The official program for the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival was recently released and if you’re a fan of film festivals you should definitely think about attending. If you’ve never gone to a film festival before, this is a great venue to introduce yourself to the concept. What makes a film festival more than just “going to the movies” is the live participation of writers, directors, actors and producers in Q&A sessions following practically every screening. And, if you’re a fan of excellent films, great wine, and outstanding food, then you absolutely need to make your way to the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) between November 9-13, 2016. Keep reading and we’ll try to convince you to grab that credit card and start typing right now.
Reason #1 to attend the NVFF: Excellent films, including several that are already receiving Oscar buzz. The Napa Valley Film Festival will include showings of 20th Century Women (starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning), Lion (Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman), and Bleed For This (Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal). You’ll also be able to see Captain Fantastic (Viggo Mortensen), Mr. Church (Eddie Murphy), Elle (Isabelle Huppert) and Miss Sloane (Jessica Chastain).
The Film Festival will have about 120 narrative, documentary and short films from around the world culled out of the over 1,000 films submitted for consideration. The 2016 NVFF Artistic Director and Program Manager were generally looking for three things: films with a sense of hope or uplifting motivations, films that focus on the power of the individual, and films that plumb the intricacies of relationships. That’s while you’ll find narrative films such as 11:55, The Book of Love, and Sticky Notes as well as documentaries Farewell Ferris Wheel and Political Animals at the Festival.
Reason #2 to attend the NVFF: The parties! If you move quickly, you may be able to get tickets for Celebrity Tributes (honoring artists such as Lee Daniels and Kurt Russell), the Festival Gala (featuring wines and delicacies from Napa Valley’s wineries and chefs), the Festival Awards Ceremony (where both juried and audience awards are announced), or attendee favorites such as a Friday Night Bash at the interior design gallery space Martin Showroom, or an opening night Pool Party with a thermal water mineral pool at Indian Springs. And then, there are always the official (and unofficial) After Parties each night.
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