The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also working to build a sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. Film screenings and networking events are accompanied by the world-class food and wine of stunning Napa Valley, fueling lively conversations with old and new friends.

The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 8-12, 2017. The festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday – what we like to refer to as an extended weekend, the best kind.

Notable NVFF features:
- Screening venues clustered in walkable Festival Villages throughout the Napa Valley
- Food and wine events in each Festival Village, ranging from wine pavilions and culinary demonstrations to select epicurean delights for VIP guests
- Approximately 100+ new independent films, accompanied by sneak peaks of studio releases
- Tributes to notable industry figures and a stunning gala party

Film Program
NVFF welcomes films of various genres and lengths. Programmers are looking for films that entertain, inspire, enlighten, and captivate audiences. NVFF also features a selection of bold and boundary-pushing films in a dedicated venue called The Lounge. For a full description and breakdown of our categories and program sections, please visit the NVFF website.

Visiting filmmakers have the opportunity to present their films multiple times and in different festival Villages in order to experience the venue and audience variety of The Napa Valley. This also permits our film-loving audiences to enjoy as many screenings as possible between sampling the various food and wine throughout the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Awards & Prizes

Juried Awards:
Meadowood Best U.S. Narrative Feature, with a cash prize of $10,000
Meadowood Best U.S. Documentary Feature, with a cash prize of $10,000
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Screenplay
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Lounge Feature Film
Best Lounge Short Film

Audience Awards:
Favorite Narrative Feature
Favorite Documentary Feature
Favorite Documentary Short Film
Favorite Narrative Short Film
Favorite Short Feature
Favorite Actor
Favorite Actress

Rules & Terms

Completion Date:
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2016.

Exhibition Formats:
The NVFF operates up to 14 individual screening venues. Acceptable exhibition formats vary by venue and may include (but are not necessarily limited to) HDCam, DCP, and Blu Ray disc. The festival requests DVD and/or Blu Ray disc back up copies to accompany all exhibition formats. By entering your film you agree to work with NVFF to provide compatible exhibition format(s) and back ups.

Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles.

Prior Screenings:
NVFF does not require premiere status. Entries may not be televised or widely available online before November 1, 2017.

Distribution Status:
Films with U.S. distribution may be considered but are not eligible for competition. NVFF does not pay screening fees for films.

Support Materials:
Accepted films are requested to provide an electronic press kit including:
- Production still photos, images that accurately represent the look of the film (NOT on set photos)
- Director’s photo and biography/filmography
- Director’s statement
- Credits list
- All photos should be print-quality (300dpi) files.

Shipping Costs:
Submitters of accepted films agree to pay for shipping the exhibition copy of their film to NVFF to arrive to the festival office at least one week prior to the start of the festival, or by the date requested by the NVFF technical team (whichever is earlier). NVFF covers return shipping of accepted films’ exhibition copies and back up materials only. NVFF does not return marketing materials such as posters or postcards after the conclusion of the festival.

*NVFF does not provide feedback for films that are not selected for the 2017 program.

By submitting your film for consideration to the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival, you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Submitting your film to us constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival. If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the film’s director and other key personnel (actors, writers, producers, etc) attending the festival to present the film and interact with the Napa audience. The Napa Valley Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the Napa Valley Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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    Nick Kovacic

    The Napa Valley Film Festival is truly the Napa Valley experience often about in magazine and online publications. The food, wine, cocktails, and the people make Napa Valley a special place to visit. The film festival has done an amazing job over the years curating both Hollywood and independent films so showcase. The quality of the filmmaker experience is second to none with engaged audiences and high quality technical projection. I think the highlight for filmmakers is the festivals inclusion of "short features" films under 40 mins. Also the diversity of the short documentary subject matter is well done.

    April 2017
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    Clayton Smith

    We had a wonderful experience screening at NVFF. They take exquisite care of their filmmakers and the programs were all stellar. We'll never forget it!

    February 2017
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    Alejandro Montoya

    I had a blast at this festival! Without a doubt one of the best I've ever been, and we have been to several.

    One festival that I would love to attend every year!

    January 2017
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    Paul Zehrer

    Terrific! A-list film festival experience. Thank you!

    November 2016
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    Nick Spark

    The word is getting out, this is one of the VERY BEST festivals in the USA if not the world. Incredibly well run. Incredible community support. Great opportunities to network. Great workshops for filmmakers. Friendly volunteer staff. Parties were out of this world! You can't get a better location than Napa Valley or a more enthusiastic community to show your film in. If you get into this festival you have to make sure you attend, come hell or high water. Just one word of advice, be prepared for traffic gridlock and make certain you leave plenty of time to get to venues as Napa on a weekend can be gridlock.

    May 2016