Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2015 Call for Entries

5th annual Film Festival, November 11– 15, 2015, includes $10,000 cash prizes for Best Narrative Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature Film, presented by Meadowood Napa Valley


Napa Valley, CA (February 3, 2015) – The 5th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place November 11-15 is now accepting film submissions. The ultimate celebration of the year’s best new films, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality, NVFF is a five-day immersive experience that lights up the glorious, scenic towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.


NVFF welcomes submissions of any genre and will be selecting approximately 120 new films, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, and animation. Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. NVFF also features a selection of bold, boundary-pushing films in a dedicated venue called The Lounge.


Categories eligible for Juried Awards include: U.S. Narrative Features and Shorts, U.S. Documentary Features and Short Subjects, and Animated Shorts.  Special Jury Awards will be presented for Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast.  Audience Awards will be bestowed on favorites submitted from anywhere in the world in the following categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Short Subjects, Lounge Features, Lounge Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Actor and Actress.


Directors of films in competition for Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best U.S. Documentary Feature participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence Program presented in partnership with Meadowood Napa Valley. NVFF’s Artists-in-Residence Program is a unique show of support for independent filmmakers and a rare opportunity to experience a series of Master Class and mentoring sessions, as well as a chance to win $10,000, all while staying at the luxurious Meadowood Napa Valley. Leading the Master Classes at NVFF 2014 were film producer Ted Hope (Adventureland, 21 Grams); writer/director Joshua Michael Stern (JOBS, Swing Vote) writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist; The Grey, Smokin’ Aces); producer Pam Koffler (Killer Films); producer J. Todd Harris (The Kids are All Right; Bottle Shock); producer Jason Berman (Struck by Lightning, LUV); award-winning composer Laura Karpman; producer Nicolas Gonda (The Tree of Life, To The Wonder); and Dan Guando (EVP, The Weinstein Company).


New this year, filmmakers with feature length narrative or documentary films will be able to submit their films into one of three categories, depending on what they think is the best fit in terms of the nature of their individual films and the level of commitment they believe they are going to be able to make to festival participation.  Choosing and being accepted into the prime narrative and documentary feature competitions is directly linked to the directors participating in the festival’s Artists-in-Residence Program.  Other options include The Lounge, both a program category and specific eclectic screening venue for edgier and often super low-budget films; and Special Presentations, generally but not exclusively documentaries, which typically hit on a specific topical area of interest. Filmmakers from outside the U.S. will typically submit into Special Presentations for their feature length films, while their short films are submitted into the appropriate shorts or short feature category.

Filmmakers can submit films through Film Freeway.com or Withoutabox.com. For early submission with discounted entry fees, the deadline is March 6; the regular submission deadline is April 17; the late submission deadline is May 22, and the final extended submission deadline is June 19. 


About the Napa Valley Film Festival and Cinema Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3  non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. Cinema Napa Valley’s mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking and cinematic storytelling; enhance and diversify Napa Valley’s cultural landscape, and to provide educational opportunities in and out of the classroom for local students. The 5th Annual NVFF will be heldNovember 11-15, 2015. Passes are on sale now at www.nvff.org.