Guide to the Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16, 2014

By Sherrie Perkovich

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is about to kick off its fourth annual festival, with this year’s theme “The Ultimate Film, Food and Wine Experience.” Napa Valley is the perfect setting for this lavish festival. It is already well known for its wine, food and art; now it is film’s turn to shine brightly among these other established stars.

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The Napa Valley Film Festival runs for five days from the 12th to the 16th of November. During those five days you can experience four wine villages, 12 screens, 125 films, 150 wineries and 50 chefs. The festival is filled with amazing films, food and wine for sure. Take in VIP winemaker dinners, festival galas, VIP receptions, celebrities, celebrity chefs, wine tastings, and some of the best independent films. Like dramatic films? They’ve got those. Documentaries? Check. Shorts? Comedies? Check, check. This festival has everything the big film festivals have, plus award-winning Napa Valley wine.

If stargazing is your cup of tea, or should I say, glass of Cab, then the red carpet and celebrity tribute events should be on your list. Festival-goers can ogle celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Michelle Monaghan, Shailene Woodley, Mike Myers, and up-and-comer Jeremy Jordan.

The festival is broken up into four festival hubs that NVFF calls “villages.” They are located in the major wine regions of Napa Valley along California Highway 29: downtown Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.Each of these festival hubs has their own wine pavilion, welcome center, multiple theatres, restaurants and VIP areas.At the southernmost end of the festival area is the town of Napa. It is also the largest, housing five different theatres, and it is also the nerve center for the entire festival. Most of the big galas and events happen there.

Don’t-miss events include the festival kick-off party, Opening Night Gala and Screening, celebrity tributes, winemaker dinners, red carpet events, awards ceremonies, late night parties, wrap parties, and the opportunity to drink award-winning wines and food all day and night long. Literally, festival attendees will go to see a film and have a glass of Napa wine in hand.
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