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Napa Valley Film Festival


The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 11 - 15 (Wednesday - Sunday) in the four walk-able villagesof Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Each year the festival features 125 new independent films, 300+ filmmakers and film industry guests, 150 wineries, 30 chefs, and an array of culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, and special events.

The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The festival's co-creators (and Cinema Napa Valley Founders) are Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers and distributors of the feature film BOTTLE SHOCK, about the historic upset victory by Napa Valley wines over the French at the infamous 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. BOTTLE SHOCK premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before going on to international theatrical distribution. The husband-and-wife team also ran the successful Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 through 2008. In addition to producing the annual Napa Valley Film Festival, Cinema Napa Valley presents special film programs throughout the year and provides support to student filmmaking programs in Napa Valley schools. To learn more, visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org.


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Actress Tessa Thompson Received the JCB Collection Trailblazer Tribute at the 7th Annual; Napa Valley Film Festival.

THOR: RAGNAROK AND WESTWORLD’S TESSA THOMPSON RECEIVED THE JCB COLLECTION TRAILBLAZER TRIBUTE AT THE 7th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL   Thompson joined fellow Celebrity Tribute Honorees Nancy Meyers, Will Ferrell, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed The seventh annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) awarded actress Tessa Thompson the JCB Collection Trailblazer Tribute at this year’s Celebrity Tributes presentation on November 9....

Interview with Actor George Kosturos for 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016)

  After yet another successful Napa Valley Film Festival in 2017, looking back to last year's 2016 Audience Award for Favorite Actor and Jury Award for Special Performance, actor George Kosturos speaks about his experience making the film 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' and winning multiple awards at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival.  Palm Springs native George Kosturos is a talented acting force in the indie film world making a splash success as &...

Interview With Director Cameo Wood for 'Real Artists' (2017)

  Director/Producer Cameo Wood’s first narrative film 'Real Artists' (2017) starring Tiffany Hines (Bones, 24: Legacy) and Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club/Berlin Station) made its debut at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival as part of the 2017 Marché du Film. Adapted from the short story by bestselling author Ken Liu, 'Real Artists' takes place in the near future and tells the story about an animator challenged to ch...

2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Award Winners

  2017 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   Winners include “Quest,” “Stuck” and Mackenzie Davis for “Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town”   Napa Valley, CA - The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Festival, held from November 8-12, screened 124 films, includi...

Seventh Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Films, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees

  Seventh Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Films, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees   Honorees Included Will Ferrell (Maverick Actor Tribute), Nancy Meyers (Legendary Filmmaker Award), Michael Shannon (Trailblazer Tribute) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Spotlight Tribute)   Rising Star Tributes Were Awarded to Ana de Armas, Odeya Rush, Austin Stowell, Gregg Sulkin and Alex Wolff   A Special Humanitarian Tribute was given to Nikki Reed and Ian Some...

Interview with Filmmaker Jeannie Donohoe on 'GAME' @ 2016 NVFF

Writer/Director Jeannie Donohoe presented her short film 'Game' to this year's Napa Valley Film Festival as one of four short films in the Lexus Short Films (LSF) series at the 2016 NVFF. In its 3rd year as part of a production and distribution partnership between NVFF, the Weinstein Company and Lexus International for Lexus Short Films (LSF), four talented LSF directors, Alexis Michalik, Damian Walshe-Howling, Jeannie Donohoe and Kev Cahill featured their short films. Honorary Dir...

The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival in Wine Country

The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) opened with a special screening of The Weinstein Company’s Lion, where Dev Patel participated in an on-stage Q&A for the audience. On Thursday, the festival hosted two special tribute presentations, starting with Matthew McConaughey, who received the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor award, followed by the annual Celebrity Tributes program in which Kurt Russell (Charles Krug Legendary Actor), Lee Daniels (Charles Krug Legendary Filmmake...

Legendary Filmmaker Honoree Lee Daniels @ 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival

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The Lexus Short Films premiered the films of four talented filmmakers, Alex Michalik, Damian Walshe-Howling, Jeannie Donohoe and Kev Cahill at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Legendary Filmmaker Honoree Lee Daniels joined moderator Mike Fleming  for a Q&A following world premiere screening. Mike Flemings as a mentor to the up-and-coming directors, and discussed breaking into the film Industry (and other industry topics). Cuba Gooding Jr., The ...

Actor Dev Patel @ 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival

  The Napa Valley Film Festival kicked off the highly anticipated 6th annual weekend with an opening night screening of The Weinstein Company's “Lion,” starring actor Dev Patel.  Patel was in attendanceand participated in a post-screening Q&A that was moderated by Deadline Hollywood’s Editor-in-Chief, Mike Fleming.      ...

NVFF Honored Matthew McConaughey with the Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Tribute

   The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival honored Matthew McConaughey with the Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Tribute in celebration of his cinematic achievements. Prior to the ceremony, McConaughey's new film "Gold" screened for festival patrons. After the screening Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming hosted and moderated the on-stage conversation. Matthew was joined by his wife Camilla Alves.  McConaughey, is best known for his Ac...

2016 Napa Valley Film Festival Festival Award Winners

  Winners include Katie Holmes’ “All We Had” and George Kosturos for “American Wrestler”   Napa Valley, CA (November 12, 2016) – The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  The Festival, held from November 9-13, screened the 120 films, including the 20 in NVFF’s core...

2015 Napa Valley Film Festival Award Winners

  Lexus and The Weinstein Company Also Reveal Winners of the Third Lexus Short Film Series at the Closing Ceremony To round out an outstanding week of film, food, and wine the 5th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF)announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre on Sunday, November 15, 2015.  The Festival, held from November 11-15screened 120 films showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 12 unique th...

Napa Valley Film Festival November 11-15, 2015

Somm: Into the Bottle Opening Night Party with Director Jason Wise, somm and documentary subject DLynn Proctor and Festival Co-Founder Marc Lhormer at the Riverfront Promenade at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival took plack from November 11-15, 2015.  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Caption: Carol Screening with Producer Christine Vachon and Composer Carter Burwell at the Uptown Theatre at the ...

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival.

  SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival. Jason Wise’s Widely Anticipated Follow-Up to His 2013 Hit Film SOMM Kicked-Off the Festival’s 5th Edition on November 11 NAPA, CA- The Napa Valley Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE held 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 ...

3rd Street Blackout @ Napa Valley Film Festival

    The feature film 3RD STREET BLACKOUT screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Nov. 15th 3RD STREET BLACKOUT is a romantic comedy set in the blackout after Hurricane Sandy when an internet savvy couple is forced to deal with their ­flailing relationship in an analogue world. How far would you go to deliver a note in a blackout? Starring: Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman (Daily Show), Jordan Carlos (Nightly Show), Phyllis Somervill...

"Well Wishes" @ Napa Valley Film Festival

  NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 2015 Presents "Well Wishes" Synopsis: After losing his job on a coin toss, Miles gets rich harvesting coins out of wishing fountains across the country; until his prosperity is questioned by best friend Jack, Durwood the vagrant, and a kind-hearted fugitive who ultimately teach him the real meaning of wealth and happiness. Writer/Director: Anderson Boyd Cast: Shane Callahan (Under The Dome), Cullen Moss (The Notebook), Anna Stromberg...

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

  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 – The fifth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its program line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, specia...
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