By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz June 26, 2011 at 2:29AM
Talk about Location! Here is the place you want to go. Paradise! And they are now focusing now on the unique Artist-in-Residence program created with the sublime Meadowood Resort & Spa who will be housing (for up to five nights!) the directors of the films in the Dramatic Features Competition. This Festival holds promise to be the most comfortable and creative venue in the U.S.
Filmmakers are invited to submit for the inaugural Film Festival November 9-13, 2011, featuring new independent films as well as Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality
Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are accepting film submissions for the first annual Napa Valley Film Festival until June 30 through Withoutabox.
Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality (with partners like Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Chef Michael Chiarello, Emmy-winning host of the Food Network’s Easy Entertaining and more than 50 award winning wineries in the region), NVFF will debut November 9-13, 2011 with a five-day festival spread over four of the valley’s postcard-perfect towns.
The Festival is welcoming submissions of any theme and will be selecting more than 50 new films, including narrative features, foreign films (world cinema), documentaries, short films, and student works. Organizers are looking for films that best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. Categories eligible for Juried and/or Audience Awards include: Best U.S. Dramatic Feature, Best U.S. Documentary Feature, Best World Cinema (Dramatic and Doc), Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short Subject.
"I’m thrilled to see a film festival of this caliber appear in Napa Valley", said Judith Ehrlich, Oscar-nominated director of The Most Dangerous Man in America. “Brenda and Marc have impeccable taste and are the kinds of hosts that make a festival experience shine for everyone who participates."
The Napa Valley Film Festival is dedicated to serving the interests and needs of independent filmmakers by connecting artist with audience, exhibiting and promoting new films, and nurturing a creative community with mutually rewarding relationships that last well beyond each year’s festival. Located in a world-class destination, the Festival invites filmmakers of all selected films to experience the finest hospitality and events, wonderful food and wine, appreciative audiences, and the opportunity to explore the most celebrated wine country in the world.
The inaugural NVFF will include discussion panels with industry executives, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, wine and food tastings, opening and closing night premieres and parties, awards ceremonies, VIP receptions and winemaker dinners, and celebrity tribute programs. NVFF will also feature a unique community-focused footprint, with screening and hospitality venues clustered in four walk-able villages in Napa Valley’s distinctive small cities and towns: Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Films and filmmakers will travel from village to village, while festival attendees can choose whether to remain in one community or to sample the different venues.
Filmmakers can submit films at Withoutabox.com. The final extended submission deadline (for withoutabox.com members only) is June 30, 2011 . Visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org for full details.
About the Napa Valley Film Festival
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 famous 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 film festival, Cinema Napa Valley presents special film programs throughout the year and provides support to student filmmaking programs in Napa Valley schools.
The Napa Valley Film Festival will feature more than 50 films; wine tastings at select screening venues; special events including the Opening Night Gala, Tribute Program, and Closing Night Awards Ceremony; VIP dinners at private winery estates and Michelin-starred restaurants. NVFF will also offer a unique community-focused footprint, with screening and hospitality venues clustered in four walk-able villages in Napa Valley’s distinctive small cities and towns: Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Films and filmmakers will travel from village to village, while festival attendees can choose whether to remain immersed in one community or to sample the different venues, as well as Napa Valley’s famous food and wine.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 9 – Sunday, November 13
WHERE: Various venues throughout Napa Valley, headquartered in downtown Napa. NVFF Welcome Center, Culinary Demonstration Stage, Napa Wine Pavilion will be located at Oxbow Market.
FOR MORE INFO:
Please visit www.NapaValleyFilmFest.org
for additional information and/or press credential requests.
And follow us on www.facebook.com/napavalleyfilmfestival.
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Napa Valley Film Festival Debuts November 9-13, 2011