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Announcing the NVFF17 Celebrity Tributes

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Join us as we salute the highest levels of cinematic achievement with our NVFF17 Celebrity Tributes. Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales hosts the event, honoring a versatile stage and screen standout, a twice-Oscar nominated trailblazer, [...]

Meet The Hess Collection Lioness

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Five generations of the Hess family and the recent celebration of its 30th vintage prove The Hess Collection is still pushing boundaries on Mount Veeder. Yet what is immediately interesting about The Hess Collection [...]

Join the NVFF17 Team: Stories from Past Volunteers

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , |

We've curated 10 amazing testimonials from volunteers to excite you to join our festival team. From working as a ringmaster who chats with celebrities and directors about their films to learning the tricks of [...]

Italics Winegrowers: Indulgence, Italicized

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For most new wineries, there’s a sense of intense competition as they begin to establish themselves among all the Napa Valley stalwarts who have staked a claim to the land and, more importantly, to the loyal [...]

Wine, Dine and Watch Movies in San Francisco

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In San Francisco there are endless entertainment opportunities for the taking. Sample the city's wines, dine in style or experience fascinating films!  Have a day pre or post festival? We recommend exploring San Francisco's [...]

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2109, 2017

Wine, Dine and Watch Movies in San Francisco

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In San Francisco there are endless entertainment opportunities for the taking. Sample the city's wines, dine in style or experience fascinating films!  Have a day pre or post festival? We recommend exploring San Francisco's extraordinary food, film and wine culture. The colorful and eccentric neighborhoods in San Francisco welcome visitors with open arms. W I N E Leo’s Oyster Bar Financial District 568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111 Leo's Oyster Bar is possibly one of the most “instagrammable” places to drink wine in San Francisco. Just look at the amazing interior in the photo above. From sparkling wine to red wine, the list goes on and on. Enjoy a cabernet sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy or a chardonnay right here from Napa Valley while pairing it with savory seafood.  Matching oysters with a superb glass of champagne is an experience you won’t soon forget. D I N E The Dorian Marina 2001 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123 If you want to go to a place popular with the younger crowds, head to the upscale Marina District. Here you can find great American Style food [...]

1309, 2017

The 2017 Festival Hubs | Napa Valley Film Festival

By | September 13th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year, the Napa Valley Film Festival Hubs offer passholders a place to discover new films, the finest food and wine in Napa Valley, afternoon entertainment, and more. Not sure what to expect? Use the icons and maps to navigate your way around the Hubs, and start planning your festival experience! Down Valley Hub | The CIA at Copia Box Office: Pick up your passes from November 7-12 Film Screenings: Watch films daily at the Copia Theater from November 8-12 Culinary Demonstrations: Participate in chef and filmmaker collaborations in the Culinary Theater from November 8-12 Afternoon Wine Tastings: Sip on a variety of Napa Valley wines from November 9-12 (every afternoon 3:00-5:00pm) Upvalley Hub | Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Box Office: Pick up your passes from November 7-12 Film Screenings: Watch films daily at the Farmstead Screening Venue from November 8-12 Afternoon Wine Tastings: Listen to musical acts over a glass of Napa Valley wine from November 9-12 (every afternoon 3:00-5:00pm) Artisan Pavilion: Artisans display and sell art and local goods on Sat and Sun,  November 11-12 [...]

1309, 2017

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural NVFF Screenplay Competition

By | September 13th, 2017|Categories: Festival, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

With nearly 400 entries into the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) inaugural Screenplay Competition — sponsored with ScreenCraft and Coverfly — NVFF is happy to announce the two Grand Prize-winning screenplays and the 17 Finalists. The two Grand Prize Winners will take part in NVFF’s exclusive Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program — which includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, as well as the chance to network with industry professionals, such as the other AIR filmmakers and faculty mentors. The screenplay-focused mentors on the AIR faculty this year are the Oscar-winning Jim Rash (The Descendants) and Independent Spirit Awards-nominated Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married). The other 17 Finalists will be given filmmaker credentials and invitations to attend this year’s festival. This is an exciting opportunity for each one of these burgeoning screenwriters. Below is a brief bio for the two Grand Prize Winners and the log-line for their winning screenplays, as well as a list of the 17 Finalists and their respective script titles. GRAND PRIZE WINNERS Nancy Duff Bio: In 2016, Nancy Duff was a recipient of the ScreenCraft Fellowship and selected as a participant in The Writers Lab, created by IRIS and NYWIFT, supported [...]

1109, 2017

Meet the 2017 NVFF Screening Venues

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year, the Napa Valley Film Festival has 9 venues throughout Napa, Yountville, and St. Helena. From historic wineries to beautiful cinemas, each screening venue provides a premiere viewing experience for all those who attend. Napa CIA at Copia Seats: 240 Address: 500 First Street, Napa Description: While the Culinary Institute of America might offer a state-of-the-art kitchen, the CIA at Copia's screening venue offers an equally state-of-the-art facility. The stadium style seating theater is perfect for film screenings, panel presentations and speakers series. This location is located in the heart of Downtown Napa. The JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Magrit Mondavi Theatre Seats: 300 Address: 1030 Main Street, Napa Description: This year, the Napa Valley Opera House will host the popular NVFF Lounge films during the festival. The Opera House lives above Blue Note Napa, one of the premiere Jazz houses in the world. On November 7, to kick off the film festival, Blue Note Napa will co-host two Dennis Quaid and the Sharks concerts. Reserve your tickets here.  Uptown Theater Seats: 850 Address: 1350 Third Street, Napa Description: Built in 1937 and refurbished in 2010, the Uptown Theater is a historic, [...]

709, 2017

Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards: A Legacy Built to Last

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

When Brian Cunat, owner of Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards, was asked to describe the first 10 years for his winery in one word, he quickly responded with “It’s been a ‘rush.” However, after discussing the immense changes he, his wife and his daughters have brought to the Oak Knoll District-based vineyard, his daughter Neena mentioned that maybe “rush” was not the word, but rather “transformation.” When the Cunat family first bought the 50-acre property, the land was only growing merlot. Now the land grows three white wines — sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and viognier — as well as four reds — merlot, malbec, syrah and petite verdot. Yet just increasing the type of wines that the vineyard can produce is not the only transformation Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards has experienced over the last 10 years. In addition, the Cunat family has focused the bulk of its energy on incorporating the best technology for making wines. In fact, the winery even has a full-time enologist to monitor wine chemistries. With a special system to monitor room temperatures for the fermentation process, along with humidity and carbon dioxide, the winery takes special care balancing technology with the production of their [...]

609, 2017

Meet the Napa Valley Film Festival 2017 Vintner Circle

By | September 6th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The NVFF Vintner Circle is an elite group of Napa Valley wineries that pair directly with the festival’s exclusive Patron Circle. Unlike any other film festival, we connect our guests with top Napa Valley vintners to create the ultimate film, food, and wine experience. The NVFF Vintner Circle members host intimate dinners, late night parties, and pour at exclusive VIP receptions during the festival. Learn more about the wineries and wine collections that make up this elite group of vintners below. Acumen Wines Acumen was founded by Eric Yuan and his family in 2012. Denis Malbec and Henrik Poulson were part of the original winemaking team and in 2017 Henrik Poulsen was named winemaker and general manager of Acumen supported by a viticulture team of Steve Matthiasson (who was interim winemaker from 2016-2017) and Garrett Buckland. Acumen comprises 116 acres of vineyards, Attelas and Edcora Vineyards at the northern part of volcanic, iron-rich Atlas Peak. Acumen’s two tiers of wines, Mountainside and PEAK, can be tasted at Acumen’s Wine gallery in downtown Napa. The wine gallery is a chic urban space with a tasting room and an art gallery designed by the painter, Vincent [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12