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Event will screen student films created by the 2021-22 fifth graders at the  Mount View Hotel and Spa on September 6

Calistoga, California (August 23, 2022) – The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced a special community event in the town of Calistoga on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. that celebrates the next generation of filmmakers as part of the Cinema Calistoga program (September 7 – 9). Taking place at Mount View Hotel and Spa (1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga CA), the event will screen eight student films from the fifth-grade participants in The Youth Cinema Project at Snow Elementary. Students that are part of the Youth Cinema Project learn valuable life skills like problem-solving, communication, and team-building through the cinematic art of filmmaking.

Prior to the screening of the student films, there will be food from Pacifico Mexican Restaurant and a silent auction with all proceeds from the evening benefitting the 2022-2023 Youth Cinema Project classes at Snow Elementary.

“The Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project is thrilled to partner with the Napa Valley Film Festival at Cinema Calistoga to encourage and support the next generation of filmmakers from Snow Elementary. We are very grateful that our students get to share their films with their community as part of an important film festival,” said Erika Sabel Flores, Youth Cinema Project Executive Director.

Sponsors: The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, Mount View Hotel & Spa, Pacifico Mexican Restaurant

Donors: Copperfield Books – Calistoga, NBC Pottery, Napa Valley Paddle, Napa Soap Company, The CIA at Copia, Nimbus Arts, Charsaw Farms Lavender & Herbs.

Ticket Information: Tickets for the event including student film screening, food and beverages are $10 and can be purchased here:

About the Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is celebration that blends the art of film, food, and wine. Discover the best new independent films of the year, savor exquisite cuisine paired with legendary wines, and create lasting memories found only in the Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Film Festival is presented by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization 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 festival and year-round education and outreach programs. Visit for more information on passes and festival events. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

About the Youth Cinema Project

The Youth Cinema Project (YCP) works in the classrooms of public schools, integrating filmmaking with 21st century learning skills. YCP uses a hands-on approach that integrates social emotional learning and English Language Arts to provide an equitable and accessible learning experience for students. Across one full academic year, two filmmaking professionals implement a rigorous standards-based filmmaking curriculum within 4th -12th grade classrooms. The students complete short films from concept to screen in a 100% student-led environment.  For more information visit

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