcase

The Napa Valley Film Festival’s Rising Star Showcase honored a handful of up-and-coming young talent including Kelsey Asbille (Wind River, Yellowstone), Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World, Jungleland), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones, The King), Jacob Elordi (Euphoria), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Luce, Waves), Liana Liberato (If I Stay, Light as a Feather) and Mena Massoud (Aladdin, Run This To...

Kevin Bacon, Vanessa Hudgens and Jillian Bell Receive Celebrity Tributes at 2019 NVFF

The Festival honored Kevin Bacon (City on a Hill, Mystic River) with the Charles Krug Legendary Actor, Vanessa Hudgens (Rent: Live, High School Musical) with the Blackbird Vineyards Visionary honor and Jillian Bell (Brittany Runs a Marathon, 22 Jump Street) with the Alpha Omega Spotlight award honor on Thursday November 14th.   ...

2019 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

  Winners include “Lucky Grandma,” “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion,” and “The Story of Plastic”   Cinema Napa Valley Announces Dates for 2020 Festival   The 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The festival, held from November 13-17, screened over 80 films, including the 16 in NVFF’s core competition categories, throughout the seven scr...

Interview with “The Pollinators” (2019) Director Peter Nelson

The documentary feature “The Pollinators” (2019) by filmmaker/cinematographer and bee-keeper Peter Nelson is a cautionary tale about the current international bee crises. Today, bees face a serious threat to becoming endangered, which would prove a hazard to human food supply; almost all fruits, nuts and vegetables would not exist without bees. For example, on just one crop in California, each year more than 31 billion honey bees pollinate more than 90 million almond trees. Yet, be...

CODE & RESPONSE (2019) at 9th Napa Valley Film Festival

2018 was one of the worst years on record for natural disasters-taxing governments, straining relief organizations and overwhelming communities as they attempt to rebuild. In the wake of these global catastrophes, a new type of responder emerges: the coder.  CODE & RESPONSE follows coders around the world (Japan, Puerto Rico, California and Mexico) as they develop groundbreaking technologies to help first responders and communities become more resilient against the growing thre...

Kevin Bacon, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Hudgens and Olivia Wilde to be Honored @ 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  KEVIN BACON, JILLIAN BELL, VANESSA HUDGENS AND OLIVIA WILDE TO BE HONORED AT THE 9TH ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL    Rising Stars Kelsey Asbille, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jacob Elordi, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Liana Liberato and Mena Massoud Will Also Receive Special Recognition at the Festival    The ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced the first round of celebrities to be feted at this year’s event, taking place Novem...

Ninth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up

                                               Festival to Open with “Just Mercy,” Close with World Premiere of “Verticals” The ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced its film line-up, including Opening ...

2019 NVFF Narrative and Documentary Films in Competition

2019 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NARRATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION   Festival to showcase films starring Anna Camp, Billy Crystal, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Mena Massoud, Ben Platt, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, and more     The 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 13-17, announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups in core competition. The directors of the films in NVFF’s core competitio...

Interview with Producer J. Todd Harris, CEO/founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

Raised in New York City, Todd Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began his producing career while in college with a production of ‘Hair’. His first job out of college, he managed theater company TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He started producing fulltime after achieving his MBA from Stanford when he moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Harris’s films include such reputable titles ‘Bottle Shock’ (2008) starring Alan R...

9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

      9th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESITVAL. The ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is an immersive five-day event that blends the art of film, food and wine together. From lively film screenings to cinema-inspired culinary demos, audiences connect with a variety of artists through interactive and thought-provoking programming. Discover the best new independent films of the year, watch this year’s award season contenders, savor exquisite cuisine ...

Interview with 'DUKE' (2019) Actor Robert Solomon

Robert Solomon is an award-winning actor and pianist from Atlanta, GA. He started acting in high school theater before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology to study applied mathematics. In 2017, he was a member of the Shakespeare Academy @Stratford ensemble were he trained and performed under the tutelage of Brian McManamon. Later that year, he temporarily halted his studies to fly to Los Angeles where he acted the eponymous role in the short film, Duke. For this leadi...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Appointment of Tom Tardio as CEO

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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Appointment of Tom Tardio as CEO   Cinema Napa Valley Board of Directors Expands with Addition of Robert Bassett, Zoe Fairbourn, Geyer Kosinski and Daniel Schryer   Napa Valley – The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced the hiring of Tom Tardio as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Tardio assumes the role immediately and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the annual film festival including managing the current s...

Cinema Napa Valley Announces the Retirement of Napa Valley Film Festival Founders Brenda & Marc Lhormer

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Napa, CA (February 4, 2019) – The Board of Directors of Cinema Napa Valley (CNV) has announced the retirement of founders Brenda and Marc Lhormer from Cinema Napa Valley and their respective roles as Co-Director and Executive & Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival.   In June 2009, the Lhormer made a decision to commit their time, talents and personal funds to creating a world-class film festival for the Napa Valley community. Their vision included su...

Interview with Director Thiago Dadalt for 'DUKE' (2018) @ NVFF

  Thiago Dadalt Brazilian born Los Angeles, California resident Thiago Dadalt is an award-winning and celebrated writer, director and editor. He got his start in the entertainment business as a teenager by writing and directing plays in a Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to Sao Paolo at the age of 17, he got work as an editor for a production company then later as a 1st assistant director to high profile Brazilian advertising directors, of whose clients included Unilever, Mercedes-B...

Interview with Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace @ NVFF

Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace began his entertainment career on the stage at Improv/Olympic in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to LA, he wrote for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show then later went on to make performance appearances on major TV series Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, Narcos and more. As producer, he his titles include: The Scenesters (2009), It's A Disaster (2012), Mothers & Daughters (2016) and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), which was his director...

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