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NVFF Announces New Pass Products & Screenplay Competition

Published June 27th, 2017

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces New Passes for November 8-12 Event

New Products offer more flexibility for locals; Sprint Sale and Local Discounts End June 30

Organizers for the 7th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, taking place November 8-12, have announced new passes that offer different options for participating in this annual cultural event. The 5-day festival features over 100 new independent films; 300 visiting filmmakers, actors and producers participating in Q&As; culinary demonstrations, wine tasting experiences, special events and parties; Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremonies; VIP receptions and dinners, and more.

The new Weekend Pass ($225) is good for those who can only take advantage of the Friday-Sunday weekend. The "Flex Pass" is for locals who only want to see films. This $125 Flex Pass allows the bearer to go to five movies and Q&As, any day, anytime, at any of the nine NVFF theaters in the Valley. Holders of any pass enter into screening venues prior to those without passes who wait in a Rush Line hoping to purchase last minute $20 tickets if seats are still available.

Popular passes that have been available each year include the movie lover's Festival Pass ($295/$275 in Spring Sale); the movie fan and partygoer's favorite Pass Plus ($695/$675 Spring Sale); Midweek Pass (Wednesday-Thursday; $125); and the VIP Patron Circle Pass (VIP access starts at $2500pp). A 10% off locals discount applies to the Festival Pass and Pass Plus for all residents of Napa and Sonoma County until June 30. The Spring Sale also ends June 30 and prices will go up in the Summer Sale, beginning July 1 and ending September 30.

"We are excited to offer more flexible options for those who might not be able to commit to the full festival, or who can't do more than see a handful of great films and Q&As with the filmmakers," said NVFF Co-Founder/Director, Brenda Lhormer. "We wanted to be responsive to our audiences and make it easier for those who live here or love visiting here to create their own NVFF customized experiences based on time, budget and interests. Hopefully the new NVFF passes might be just the ticket!"

Napa Valley Film festival Announces Inaugural Screenplay Competition

20 Lucky Finalists Will Attend Festival for Chance at Mentorship with Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter, Jim Rash

Napa Valley Film Festival organizers have announced an inaugural screenplay competition in partnership with Screencraft. The competition is open for entries until July 28. The screenplay competition is just one highlight of the five-day festival, November 8-12, which features over 100 new independent films, panels, culinary demonstrations, wine tasting experiences, special events, parties and much more.

Screencraft will oversee the entries and professionally evaluate and score the submitted screenplays. 20 lucky finalists will be invited to attend NVFF with complimentary festival filmmaker passes and will enjoy access to the festival and all the activities and parties, including the Industry Mixer at Raymond Vineyards.

Two winning finalists will be offered invitations to the renowned NVFF Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program, hosted by Meadowood Napa Valley. AIR participants include the narrative feature and documentary feature directors who are selected to screen their films in competition at the festival. The directors and the two screenplay competition winners will be treated to six nights at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort, and attend two days of seminars, panels and networking sessions with film industry veterans.

Screencraft is also inviting two prestigious screenwriters to attend NVFF as members of this year's festival faculty. They will serve as mentors to the Artists-in-Residence and will also participate in a panel focusing on writing for film and TV. Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Jim Rash (The Descendants), will serve as one of the mentors, with the other mentor to be announced soon. The panel will be open to all NVFF passholders.

"This exciting screenplay contest builds on the always popular Pitch Competition that we've produced the last four years," said Marc Lhormer, NVFF Co-Founded and Executive & Artistic Director. "All great cinematic storytelling emanates from the work of a talented screenwriter. We look forward to discovering and sharing wonderful new voices at this year's film festival."

Screenwriters can submit their original feature screenplays for consideration through one of the following three platforms:

Festival passes are on sale now. Visit or call 707.226.7500 for more information.