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The 2017 Festival Hubs | Napa Valley Film Festival

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

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 [...]

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural NVFF Screenplay Competition

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

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 [...]

Meet the 2017 NVFF Screening Venues

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

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 [...]

Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards: A Legacy Built to Last

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

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 [...]

Meet the Napa Valley Film Festival 2017 Vintner Circle

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

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 [...]

Tamber Bey Vineyards and Winery: A Horse and Wine Experience

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , , , |

Visiting Tamber Bey Winery at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga is a high-end tasting experience in a laid-back environment. Named one of the top winery tours in Napa Valley by USA Today, the tasting [...]


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109, 2017

Tamber Bey Vineyards and Winery: A Horse and Wine Experience

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Visiting Tamber Bey Winery at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga is a high-end tasting experience in a laid-back environment. Named one of the top winery tours in Napa Valley by USA Today, the tasting room is an original barn clubhouse designed by renowned architect Howard Backen. Tamber Bey was founded in 1999, when owners Barry and Jennifer Waitte purchased a 60-acre vineyard in the Yountville Appellation and an 11-acre property in the Oakville Appellation. Named after Barry’s first Arabian horses, Tamborina and Beyamo, Tamber Bey combines the Waittes’ love of horses and wine. “My initial plan was to just be a grape grower,” says Barry Waitte. “But then I couldn’t resist the urge to make a little wine. My first vintage was 2001. I produced 150 cases. That’s six barrels of wine. It turned out pretty good, so I made a little more the next year, and then the next." In 2012, Barry and Jennifer purchased Sundance Ranch, a 22 ½ acre equestrian facility in Calistoga. Then in 2013, they opened the winery and tasting room. The ranch is also home to the Waittes’ endurance horses. Both Barry and Jennifer compete in races covering 50 to 100 [...]

2308, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Culinary Theater

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Festival|2 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is excited to announce its collaboration with the CIA at Copia, the Culinary Institute of America’s newest property in downtown Napa. The first CIA operation completely open to the public, this location offers daily cooking and beverage classes, wine tastings, a full-service bar and restaurant, and a lifestyle store. This year, the CIA at Copia will house the NVFF Culinary Theater, one of our many “off-screen” experiences. Situated inside the Copia’s Napa Valley Vintner’s Theater, the NVFF Culinary Theater will serve as the exclusive destination for culinary demonstrations during the festival. These demonstrations offer pass holders access to Napa Valley’s world-renowned food and wine. The Napa Valley Vintners Theater is an exceptional, fully equipped demonstration kitchen with raked seating. The inspiration behind this special “off-screen” experience comes from many of the food and wine themed films playing at the festival. Both film and food have the ability to transport individuals to places around the globe while broadening their opinions and perspectives on life. That is why, this year, our culinary demonstrations are now hands on collaborations between Chefs and NVFF17 Filmmakers. During these culinary demonstrations, food-themed films will inspire many of the [...]

1708, 2017

Bring on the Bubbly

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is excited to announce JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset as the Official Sparkling Wine Sponsor for NVFF17. The ultimate film, food, and wine festival, NVFF lights up Wine Country during the most colorful time of the year. NVFF features over 120 new independent films, studio sneak previews, and filmmaker Q&A’s in gorgeous winery venues and theaters across the Valley. Other festival highlights include the extravagant Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, culinary demonstrations at the CIA at Copia, and afternoon wine tastings. Now, during the festival's swankiest parties and events, NVFF pass holders will sip on the finest JCB sparkling wines. The innovative JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset brings together two worlds of winemaking—Old and New. With the collection, Jean-Charles celebrates his French heritage while embracing his passion for California. Each wine in the collection is a limited edition, and “named” with a number. These numbers signify important ideas, passions and moments in Jean-Charles' life and wine career. Get ready to party this November. The forecast? 100% chance of bubbles. Buy your passes here using the special discount code, JCB, for $50 off passes!

1608, 2017

NVFF 2017: The Narrative and Documentary Films in Core Competition

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Film, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is proud to announce the Narrative and Documentary Feature Films in core competition during NVFF17, November 8-12. Every year, the filmmakers in competition participate in our Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program, and receive a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, a luxurious resort and spa. During the first two days of the film festival, AIR filmmakers are given the opportunity to network with industry leaders in panels and masterclasses. In addition, Meadowood awards a $10,000 cash prize to the jury award winner of the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature in competition. We look forward to providing the rest of the film lineup in September, but are extremely excited to share these core competition films with you today. NARRATIVE FEATURES IN COMPETITION Asa Butterfield and Ellen Burstyn in The House of Tomorrow American Folk — Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, embark on a road trip to New York in the days following 9/11. Starring Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth. Directed by David Heinz. The Boy Downstairs — A young woman is forced to reflect on a past relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment [...]

1108, 2017

NVFF Insider Tips: Where to Stay in Napa Valley

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Napa Valley is home to a wide range of exquisite lodging options, from five-star resorts Up Valley to intimate bed and breakfasts in Downtown Napa. Experience the perfect Wine Country getaway during the Napa Valley Film Festival. Remember, rooms fill up well before November, so make your reservations today! And be sure to mention you are coming for the Napa Valley Film Festival! Andaz Hotel Napa 1450 1st St Napa, CA 94559 (707) 687-1234 Experience the natural beauty, food and wine culture of the Valley in new and innovative ways at this boutique Napa Valley hotel. Enjoy a dynamic environment full of welcoming spaces with natural elements designed to enhance your vacation experience. This hotel is very close to all NVFF screening venues in downtown Napa. Archer Hotel Napa 1230 1st St Napa, CA 94559 (707) 690-9800 This luxury boutique hotel is a welcome new addition to lively downtown Napa. The 5-story hotel will anchor First Street Napa with its distinctive mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment in the heart of a walkable downtown. This hotel is walkable to all NVFF screening venues in Napa. [...]

1108, 2017

VGS Chateau Potelle: It’s Very Good S*!%

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On the edge of downtown St. Helena sits a quaint white house with an inviting yellow door. As you make your way through the flower and topiary garden, both French, and American flags hang in the doorway. This is VGS Chateau Potelle. When owner Jean-Noel Fourmeaux du Sartel first came to America, he had no intention of staying. In fact, the French government was responsible for sending him abroad in the first place. As an Official Wine Taster for France, it became Jean-Noel’s job to find out exactly what was happening in Napa Valley. The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 had created such uproar that the French government wanted Jean-Noel to spy on the state of winemaking in America. Six months later, he decided to stay. When we asked Jean-Noel why he made this bold decision he replied, “In 1980, America was starting a culinary revolution. I knew if food continued to change, then wine would have to change in style as well. To me, wine is experience, joy and pleasure. Just as you have a vision for a dish, you should also have a vision for your wine.” Originally from Bordeaux, Jean-Noel fell in [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12