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SCREENINGS

AWARDS SEASON

SPECIAL EVENT

CELEBRITY TRIBUTES

SUBMIT

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

MIX & MINGLE

INDUSTRY EVENTS

FILM

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

NVFF’s program includes competitive screenings of 100+ new independent films for our audiences to enjoy and discuss with over 300 attending filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and industry executives; with countless opportunities for artist-audience interaction, inspiring student programs, Celebrity Tributes, and our exclusive Artist-in-Residence Program.

COMPETITION

Industry experts decide the Juried Awards and audience ranking determines the Audience Awards. Awards are presented at a festive Awards Ceremony on Saturday night before the Festival Gala. Competitive categories include:

  • Narrative Features

  • Narrative Shorts (under 20 minutes)
  • Documentary Features

  • Documentary Shorts (under 20 minutes)
  • Lounge Features (edgier fare)
  • Lounge Shorts (edgier fare)
  • Short Features (20 – 50 minutes)
SUBMIT YOUR FILM

STUDIO SNEAK PREVIEWS

AWARDS SEASON SCREENINGS

Our audiences get to enjoy sneak previews of prestigious films prior to their theatrical release. These films are aiming for Golden Globes and Oscar nominations.

VIEW NVFF16 FILM ARCHIVE

SPECIAL EVENT

CELEBRITY TRIBUTES

We complement each year’s screenings and conversations with tributes to Legends, Mavericks, Trailblazers and Rising Stars. The Thursday night Celebrity Tributes are a festival highlight.

Parties & Events | Festival Faculty | Celebrity Tributes

THE FILMMAKER EXPERIENCE

NVFF offers artists an unparalleled experience, both in terms of interacting and learning from sophisticated audiences and industry peers, but also in terms of the world-class food, wine and hospitality of Napa Valley, as NVFF treats all filmmakers to lodging in local hotels and B&Bs or with host families.

  • Unique Napa Valley Screening Venues with Q&A’s scheduled after each screening
  • Industry Networking at our festival parties and events, including the Opening Night Party, Industry Mixer, Friday Night Bash, Awards Ceremony & Festival Gala, and Closing Night Wrap Party
  • Celebrity Tributes to established filmmakers and rising stars. Check back in September for a list of this year’s faculty and honorees
SUBMIT YOUR FILM

Mentors | Panelists | Moderators

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The directors of our Narrative and Documentary Feature Films are accepted into our unique Artists-in-Residence Program in partnership with the incomparable Meadowood Napa Valley. These 20 or so talented filmmakers network with their peers, learn from industry mentors, and mingle with patrons and other Meadowood guests at a slew of intimate events. Meadowood also sponsors the twin $10,000 cash prizes awarded by the Jury for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature.

ENTRY RULES & FEES

2017 SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

FILM SUBMISSIONS FOR NVFF17 ARE NOW CLOSED!

Thank you to all those who submitted films to the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival! If you missed the deadline this year, we look forward to seeing your 2018 submissions, starting in February. We will be reaching out with acceptance letters to the 2017 Film Festival this week.

VIEW NVFF16 FILM ARCHIVE

Mentors | Press | Moderators

NVFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

This year we will be hosting a Screenplay Competition with Coverfly and Screencaft. The competition is open for entries and if you have a screenplay to submit, please do so before the Late Deadline, July 28. More details about the competition and prizes can be found via the links below. Please note that you may choose which of the following platforms to submit to. You only need to enter through one of them.

JUNE 3

EARLY BIRD

  • Screenplay Entry – $45

  • Screenplay Entry & 3+ Pages of Notes – $110

JULY 28

LATE DEADLINE

  • Screenplay Entry – $65
  • Screenplay Entry & 3+ Pages of Notes – $130

JULY 7

REGULAR DEADLINE

  • Screenplay Entry – $55
  • Screenplay Entry & 3+ Pages of Notes – $120
FILMFREEWAY
COVERFLY
WITHOUTABOX

Industry Events

We are committed to supporting the careers of working independent filmmakers and developing audiences who appreciate this exceptional and important storytelling art-form.

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12