Enjoy five days of films, food, and fun at this famous festival

Lights, camera, action! Movie lovers young and old will want to mark their calendars for the Napa Valley Film Festival, which will take place from November 13th to 17th in Napa and St. Helena. Now in its ninth year, the festival is overseen by Cinema Napa Valley. The 501c3 nonprofit organization aims to bring the joy of the cinematic arts to the community through its annual film festival and year-round education and outreach classes.

The Napa Valley Film Festival was designed to showcase independent filmmakers who are making valuable artistic contributions and telling empowering stories. Accordingly, this year’s program is made up of 75 films spanning 8 categories, including documentary shorts, narrative, and culinary cinema (a fitting choice for the festival given its proximity to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class wineries). Tickets can be purchased in advance for a variety of screenings held at the Uptown Theatre and Lincoln Theater, though a select number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of. Information about the films that will be screened is available on Cinema Napa Valley’s website.

Though you’ll come for the films, you’ll want to stay for the food. In between screenings, culinary pros will be serving up film-inspired dishes in a demonstration kitchen. Monogram chef Gabriel McCarter’s “A Pizza My Heart” will teach guests how to make and roll pizza dough as well as how to select optimal toppings. Chef Hillary Sullivan Souza’s “All the Pasta-Bilities” course will introduce guests to the art of making fresh pasta in a matter of minutes. Additional food-centric demonstrations will be led by Michelin-starred chef Stuart Brioza of State Bird Provision, chef Aaron Meneghelli of Carneros Resort and Spa, chef Tu David Phu, and others. 

And, because no Napa event would be complete without a glass of wine, Napa Valley Film Festival will introduce its audience to over 100 local wineries. Guests will learn from sommeliers, taste new varietals, and find out what makes the Napa Valley wine region so special. Guests won’t want to miss out on “Wine Intermissions,” where more than 10 boutique wineries will pour their favorite beverages in between screenings. Several of the screening venues will also have selections from local wineries available for purchase.


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