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The Napa Valley Film Festival will once again offer high school students a comprehensive screenwriting workshop and hands-on film production camp, May 18 – 19 and June 17 – 21, 2019.

Napa, California (March 19, 2019)… Cinema Napa Valley, the non-profit organization that presents the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) each year, is pleased to announce the return of its successful two-part narrative filmmaking camp this summer. NVFF will once again curate and produce a two-day screenwriting workshop followed by a five-day filmmaking camp for high school students from Napa, Sonoma, and Lake Counties.

The NVFF Film Camp, intentionally structured as a two-part program, includes a screenwriting workshop May 18 & 19 at the Napa County Office of Education, followed by a full week of extensive hands-on production June 17 – 21.

Instructors for the screenwriting workshop and the weeklong camp are top film professors and teaching assistants from the Pacific Union College (PUC). They will provide expertise at an advanced level not yet offered to high school students in the Napa Valley. Students will have the opportunity to utilize PUC’s state of the art cameras, sound equipment, editing software, and studios.

As a core component of NVFF’s year-round Education & Outreach Programs, this dynamic camp arms students with the tools and training to become proficient storytellers and filmmakers. At the writing workshop, students will learn to write and format a narrative script, with teachers selecting a few scripts for the students to produce. Once scripts are completed during the workshop, the additional month before camp will provide enough timing for script refinements, cast selection, and a comprehensive filming schedule for production. At camp, students will learn about all aspects of the filmmaking process. From working in teams to taking on specific roles such as the Director, Producer, Camera Operator, and Actor, students will learn how to “run a set.” In addition, each group will complete a fully developed short film to show their friends, family, and community after the program ends.

“Through these film camps, students are challenged and encouraged to think outside of the box,” said NVFF Education & Outreach Director Blair Hunt. “They learn to set high standards for themselves, which prepares them for the real-life experiences they will have on and off set. Students not only learn to embrace the creative process, but they also experience the reward of leaving the last day of camp with a fully realized short film.”

The completed films will be featured at a Student Short Film Showcase at the Cameo Cinema on Sunday, June 30 at 2 pm, and will include films from both the NVFF Film Camp, as well as the Friends of the Cameo Doc Camp (taking place the following week, June 24 – 28). An encore screening will also take place during this year’s Napa Valley Film Festival (November 13 – 17). The Student Short Film Showcase is free to attend and open to all community members.

Camp registration is available to eligible students at a cost of $200 per workshop. Students will need to plan their own transportation to and from PUC each day and arrange for their own lunch. Registration is limited to 12 students for the workshop and camp. Reservations are required in advance and space is limited. Please see the details below.

For more information, and to register for the NVFF screenwriting workshop (May 18 & 19) and Film Camp (June 17 – 21), visit: Registration for all camp applicants closes on Friday, May 10 at 5 pm. Students must attend both the writing workshop and commit to the full week of film camp. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are also available upon request. For more information, please contact



About the Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) 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. The Napa Valley Film Festival will be held November 13-17, 2019. Passes are on sale now.

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Media Contacts:
Emma Steele, Marketing Director

Blair Hunt, Education & Outreach Director

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