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NVFF Education Programs: Workshops, Contests, and Screenings

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Education, Festival|

After launching our first ever High School Short Film Competition in partnership with NapaLearns, in January, we put together three student film workshops to encourage, inspire, and teach young filmmakers how to create their own projects. [...]

Behind the Vines: Wolf Family Vineyards

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , |

Wine tasting is a transporting experience from the sound of the clink-and-cheers, to the taste that allows you to vividly recall a special moment; and visiting places where the wine is made like Wolf Family [...]

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1104, 2017

NVFF Education Programs: Workshops, Contests, and Screenings

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Education, Festival|0 Comments

After launching our first ever High School Short Film Competition in partnership with NapaLearns, in January, we put together three student film workshops to encourage, inspire, and teach young filmmakers how to create their own projects. Our first workshop took place in March, and was taught by NVFF award winning filmmaker, Kim Rocco Shields. During this workshop over 20 High School students learned the ins and ours of pre-production, including story development and storyboarding. Sophie, from New Technology High School, is just one student who came up with her own short film idea. Her story will follow a high school student named Raven who learns to create her own identify while growing up in a conservative household where conflict emerges with her family members who hold different ideas and beliefs. Below she shares what she learned during the first student workshop. Before our High School Short Film Competition closes for submissions on June 2, we have two more student workshops coming up. The second takes place on APRIL 23 and will cover all aspects of production or "how to shoot your film." This workshop will be taught by Anthony Lucero, the director of NVFF14 film favorite, East Side Sushi. After learning from Anthony, students will focus [...]

1703, 2017

Some of our Favorite Dishes from 2016!

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine|0 Comments

To give you a taste  of what will be on the festival menu this year, we’re featuring some of our favorite dishes from NVFF16. At the Napa Valley Film Festival, there is no shortage of the best wine and food to pair with the great movies we’re curating for you. Enjoy and Cheers!   1st Course Maine lobster with sour apple, celery variations, and pecan. Paired with a 2013 ADAMVS Sauvignon Blanc at the NVFF Movie Mogul Dinner at Meadowood Napa Valley.   2nd Course Angus Beef Osso Bucco served in a Cabernet Sauce with Garden Vegetables. Paired with a 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from Raymond Vineyards at their NVFF Vintner Circle Dinner.   3rd Course Featured at Variety's 10 to Taste event, this dark chocolate cupcake was created by Chef Lisa Hiserman. It is topped with cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache and sea salt, and was inspired by the movie Splash. Hungry yet? Whip up this award-winning recipe below and share it with friends over a glass of Ceja Rose or Chardonnay. This salmon ceviche was featured at the NVFF Closing Night Wrap Party last November. Bon appétit!   Ceviche de Salmón Serves 8 people. Recipe by Ceja Vineyards owner Amelia Ceja (who is also a master chef).    [...]

2712, 2016

Behind the Vines: Wolf Family Vineyards

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Wine tasting is a transporting experience from the sound of the clink-and-cheers, to the taste that allows you to vividly recall a special moment; and visiting places where the wine is made like Wolf Family Vineyards in St. Helena, is truly magical.It’s sipping a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon next to a lush vineyard setting or swirling a glass of Sauvignon Blanc amidst the vines of an organically farmed estate. Wolf Family Vineyards, in the heart of Napa Valley, is wonderful and distinctive experience. It’s the simple pleasure of drinking good wine. The journey began when Jane and Doug Wolf embarked upon adventure in Napa Valley, not to start a business, but, like many others, to enjoy good wine in good company—by the most picturesque and beautiful places on Earth. It was that simply joy which led them to buy their first property, plant vines, and harvest their first crop to share among family and friends. Winemaking evolved from a hobby to true fruits of their labor. Their innate passion, stemming respect for the land and a love for wine to be shared. “Wolf Family Vineyards has remained small and family-owned throughout, never making more than 1000 cases per year, yet still [...]

1512, 2016

The Team Unseen: NVFF’s Creative Partners

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Each year, NVFF relies on the remarkable and enduring support of our creative partners to induce the magic of the Festival. From the event production and coverage to the beautiful photography and signage, the NVFF website, the annual Program Guide and marketing—all of it cannot be accomplished without these creative minds and dedicated men and women. From the stunning graphics and signage to the gorgeous Program Guide you look forward to each year, Seattle-based design firm Cognition Studio has been a heroic partner to NVFF. Working on sharp deadlines with a small team of incredible individuals led by their fearless leader Kristine Johnson, they tell our brand’s story with a keen understanding of who we are and what the Festival means to our community. They are so much more than a design partner—they are a part of our family. One of our most difficult pre-festival projects is assembling the annual Program Guide. With the creative direction of NVFF Co-Founder Marc Lhormer, Cognition’s team worked tirelessly to bring his vision to life on the page, and somehow manage to pack our entire festival into 208 beautiful pages. We cannot thank them enough for their design support and branding over the years, and the [...]

612, 2016

Vince Debuts at NVFF16

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Yes, NVFF is the Ultimate Film, Food and Wine Experience, but when Hollywood comes rolling into town that means fashion is center stage as well. The festival has plenty of opportunities to step up your style game from galas and redcarpet events, to film going and wine tasting in upscale wine country venues (would you show up to Freemark Abbey in anything but your best? of course not). Astute fashionistas may have noticed a new player on the fashion front this year: Vince. Vince teamed up with the Napa Valley Film Festival this year, becoming the first fashion company to align itself with the organization. “There is a strong synergy happening between film and fashion right now and the Napa Valley Film Festival, with its connection to food and wine and stellar lineup of screenings and presentations, is the perfect introduction for Vince into the world of film and entertainment,” said David Glasser, chief operating officer and president, Weinstein Co. In addition to providing Vince clothing to celebrity attendees and outfitting event hosts in Vince looks, NVFF foundersBrenda and Marc Lhormer showed off their winning style with Vince.When Marc shared the stage with Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Matthew McConaughey, we [...]

512, 2016

Have You Visited Liana Estates Yet?

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Opened in October 2016 and located among the beautiful rolling hills of Carneros in Napa Valley, Liana Estates offers a fresh approach to the modern winery experience and is one of the fall openings we are most excited about. Breaking the traditional Napa wine tasting mold, Liana Estates aims to provide distinct and extraordinary wines – including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, unique “lost grape” varietals, and sparkling from award-winning winemaker Sara Fowler – while offering immersive experiences inspired by the winery’s beautiful surroundings to elevate the overall wine tasting experience. Think: wellness activities such as “Brunch and Yoga,” a peaceful yoga class overlooking the scenic vineyard followed by a nourishing local Carneros bento box brunch paired with Liana bubbly; culinary experiences such as “Local Wine and Culinary Picnic,” which explores the many varietals of Liana wines followed by a specialty picnic of Carneros-inspired treats and a bottle of Liana wine; and scenic offerings including “Bayview Barn Sunsets,” which showcases the natural beauty of Carneros sunsets overlooking the San Pablo Bay along with Liana wines and gourmet bites on the property’s signature hillside. Liana Estates is a passion project of sisters Lisa and Ariana Peju, who grew up surrounded by their family’s [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12