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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2017 Call for Entries

The 7th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place November 8 - 12, 2017 is now accepting film submissions. NVFF is a five-day immersive experience celebrating the best new independent films of the year, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality. NVFF continues to establish a strong sense of community dedicated to supporting the art of visual storytelling.

NVFF welcomes submissions of any genre. Programmers will select approximately 100 new independent films to be screened alongside awards season contending films. Submission categories include narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and short features (films between 20 and 50 minutes). Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for Audience Awards.

Feature length films (50 minutes or longer) can be programmed in one of the following sections: Narrative or Documentary Features Competition (U.S. productions only), The Lounge (foreign and domestic productions), or Special Presentations (foreign and domestic productions). Apart from films shown only on Saturday and Sunday, all films in the Special Presentations category will be up for Audience Awards. The core Narrative and Documentary Features Competitions are juried, as is The Lounge, a separate selection of bold, boundary-pushing films.

Short films (narrative and documentary, under 20 minutes of running time) are programmed in curated content-centric collections. Separate juries present awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short. Shorts may be selected for The Lounge, or may be presented as part of the Special Presentations. Short Features (running times between 20 and 50 minutes) play in collections of 2-4 films and are up for Audience Awards only.

The 20 or so films in NVFF’s U.S. Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition categories (10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature (as determined by our prestigious juries). Both of these awards come with a $10,000 cash prize presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. The films’ directors also participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence program that includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders, networking with and learning from one another, connecting with top festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners, and enjoying the fabulous hospitality of one of wine country’s most spectacular resorts.

Three jurors will serve on each of five juries: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and The Lounge (Features and Shorts). All award winners will take home signed collectible magnums and/or double magnums of wine from NVFF’s Vintner Circle winery partners.

Filmmakers can submit projects through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. For early submissions with discounted entry fees, the Early Bird Deadline is March 3. Additionally, the final opportunity to submit a film for consideration is marked by NVFF’s Extended Deadline, June 30. Visit for full film submission details, or call 707.226.7500.

About the Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The mission of the Napa Valley Film Festival is to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class festival and year-round education and outreach programs.  The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, NVFF lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year. NVFF features over 100 new independent films and red carpet awards season sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues, as 300 visiting filmmakers interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels & culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, an array of parties, VIP receptions, winemaker dinners and more. Visit for more information or call 707.226.7500.

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