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2508, 2016

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces First Slate of Celebrity Tribute Honorees for Sixth Annual Event

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Celebrity Tributes include Zoey Deutch, Chloe Grace Moretz and Glen Powell. Additional Tributes to be announced in September Napa, California (August 25, 2016) – The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its first three honorees that will receive Tributes during the sixth annual edition of the festival to be held November 9-13, 2016. Additional honorees will be named at a future date. The highly anticipated Celebrity Tributes, saluting the highest level of cinematic achievement by established players and rising stars, returns to the Lincoln Theater in Yountville on Thursday, November 10 as part of the festival’s line-up of special events. The festival will salute Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!, Why Him?) and Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some!!, Hidden Figures) as Domaine Chandon Rising Stars. Chloe Grace Moretz (The Equalizer, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) will receive the Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Tribute. This year’s program will be hosted by Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover who will conduct intimate on-stage conversations with the honorees after presentations of film clips from each honoree’s work. “We are thrilled to share our hospitality, food, wine, and our appreciative film-loving audiences with these fantastic actors,” said NVFF Co-Founder/Director Brenda Lhormer. [...]

210, 2015

Fifth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Celebrity Tributes include Bruce Dern, Lydia Hearst, Keegan-Michael Key, Evan Peters, John Travolta and Finn Wittrock. Notable attendees include Emilie de Ravin, Chef Curtis Duffy, Eliza Dushku, Atom Egoyan, Blye Faust, Jonathan Gold, Todd Haynes, Robert Lantos, Josh Mond, Jessie Nelson, Chef Georges Perrier and more Napa, California (October 2, 2015) – The fifth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its program line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, special events and honorees for its Celebrity Tributes. The NVFF, along with this year’s presenting sponsor Lexus – the Official Automotive Luxury Sponsor, returns in full force with a five-day festival showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 12 unique screening venues in the four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 11-15. Organizers also showcase Napa Valley’s finest food and wine at all special events, VIP receptions and Vintners Circle dinners, and are featuring a lively series of chef presentations and demonstrations on the Ferguson Culinary Stage presented by Traditional Home. “We’re looking forward to sharing our incredible line-up of new independent discoveries and awards season contenders with our enthusiastic and appreciative audiences,” said NVFF Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. “Between [...]

109, 2015

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE TO WORLD PREMIERE AS OPENING NIGHT FILM AT THE 2015 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

By | September 1st, 2015|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Jason Wise’s Widely Anticipated Follow-Up to His 2013 Hit Film SOMM Will Kick-Off the Festival’s 5th Edition on November 11 NAPA, CA (September 1, 2015) – The Napa Valley Film Festival today announced that Samuel Goldwyn Films’ SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Film on November 11, 2015. SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE is writer/director Jason Wise’s highly anticipated follow-up to his 2013 acclaimed film SOMM, which provided viewers with an illuminating look into the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. SOMM also world premiered as the Opening Night Film at the Napa Valley Film Festival, at the festival’s second edition in 2012. Through the eyes of the world’s greatest somms and winemakers, SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE raises the curtain on the seldom-seen world that surrounds the wine we drink by allowing viewers intimate access to the most accomplished sommeliers in the world, as well as to some of the most prestigious winemakers working today. By opening some of the world’s most rare bottles of wine, the viewer will understand how a wine ages, what happens in a cellar and exactly what oak in wine means. The film [...]

107, 2015

LEXUS AND THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE THIRD ANNUAL LEXUS SHORT FILM SERIES

By | July 1st, 2015|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Finalists to be announced during closing ceremonies of the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival Napa Valley, Calif. (July 01, 2015) – Lexus and The Weinstein Company announced today the return of the annual Lexus Short Film series – but with a new, exciting twist for filmmakers. For the first time ever, the Lexus Short Film series will be open to submissions from aspiring directors within the worldwide filmmaking community. As of July 15, 2015, emerging filmmakers can submit a short film of 20 minutes or less as an example of their past work for consideration through www.lexusshortfilms.com, in collaboration with Withoutabox, the leading service for film festivals and filmmakers. First launched in 2013 as a way to support a new generation of emerging filmmakers, the Lexus Short Film series has produced and promotionally supported aspiring filmmakers and their short films. “The Lexus Short Film series is an excellent way to recognize new filmmakers and bring attention to the short film format,” said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-chairman. “Over the past two years, we have seen that there is an incredible amount of undiscovered talent. We are thrilled to once again partner with Lexus on this exciting endeavor and continue to discover [...]

1711, 2014

2014 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

By | November 17th, 2014|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Sold-Out Shows, Celebrity Tributes, and Inspired Films Paired with Incredible Food and Wine Napa Valley, CA (November 17, 2014) - Capping off a successful week of culinary, wine and film excellence the 4th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at City Winery on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  The Festival, held from November 12-16 screened 125 films showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 14 unique screening venues in the four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Festival Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce the completion of another successful festival stating “It's been a tremendous 4th year and we are thrilled by the excellence of the films in our lineup paired with equally as impressive culinary and wine events. It has been our pleasure to host such creative story-tellers and enthusiastic film-loving audiences once again in Napa Valley.” “2014 was the filmmaking equivalent of a vintage that will go down in history. The films here touched audience in ways that will last for a long, long time. For us as Jury members, it was an honor for us to celebrate these films. My advice [...]

910, 2014

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Announces Mercedes-Benz as The Official Automobile Sponsor of 2014

By | October 9th, 2014|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Luxury Automaker to Transport Celebrity Attendees and Display Exciting New Vehicles throughout the Festival Napa, California (October 07, 2014) – Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce Mercedes-Benz as the Official Automobile Sponsor of 2014. Mercedes-Benz takes a starring role in the five-day celebration of the best new independent films and sneak previews of awards season contenders, screened in 12 beautiful venues, paired with Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, in Napa Valley’s postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 12 – 16. The Napa Valley Film Festival will showcase Mercedes-Benz’s reputation as a worldwide luxury leader who seamlessly blends elegance and innovation in everything it does. As the Official Automobile Sponsor of the Napa Valley Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz will have a strong presence throughout the Valley. Predominantly featured as a cornerstone of the Napa Lifestyle Pavilion (at 500 First in downtown Napa), the Mercedes-Benz Theater will show off the luxurious S550 and C400 sedans. Additional vehicles, including the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive will also be showcased at key festival red-carpet events and locations including the Traditional Home Culinary Stage in Yountville; the Celebrity Tribute Program [...]

708, 2014

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL TRADITIONAL HOME CULINARY STAGE & WINE PAVILIONS

By | August 7th, 2014|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

WHAT: The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is the ultimate celebration of new film, food and wine, in the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16. In addition to amazing film, attendees enjoy food panels, culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, winemaker dinners and more. WHEN: November 13-16, 2014 WHERE: Join us at the Traditional Home Culinary Stage as food, film, and wine experts share their creativity and mouthwatering insights. Also, the Terlato Lounge is open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and features Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill, and Terlato Family Vineyards wines. Calistoga Wine Pavilion is located at 1506 Lincoln Ave at the Contemporary Calistoga Gallery at Indian Springs Helena Wine Pavilion is located at 738 Main Street, St. Helena at Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch The Traditional Home Culinary Stage* and Yountville Wine Pavilion are located at 6525 Washington Street at V Marketplace Napa Wine Pavilion is located at 500 First Street in the Lifestyle Pavilion   Thursday, November 13, 2014 Traditional Home Culinary Stage 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.: Kara Lind Presents: Kara’s Wine Infused Cupcakes Kara Lind prepares a batch of chocolate cupcakes with delightful hints of wine from [...]

2801, 2014

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2014 Call for Entries

By | January 28th, 2014|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

4th annual Film Festival, November 12 – 16, 2014, includes $10,000 cash prize for Best Narrative Feature Film, presented by Meadowood Napa Valley NAPA, Calif. (January 28, 2014) – The increasingly buzzed about Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is now accepting film submissions for the fourth annual event. The ultimate celebration of the best new independent films and studio sneak previews, elevated by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality, NVFF unspools November 12-16, with a five-day immersive experience that lights up the gloriously scenic towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. NVFF welcomes submissions of any genre and will be selecting approximately 120 new films, including narrative features, documentaries, world cinema, short films, animation, and student works. Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. NVFF also features a selection of bold, boundary-pushing films in a dedicated venue called The Lounge. Categories eligible for Juried Awards include: U.S. Narrative Features and Shorts, U.S. Documentary Features and Short Subjects, and the Animated Short Films Category, sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel. Special Jury Awards will be presented for Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast. Audience Awards will be bestowed on Favorites [...]

1709, 2013

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Announces Major Sponsors for the Third Annual Festival, November 13-17

By | September 17th, 2013|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Innovative technology, production introductions and new short film screenings on display during the 5-day festival in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga Napa, California (September 17, 2013) – Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce the major sponsors of this year’s festival and the generous companies who help make this annual event possible. The NVFF sponsors ensure the best new independent films will be screened in 12 uniquely designed venues along with Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality.  NVFF returns in full force with a five-day Festival spanning Napa Valley’s four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 13 – 17. Cadillac has come on board as NVFF’s official vehicle and will have a strong presence throughout the valley showcasing the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan, the North American car of the year, the Cadillac ATS and the full size luxury sedan, the Cadillac XTS. Cadillac will be highlighted at the Cadillac Theater at 500 First Street, NVFF’s newest addition to the festival the LifeStyle Pavilion and the Celebrity Tribute Program at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. The Lifestyle Pavilion, an enormous and impressive structure built exclusively for [...]

1709, 2013

Third Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces This Year’s Line-Up of Must-See Star-Studded Films

By | September 17th, 2013|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Sneak Preview Screenings include Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County, The Immigrant and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom   Napa, California, (September 17, 2013) – Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce several of the festival’s star-studded headlining films, as well as the first set of honorees to be feted at the Celebrity Tribute Program, hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. Showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 12 uniquely designed screening venues along with Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, NVFF returns in full force with a five-day Festival spanning Napa Valley’s four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 13 – 17. On Opening Night, Wednesday, November 13, the Festival will present August: Osage County, based on the award winning play, and directed by John Wells, one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers for television, film and stage. The film stars the legendary Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, as part of a dysfunctional family returning to their home in Oklahoma. Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin round out the stellar supporting [...]

1608, 2013

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 JURY

By | August 16th, 2013|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

Director Joe Carnahan to Serve as President of the Jury for third annual Festival, November 13-17 Napa, Calif. (August 16, 2013) – The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce the composition of the Jury for the third annual Festival, scheduled November 13 – 17, 2013. Leading the Jury will be Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team, The Grey), the respected film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor “We are thrilled and honored to have the Jury line-up that we do for the third Annual Napa Valley Film Festival,” said Marc Lhormer, Executive and Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival.  “All of the Jurors exude passion, experience, and excitement for the film industry and contribute their own knowledge and diverse background to the Festival.  We look forward to hearing what this year’s high caliber Judges think about the film selections, of which we are incredibly proud.” Juried categories include U.S. Narrative Features, U.S. Documentary Features and Short Films, U.S. Narrative Short Films, and Animated Short Films.  The Narrative Features Jury will award a $10,000 cash prize, presented by Meadowood Napa Valley, to the Director of the Best Narrative Feature. The winner of the best film in [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12