The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place November 9 - 13, 2016 is now accepting film submissions. NVFF showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. The ultimate celebration of the best films and engaging filmmakers, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality, NVFF is a five-day immersive experience that annually lights up the gloriously scenic towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.
NVFF welcomes submissions of any genre and will be selecting approximately 100 new independent films to be programmed alongside a dozen or so awards season contending films, presented courtesy of NVFF’s many studio partners. Submission categories include narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and short features (films with running times between 20 and 50 minutes). Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences.
All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for Audience Awards. Audience Awards presented each year include: Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Narrative Short, Favorite Documentary Feature, Favorite Documentary Short, Favorite Short Feature, Favorite Actress and Favorite Actor. The festival also offers a variety of Juried Awards. The jurors for 2016 will be announced at a later date. Three jurors will serve on each of the five juries: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and The Lounge (a collection of bolder, edgier films curated from submissions). All juried and audience awards will be presented at an exciting Awards Ceremony on NVFF’s Closing Night, Sunday, November 13, 2016. All award winners will take home signed collectible magnums and/or double magnums of wine from NVFF’s Vintner Circle winery partners.
Feature length films (50 minutes or longer) can be programmed in one of the following sections: Narrative or Documentary Features Competition (U.S. productions only), The Lounge (foreign and domestic productions), or Special Presentations (foreign and domestic productions). An example of a curated film selection from NVFF’s 2014 Special Presentations was the Latino Spotlight, composed of three feature length films and four short films, all in Spanish language and/or dealing with Latino culture and heritage. Each film in the Special Presentations component of the program is up for Audience Awards.
Short films (narrative and documentary, under 20 minutes of running time) are programmed in curated collections. Shorts may be selected for the Narrative or Documentary Shorts competitions, for The Lounge, or as part of Special Presentations. Short Features (running times between 20 and 50 minutes) play in curated collections of 2-3 films.
The 20 films in NVFF’s U.S. feature competition categories (10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature (as determined by our prestigious juries). Each award comes with a $10,000 cash prizes presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. The 20 directors of these films also participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence program that includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders, networking with and learning from each other, pairing with top festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners, and enjoying the world-class hospitality of one of wine country’s most beautiful resorts. Past Faculty for the Artists-in-Residence Program have included producer Christine Vachon (Killer Films), composer Carter Burwell, writer-director Atom Egoyan, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, indie distributor Kevin Iwashina, producer Nicolas Gonda, producer Michael de Luca, and Amazon’s Ted Hope.
Filmmakers can submit films through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.com. For early submission with discounted entry fees, the Earlybird Deadline is February 26 and the final extended submission deadline is June 24.