Cinema Napa Valley (CNV) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and the proud presenter of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF). Our 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.
The Napa Valley Film Festival was founded in 2009 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 the 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 youth. Brenda and Marc presided over the growth and development of the festival as Co-Director and Executive + Artistic Director (respectively) from 2009 – 2018.
CNV was founded in 2009, and the first annual NVFF was held in 2010.
CNV is made up of a team of eleven full-time staff members. Additional staff members and volunteers join the team seasonally to help execute the festival.
NVFF will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 17, 2019.
NVFF functions primarily on a pass system, ranging from 5-day experiences (Wednesday – Sunday) to weekend 3-day experiences (Friday – Sunday). Rush Tickets are also sold to screenings if seats still remain after all pass holders have entered the venue.
To experience the festival as a VIP, join the NVFF Patron Circle. The Patron Circle is a year-round membership program with exclusive access to celebrated filmmakers, actors, chefs, and vintners.
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The NVFF’s full program lineup will be announced in September. Attendees can download the mobile app, view the schedule on our website, or pick up a pocket guide at our Advance Box Office the week before the festival. Commemorative guides can also be purchased at all NVFF Box Offices for $10.
Screening venues open 45 minutes before showtime. Pass Plus holders will be admitted into the screening venue first, and will receive 25 minutes to enter the theater before Festival Pass and Flex Pass holders. We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes early to get a good place in line, as a pass does not guarantee a seat in the theater.
Passes can be purchased at our Festival Box Offices located in Napa and St. Helena. Rush tickets to screenings are available if seats still remain after all pass holders have entered the venue. They can be purchased at the door for $20.
Please note all pass and ticket sales are final, and only valid for the current festival year.
The Vintner Circle is an elite group of Napa Valley wineries that pairs directly with the festival’s exclusive Patron Circle. In addition to pouring their best varietals at VIP events, each winery hosts an intimate dinner for Patron Circle members, celebrities, and filmmakers.
The Patron Circle is a year-round membership program with exclusive access to celebrated filmmakers, actors, chefs, and vintners. Whether it’s a private winemaker dinner or a red carpet premiere, members receive elevated VIP treatment at the film festival, and beyond.