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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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Celebrity Tributes at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF)

 Alice Eve, Billy Bob Thornton and Laurence Fishburne  The annual Celebrity Tributes program rounded out day 2 of the festival with Hollywood’s finest being honored including Laurence Fishburne (Charles Krug Legendary Actor honoree), Billy Bob Thornton (Caldwell Vineyard Maverick honoree) and Alice Eve (Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer honoree). Access’ Scott Evans hosted the annual event, which was also attended by Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, and Tye Sheridan who were ...

The Groundlings Theatre & School and Geena Davis Receive Tributes at Napa Valley Film Festival

  On Friday, November 9th, the Napa Valley Film Festival was pleased to honor The Groundlings Theatre & School with the Miner Family Winery Legacy Ensemble Tribute in a special presentation that consisted of an on-stage conversation with Groundlings alumni including Jordan Black, Stephanie Courtney, Tracy Newman, Cheri Oteri, Julia Sweeney and Michaela Watkins, moderated by current Groundling Michael Churven. The theater was filled with laughter as the group looked back on their time a...

2018 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

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2018 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   Winners include “Tomorrow,” “TransMilitary” and “Fear Us Women”   Cinema Napa Valley Announces Dates for 2019 Festival   Napa Valley, CA (November 10, 2018) – The 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  The Festival, held from November 7...

The 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Opening Night 2018

Actor Paul Sloan, screenwriters Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie and composer Kristopher Bowers The 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) kicked off on Wednesday, November 7 with a screening of their Opening Night film Green Book. Screenwriters Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, actor Paul Sloan, and composer Kristopher Bowers were in attendance and participated in a Q&A for audiences following the screening. Actors William Fichtner and Kim Coates w...

Billy Bob Thornton to Receive Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Tribute at 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

BILLY BOB THORNTON TO RECEIVE CALDWELL VINEYARD MAVERICK TRIBUTE AND ALICE EVE TO RECEIVE RAYMOND VINEYARDS TRAILBLAZER TRIBUTE AT THE 8th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL   Thornton and Eve join fellow Tribute honorees Geena Davis and Laurence Fishburne, Rising Stars Taissa Farmiga, Billy Magnussen, Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp, and Groundlings Theatre & School esteemed alumni   Napa, California – The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Fes...

Interview with Brenda Lhormer, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF)

Co-founder and co-director of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Brenda Lhormer is an 8th generation Northern Californian native who runs the festival with husband and co-founder Marc Lhormer. The festival began in 2011 and has been growing exponentially ever since its inception in size, attendance and vision. This celebratory miscellany of specialty cuisine, wine, independent film and the arts started in the 1980s as just a pipe-dream for the married couple, an idea that has metamorphosed d...

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

  Festival to Open with Green Book, Close with Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind   Honorees Include Geena Davis, Laurence Fishburne, Rising Stars Taissa Farmiga, Billy Magnussen, Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp   Stephanie Courtney, Taran Killam, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri and Julia Sweeney to Accept Miner Family Winery Legacy Ensemble Tribute on Behalf of The Groundlings Theatre and School    Napa, California – The eighth an...

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) November 7-11

THE STARS COME OUT TO NAPA! KATIE CASSIDY, KIM COATES, STEPHANIE COURTNEY, GEENA DAVIS, TATE DONOVAN, TAISSA FARMIGA, WILLIAM FICHTNER, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, CHEF TYLER FLORENCE, FRANK GRILLO, JOHN KARNA, ALEX KARPOVSKY, TARAN KILLAM, MATTHEW LILLARD, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, CAMILA MENDES, LOGAN MILLER, LAMORNE MORRIS, LARAINE NEWMAN, CHERI OTERI, DEBBY RYAN, ROSA SALAZAR, SKYLER SAMUELS, TYE SHERIDAN, ALEXANDRA SHIPP, JULIA SWEENEY AND MORE TO ATTEND 8TH ANNUAL EVENT The Napa Valley Film F...

8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

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8th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESITVAL The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, in the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 7-11. Now in its 8th year, the Napa Valley Film Festival will feature over 100 new independent films to be screened alongside awards season contending films screening in beautiful venues throughout the Valley, as visiting filmmakers and celebrities interact...

2018 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Narrative & Documentary Films in Competition

  Festival to showcase films starring Danielle Campbell, Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan, William Fichtner, Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn, Matthew Lillard, Missi Pyle, Debby Ryan and more   Napa, California – The 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 7 - 11, announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups in core competition today. The complete program lineup of approximately 100 films, including special presentations, award season ...

Interview With Writer/Director Thiago Dadalt for 'Chocolate' (2017)

    Multi award winning short 'Chocolate' (2017) is the latest work by Brazilian writer/director/producer Thiago Dadalt. Thiago's career began with the stage as a play director; after which, he switched to film. Since producing and directing his first short film, 'The Postman', (2007), he also made films 'Life on a Leash', 'On My Way'', '2nd Time Around' and headed commercials for Unilever and Mercedes Benz. Thi...

Interview with Rasmus Dinesen for 'Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017)

Danish director Rasmus Dinesen's documentary 'Michelen Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017) recounts the history of the Michelen Guide's coming to being and its evolution into the canon go to book reference for the best culinary restaurants. The film travels to Michelen star restaurants around the globe to hear stories and perspectives from the kitchen by their award winning chefs. Produced by Jasper Jarl Becker, the film is being distributed by Juno Films. It recently screene...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

 Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three desperate charact...

Interview with Dan Damman and Chris Thomas for 'Awarewolf' (2017) at Napa Valley Film Festival

Writer/director Chris Thomas co-directed short film 'Awarewolf' (2017) with director Dan Damman. The film tells the story of an young boy who is forced to prematurely become a professional yoga athlete by his despondent and no longer pliant mother who lives vicariously through him. The film is beautifully produced with a remarkable performance by newcomer Nicolas Yurkevich. It screened at the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival where I had a chance to interview both filmmakers togethe...

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

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    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, i...

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

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    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 Ia...

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

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  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 Fi...

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

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    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’...
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