In few days Napa Valley will be in party mode with the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF). From Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2012 the towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga and American Canyon will be welcoming visitors and VIPs to all the events and venues.
Following the success of the inaugural NVFF in 2011, buzz around the second annual Festival continued building throughout the entire year. Co-Founders Brenda and Marc Lhormer and their team are taking this year’s Festival to the next level from inspiring program of new films, studio sneak previews, panels, tributes and awards to the dizzying array of special events and experiences showcasing Napa Valley’s world class food, wine and hospitality.
Most events will be clustered in wakable festival villages in each of the Napa Valley picturesque towns: Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. American Canyon will be hosting a winery party and a special film screening as well. This film festival is quickly building a reputation for its prescient sense of discovery and thoughtful film selections, having shown films in 2011 that were later honored at the Academy Awards including Undefeated, The Descendants and The King’s Speech.
The famous food, wine and art center COPIA will re-open its door, exclusively for the film festival for a second time, as the 500 First Screening Room. It features a 260-person state-of-the-art digital theatre. With the Festival Wine Pavilion right outside and Oxbow Public Market across the lot, an afternoon at this Screening Room is a full-throttle film, food and wine experience.
From the festival kick off on Wednesday with the awaited World Premiere of SOMM, to the Sunday’s closing night Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party, this year’s film festival should be a crowd-pleaser, even more than last year’s inaugural event. This year there is a lined up of about a hundred independent films, two hundred filmmakers and film industry guests and countless of opportunities to enjoy Napa Valley’s harvest of wine and food.
This year’s highlight events of the NVFF are:
- World Premiere screening of SOMM and Festival Kick off Party – The Napa Valley Film Festival will kick off this year’s festival on with the anticipated wine documentary feature film SOMM. SOMM is about the notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exam. The documentary follows four Sommeliers attempting to pass the MS exam. It was filmed in six countries over a period of two years. Then, the party moves to The Shops at Napa Center to celebrate the kick off of the second NVFF.
- The Opening Festival Gala at the Robert Mondavi Winery – Hailed as “a hoot and a holler” by the extraordinary Margrit Mondavi herself, the Festival Gala at Robert Mondavi Winery is the one party you won’t want to miss! Enjoy an evening filled with amazing wine, reserve tastings, epicurean treats, live music, dancing and sheer spectacle. All wines served will be from the world-class Robert Mondavi Winery collection, provided by the gracious host. The evening’s co-host is the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort in Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival. Head Gala Chef Bob Hurley, from the famed Hurley’s Restaurant in Yountville, will round up a stellar team of Napa’s culinary masters to dazzle everybody’s taste buds.
- Celebrity Tributes at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville – Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush will host the festival’s brightest night as the NVFF honors creative achievements in film by Alan Cumming, James Marsden, Imogen Poots and Adam Driver.
- Winemaker Dinners – Across the Valley, Napa’s renowned winemakers team up with local chefs to present feasts fit for a Master Sommelier. Freshly prepared five-star cuisine, world-class wines and animated discussion about films and filmmaking are the stars of the show in an experience one can only find here at the Napa Valley Film Festival.
- Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Wrap Party – NBC Bay Area’s news anchor and personality Raj Mathai hosts the Awards Ceremony. Then, celebrate with the award-winning filmmakers with live music, Napa’s impressive food truck scene, Lagunitas beer and a whole lot more at The Shops at Napa Center.
Having the film festival in a world-renowned wine area does not hurt and, as expected, wine will be one of the main attractions. So, it is no surprise that Napa Valley Wineries joined such a fabulous event. Wineries like Allora Vineyards, Alpha Omega Winery, Blackbird Vineyards, Bouchaine Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyards, Ca’Momi Wines, Ceja Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Chappellet Vineyard & Winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock, Clif Family Winery & Farm, Clos Du Val Wine Co., Cornerstone Cellars, Flora Springs, Fortunati Vineyards, Gargiulo Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Long Meadow Ranch, Mi Sueño Winery, Mumm Napa Valley, Pine Ridge Winery, Raymond Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Rutherford Hill, Spoto Wines, St. Helena Winery, Summers Estate Wines, Terlato Family Wines, Terra Valentine Winery and Truchard Vineyards among many others will be pouring at film pre-screening events, parties and wine pavilions.
Culinary partners for the events are1313 Main, Bistro Sabor, Ca Momi, C Casa, Chef Ken Frank & La Toque, Chef Bob Hurley and Hurley’s Restaurant, Farmstead, Kara’s Cupcakes, Pizzeria Azzuro, and Norman Rose Tavern among others. Rest assured there will be plenty of good food.
The NVFF is produced by festival’s co-founders Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers and distributors of the feature film Bottle Shock. Bottle Shock is about the historic upset victory by Napa Valley wines over the French at the famous 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. The film 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. For more information about tickets, films and events throughout the festival visit the NVFF website.