NAPA, CA, November 3, 2017 – The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is about to kick off its seventh annual festival. At the Napa Valley Film Festival, each year’s most outstanding new independent films are washed down with the best food and wine of Napa Valley.
#NVFF17 takes place November 8 – 12, 2017.
During the five-day festival, guests will experience 100 films, 150 wineries, and 50 chefs. All the very best that Napa Valley has to offer.
The recent northern California wildfires will not affect this year’s festival. Thankfully, it will go off as planned.
The Napa Valley Film Festival films opening night features “The Upside” by director Neil Burger.
Based on a true story, The Upside chronicles an unlikely friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and an ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), who is in need of a job.
These two ying and yang friends form a bond and help give life to the other. Key cast also include Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Golshifteh Farahani.
Other not to miss films at The Napa Valley Film Festival include:
- “Stranger Than Fiction” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart
- “The Current War” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon
- “78/52” retrospective on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
- “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
- “The Shape of Water” starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
- “Back to Burgundy” – special presentation (wine film)
- “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” – special presentation (foodie film)
Not to miss events include:
- Will Ferrell Maverick Actor Tribute, Friday, 5pm
- Festival Gala: celebrates seven fabulous years with local cuisine from the region’s culinary stars and Napa Valley’s premiere vintners; Saturday, 8pm
- Closing Night Wrap Party, Materra/Cunat Family Winery, 8pm
- Vintners Circle Dinners, world-class wines paired perfectly with award-winning local chefs, various days and times.
- Culinary demonstrations: this year NVFF has created a Culinary Theater at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)’s new facility, the CIA at Copia in downtown Napa. Demonstrations will include directors, actors and subjects from the film festival and paired with local CIA, guest chefs and sommeliers to create and share insights, nibbles and tastes of wine. See website for full schedule.
- After Parties: Every evening of NVFF offers another chance to party after the films. Last year’s epic pool party at Indian Springs is a fabulous example of how wine country likes to let it’s hair down with wine, food, music and fun.
- Live Music: This year NVFF has added a live music element to the fest. Enjoy tunes at the Wine Pavilions, Festival Gala, After Parties, and Wrap Party. See website for schedule.
- Wine Country Strong Concert. This is a free concert and chef’s picnic honoring the first responders and emergency workers who provided heroic service in the recent wildfires. The concert will be held at Lincoln Theatre in Yountville this Sunday, November 5th from 2-5: 30 pm and will feature Ozomatli, and wine country rockers Silverado Pickups.
Donations to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund, and CAL Fire Firefighter Relief Fund are encouraged.
Back to the Wine…
One of the things that differentiate the Napa Valley Film Festival from others is, of course, the world-class wine and food that is expertly integrated into nearly every aspect of the festival. There are wine and food experiences aplenty over the five days.
Different than in years past, this year there are two main hubs of wine tasting. The first is in downtown Napa and is called Napa Intermission. The second is a wine pavilion located in St. Helena. There will be a rotation of local wineries offering up complimentary tastings and intermission chats with winemakers.
Napa Valley Film Festival intermission as good as the movie
At Napa Intermission, NVFF has partnered with the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) to create an interactive experience that features everything from live music, food, and wine of course. No driving, no making appointments. Just enjoying a sampling of local wines.
Not to miss Napa Intermission Wineries
In St. Helena, as they have done each year, there is a wine pavilion set up at Long Meadow Ranch and the restaurant at Farmstead. This is the “up valley” hub of the festival (it is halfway up Highway 29 in Napa Valley).
Here you will find NVFF’s up-valley box office, an intimate screening room in Farmstead’s private dining area, afternoon wine tastings and tasty snacks. If you’d like to stay and enjoy a full meal at Farmstead, it is well worth it. Just book in advance to avoid long waits.
Not to miss St. Helena hub wineries:
- Jericho Canyon Vineyard
- Robert Biale Vineyards
- Conn Creek Winery
- Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery
- Clif Family Winery
- Sullivan Vineyards
- Peju Province Winery
- Pestoni Family Winery
Passes for Napa Valley Film Festival
Like other destination festivals, they offer full-experience passes at an array of prices, from seriously affordable to seriously indulgent; plus midweek and day passes to get just a taste (or a big bite) of the Napa Valley Film Festival experience.
When space is available, they also offer individual tickets to select special events and programs. What they don’t offer are advance tickets to individual film screenings. Go to the Napa Valley Film Festival website to see all pass options.
In efforts to help raise funds for those victims of the recent fires, Napa Valley Film Festival is offering 10% off all pass sales and that money will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
Eat, Drink and Sleep like a Local…
Now that you’re here and you know what to eat and drink during the festival, here is some advice on where to stay, where to eat and drink while visiting Napa Valley’s wine country.
Where to stay
- Inn on First (Napa)
- Westin Verasa (Napa)
- White House Inn (Napa)
- Andaz (Napa)
- Meritage Resort & Spa (Napa)
- Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena)
- Cottage Grove Inn (Calistoga)
- Solage (Calistoga)
- Carneros Resort & Spa
- SENZA Hotel, Napa
Where to Eat
- Angele (Napa)
- Archtype (St. Helena)
- Bouchon Bistro (Yountville)
- Calistoga Kitchen (Calistoga)
- Farm at Carneros (Napa)
- Harvest Table (St. Helena)
- Miminashi (Napa)
- Press (St. Helena)
- Redd Wood (Yountville)
- Sam’s Social Club (Calistoga)
- Zuzu (Napa)
Where to Drink (wine bars, bars)
- 1313 Main (Napa)
- Bottega Napa Valley (Yountville)
- Cadet (Napa)
- Calistoga Inn (Calistoga)
- Carpe Diem (Napa)
- Charter Oak (St. Helena)
- Compline (Napa)
- The Corner (Napa)
- Goose & Gander (St. Helena)
- La Taberna (Napa)
- Palisades (Napa)
- The Saint (St. Helena)
- Solbar (Calistoga)
Where to Drink (downtown wineries, walk and taste)
- Acumen (Napa)
- August Briggs (Calistoga)
- Crocker Starr Wines (St. Helena)
- Davies Vineyards (St. Helena)
- HDV – Hyde de Villaine Wines (by appt, short uber/long walk; Napa)
- Hope & Grace (Yountville)
- John Anthony (Napa)
- Knights Bridge Winery (by appt, Calistoga)
- Priest Ranch (Yountville)
- Robert Craig (by appt, Napa)
- Riverhouse by Bespoke Collection (Napa)
- Silver Trident Winery (by appt, Yountville)
- VGS Chateau Potelle Winery (St. Helena)
- Vintner’s Collective (Napa)