Program Overview


NVFF’s program is comprised of the following core components:
• Competitive screenings of up approximately 100 new independent films
• Sneak Previews of prestigious studio films
• Conversations with 300+ writers, directors, actors, producers
• Juried & Audience Awards
• Exclusive Artists-in-Residence Program
• Celebrity Tributes (Legends, Mavericks, Trailblazers and Rising Stars)
• Inspiring Student Programs

Early Bird Deadline ends March 15
Regular Deadline ends April 19
Late Deadline ends May 24
Extended Deadline ends June 28

Competition Program


Industry experts decide the Juried Awards and audience ranking determines the Audience Awards. Learn more below.

Competitive categories include:
• Narrative Features
• Documentary Features
• Narrative Shorts
• Documentary Shorts
• Verge Features (edgier fare)
• Special Presentations

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Mentors | Panelists | Moderators


The directors of our Narrative and Documentary Feature Films are accepted into our unique Artists-in-Residence Program in partnership with the incomparable Meadowood Napa Valley. These 20 or so talented filmmakers network with their peers, learn from industry mentors, and mingle with patrons and other Meadowood guests at a slew of intimate events. Meadowood also sponsors the twin $10,000 cash prizes awarded by the Jury for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature.

Industry Events

Meet the Artists

Members of our exclusive Patron Circle mingle with the filmmakers whose films are in our core narrative and documentary competitions. Estate Events by Meadowood provides the gourmet cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails, and guests are treated to a variety of wines from our Vintner Circle Members.

Industry Mixer

Our 300+ filmmakers and industry players gather together at an iconic Napa Valley location to eat and drink and network amongst themselves. A-Lister and Movie Mogul members of our Patron Circle are also invited, a great way to make connections and deepen their appreciation for and understanding of the creative and business aspects of the industry.

Panels and Conversations

A talented and experienced set of industry professionals share their insights and expertise in a series of lively panel discussions. The conversations will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Westin Verasa Napa on a variety of topics curated for both our filmmakers and movie-loving audiences.

Vintner Circle Dinners

The Vintner Circle is an elite group of Napa Valley wineries that pairs directly with the festival’s exclusive Patron Circle. In addition to providing wine for NVFF’s year-round and festival-week Patron Circle VIP experiences, the wineries of the Vintner Circle each host an intimate dinner for Patrons, Celebrities, and Filmmakers, one of our most talked about events. Unlike any other festival, we connect our guests with top Napa Valley vintners to create the ultimate film, food, and wine experience.

2018 Award Winners

Juried & Audience Awards

Industry experts determine our Juried Awards while audiences vote for the Audience Awards. Winning filmmakers take home 3-liter (double-magnum) bottles of highly sought-after Napa Valley wines presented by members of our Vintner Circle. Winners of the Juried Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature also receive $10,000 cash prizes courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

Juried Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts.

Audience Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Food & Beverage Documentaries, Documentary Showcase, Acting Awards

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Juried Awards Winners


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Audience Awards Winners



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