The Napa Valley Film Festival is presented by Cinema Napa Valley, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 and  headquartered in Napa, California. Cinema Napa Valley’s mission is to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class film festival and year-round education and outreach programs.


Amy Brown
Amy BrownProgram Coordinator
Katie Carpenter
Katie CarpenterVintner Circle & Group Manager
Manon Dargis
Manon DargisAdministrative Director
Fearon DeWeese
Fearon DeWeeseExperience Director
Michael Fox
Michael FoxPatron Circle Director
Whitney Haskin
Whitney HaskinDirector of Programming
Kendall Howell
Kendall HowellMarketing Associate
Blair Hunt
Blair HuntEducation & Outreach Director
Ben Mahoney
Ben MahoneyOperations Director
Emma Steele
Emma SteeleDirector of Marketing
Heather Teague
Heather TeagueTicketing & Systems
Debbie Young
Debbie YoungVolunteer Director


Patrick Davila
Patrick DavilaMeadowood Napa Valley, Board Chair
Carissa Ashman
Carissa AshmanC-StarPR, Inc
Bob Basset
Bob BassetChapman University, Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Debra Crow
Debra CrowVolta Industries, Inc., Treasurer
Teresa Cunningham
Teresa CunninghamGVM Law, LLC, Secretary
Zoe Fairbourn
Zoe FairbournBrand Partnerships
Rick Garber
Rick GarberMorgan Stanley Wealth Management
David Glasser
David Glasser101 Studios
J. Todd Harris
J. Todd HarrisBranded Pictures Entertainment
Ron Hofmann
Ron HofmannScenario PR
Geyer Kosinski
Geyer KosinskiCEO, Media Talent Group
Don Shindle
Don ShindleThe Westin Verasa Napa
Daniel Schryer
Daniel SchryerBali Venture Partners LLC
Michael Woods
Michael WoodsBaywood Capital / Mount View Hotel & Spa
Chris Wendel
Chris WendelVolta Industries, Inc.


Marc Lhormer
Marc Lhormer
Brenda Lhormer
Brenda Lhormer

The Napa Valley Film Festival was founded by Brenda and Marc Lhormer. Brenda and Marc previously served as co-directors of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 – 2008. They also produced the feature film Bottle Shock, which tells the story of Napa Valley’s triumph at the 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. After Bottle Shock’s world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Brenda and Marc turned their attention to creating a world-class film festival in Napa Valley.

Brenda and Marc envisioned a Fall film festival that would exhibit the year’s best new independent films and likely awards season contenders, while simultaneously leveraging Napa Valley’s outstanding food, wine, and hospitality. They created a cultural arts organization that would support the art of cinematic storytelling while also providing educational and career opportunities for local students. Brenda and Marc presided over the growth and development of the festival as Co-Director and Executive & Artistic Director (respectively) from 2009 – 2018.

NVFF19 • NOV 13 - 17

NVFF19 • NOV 13 – 17