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2018 Vintner Circle Dinner Series

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On Friday, November 9 members of our  Patron Circle and invited guests enjoy one of the highlights of the festival: our famed Vintner Circle Dinners, over 20 sumptuous and intimate dinner parties which showcase the elements that [...]

Behind the Vines: Duckhorn Vineyards’ Renée Ary

By |October 9th, 2018|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , |

Artistry and science lie at the core of Renée Ary’s winemaking philosophy. As Duckhorn Vineyards’ Director of winemaking, Renée has employed this balance of passions to craft world class wine that rises above the rest. [...]

The Patron Circle Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: Festival|

The Napa Valley Film Festival is introducing new parties, venues and special event locations! This year, members of the Patron Circle will experience all of these exciting festival additions as well as receive the most exclusive access to [...]

Trade in a Summer Blockbuster for an Indie Darling

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Film, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In 1975, the term “blockbuster” was created. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had just been released, and the response to this movie going experience quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Moviegoers were flocking to the cinema time [...]

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1208, 2018

The Patron Circle Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: Festival|0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival is introducing new parties, venues and special event locations! This year, members of the Patron Circle will experience all of these exciting festival additions as well as receive the most exclusive access to filmmakers, industry power players and celebrities. Patrons of the film festival also enjoy Napa Valley’s finest food and wine at all the VIP receptions and parties. And the best part? They never have to wait in line! A-List Dinner Party: This year's A-List Dinner Party is at Black Stallion Winery! Expect the unexpected during this incredible film, food and wine event with live musical performances between each course. Festival Gala After Party: Don’t want the party to end? Head over to the Kitchen Collective for late night cocktails and conversations. Only NVFF Patrons and top VIP guests are on this party's exclusive door list. Opening Day Patron Pre-Reception: Soak up the spectacular view from the Archer Hotel Rooftop Bar while enjoying appetizers, Acumen wines and craft cocktails. Hosted by a new Patron Circle partner, Inspirato. SommSelect Wine Tastings: This year, the Sommeliers of SommSelect are partnering with Urbani Truffles to create wine and food pairings for Patron Circle members. This exclusive experience will take place at [...]

3105, 2018

Trade in a Summer Blockbuster for an Indie Darling

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Film, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In 1975, the term “blockbuster” was created. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had just been released, and the response to this movie going experience quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Moviegoers were flocking to the cinema time and time again to see a movie that was centered on exciting, fast-paced and escapist entertainment. Two years later, Star Wars expanded on Jaws’ success, causing many Hollywood producers to capitalize on the appeal of large-budget films that were all about spectacle. Fast forward 40 years, and movie theaters are still overflowing with these ultra-expensive studio films featuring super heroes and action stars. The release of the “summer blockbuster” no longer takes place when students are on break, but largely exists year round. Like many movie lovers, the Napa Valley Film Festival also enjoys these impressive films; however, all too often, we are finding that character-driven stories are getting overlooked, or worse buried. All year round, the Napa Valley Film Festival team proudly shares past festival favorites for your enjoyment. We believe independent film is filled with authentic gems worth the discovery, and now with the increase of video on demand, it is more important than ever to watch independent film in theaters. From a [...]

702, 2018

NVFF Films That Will Warm Your Heart

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

To celebrate Valentine's Day, cozy up with someone you love and watch a movie! From a romantic comedy to a 1950s romance, these films showcase some of the best love stories told by NVFF filmmakers. Amanda & Jack Go Glamping, directed by Brandon Dickerson Available on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu now. Carol, directed by Todd Haynes Available on Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, iTunes, YouTube and Google Play. Emily & Tim, directed by Eric Weber Available on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Google Play I Love You Both, directed by Doug Archibald Available on Hulu, On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and Google Play Sticky Notes, directed by Amanda Sharp Available on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Google Play

1901, 2018

Movies to Watch in January

By |January 19th, 2018|Categories: Film|0 Comments

There are a handful of NVFF17 films coming to theaters and digital platforms this month. Check out the trailers below to learn more about these films, and let us know which one you decide to watch this weekend! American Folk, directed by David Heinz In theaters and on demand January 26. Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table, directed by Leslie Iwerks Available on Netflix now. People You May Know, directed by JC Falcón Available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu now. The Leisure Seeker, directed by Paolo Virzì In theaters January 19. The Relationtrip, directed by Renée Felice Smith & Chris Gabriel Available on iTunes, Amazon, Google PLay, Fandango and Vudu now. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, directed by Jennifer Kroot Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play now.

512, 2017

Behind the Vines with RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Bespoke Collection is becoming the ultimate experience within the Napa Valley, finding a delicate balance between hospitality, wine, art, scenic locations, and design. Talking with Creative Director, Founder, and Owner Michael Polenske, he admits that since his time in college, he knew that he wanted to balance business, wine, and the great hospitality found within the Napa Valley at some point in his career. “When I graduated, I graduated with a degree in finance and an interest and a love of wine. I said I want to marry my two passions. I love what I’m doing in financial services, but I would love to do it in the wine industry.” Yet Michael’s start in wine country would take a back seat to his first job with American Express Financial Advisors, who would have Michael working in wine country zip codes, but only part of the time. Instead, his other energy was spent in the burgeoning location that would quickly become what is modern day Silicon Valley. This technology boom, however, was a blessing to Michael as he was promoted to President and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank & Trust Co after heading up the private banking [...]

2111, 2017

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley: An Art, Wine, & Design Gallery

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The quintessential space for guests to experience Napa Valley living, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is setting itself apart from all of the wineries in the Valley. When guests arrive at this historic stone building in downtown Yountville, they are introduced to an art, wine, and design experience. Not only does Ma(i)sonry have the distinction of being curated by Arena Galleries & Gardens, it is also a unique wine collective home to over 100 boutique wineries around the Valley, creating an incomparably idyllic setting for all those who visit. “We partner with 20 world-class winemakers who focus on very high quality production and low allocation. A lot of these wines aren’t found outside of these walls. They are the gems of Napa Valley and Sonoma,” said Justin Vazquez, a Ma(i)sonry Wine Consultant dedicated to creating a guest’s perfect tasting experience. A Ma(i)sonry tasting experience is entirely designed to fit each guest’s preference. From the get-go, when guests first enter the large glass doors of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, they are introduced to a curated art gallery by ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens. Once inside, if they want more information regarding the art, consultants are on hand to answer questions or take guests on [...]

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11