For the fourth year in a row, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) returns to the Valley to delight all with great entertaining. From November 12 to November 16, 2014, the Valley will host filmmakers, winemakers, and food and wine enthusiasts alike. The festival, now a household name, it is considered the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine; highlighting the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year.
This year the NVFF organizers have an outstanding lineup with twelve screening venues, 125 films, 300 filmmakers, fifty chefs and 150 wineries.
It is no coincidence that the NVFF takes place during this time of the year, just after harvest. Marc Lhormer (festival Co-founder) explains, “The film festival calendar is very crowded during the year. There is a natural flow to what happens each calendar with the film industry, in particular with independent films. Every year there is a new batch of independent films that get tried in at the Sundance Festival in January. There are other festivals during the first half of the year that serve different specific purposes of introducing new independent films. Then, in the fall, starting around Labor Day, there are very prestigious film festivals that are considered a warm up to the awards season with movies positioning for Oscar potential.” When looking for the right time to hold the festival they saw a window, he added: “We identified an opportunity for an early or mid November festival that would a round up of all new independent films that may come out in January, not in the theaters yet, and that would give us the opportunity to curate the best of the best for our NVFF.” Since the NVFF is in November, they can show sneak previous from films that studios are holding on to release to theaters between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “So, then we become an indelible valued cost addition for the film industry,” Marc concludes.
Last year audiences got to preview many of the major films that opened shortly thereafter. This year promises to be as spectacular. To see the full festival’s lineup, schedule, venues and ticket purchases, visit the festival’s website.
The most anticipated event of the NVFF is the Thursday night extravagant Red Carpet Festival Gala following the screening of Director Mike Binder’s new film Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. NVFF Patron Circle Members and Pass Plus and Gala ticket holders will mingle with filmmakers and celebrities at the “not-to-be-missed” party of the year. Guests will enjoy cuisine from more than thirty of the Valley’s top chefs including Ken Frank (La Toque), Bob Hurley (Hurley’s), Joseph Humphries (The Fox and the Farmer), and Victor Scargle (Lucy at Bardessono). Guests will also enjoy wines from more than fifty of Napa Valley’s boutique wineries.