Each November, just as harvest and the peak tourist season is winding down, the focus shifts from grapes and wine to the cinema as the Napa Valley Film Festival brings hundreds of filmmakers, actors, directors and documentarians to the valley. With screenings, galas, dinners and discussions in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga there is something for everyone — from the most serious film student to the casual moviegoer. And while the movies are not all about wine (very few, actually) the wine receptions are more than an afterthought.
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Napa Valley Film Festival
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) takes place November 13-17 and features 125 films, 300 filmmakers, 50 chefs. and 150 wines. I may be biased, but we love NVFF and can't wait until November!
In its first two years, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has established itself as a unique addition to the worldwide film festival landscape. This five-day celebration of the cinematic art of storytelling is enhanced by the spectacular backdrop of Napa Valley’s legendary food, wine, and scenery. As the first program to take place simultaneously in the four picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga, NVFF has been called the most ambitious and impressive festival launch since Tribeca.
NVFF’s late fall timeslot of five days in November dovetails with many of the year’s most anticipated studio films going into Awards season, making it the highly anticipated bookend film festival event to January’s Sundance Film Festival.
To read about some of the films and talent being showcased in their year’s film festival, visit: