The 7th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) will take place November 8 to 12, 2017; and is now accepting film submissions. NVFF is a five-day immersive experience celebrating the best new independent films of the year, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality.
NVFF welcomes submissions of any genre. Programmers will select approximately 100 new independent films to be screened alongside awards season contending films. Submission categories include narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and short features (films between 20 and 50 minutes). Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for Audience Awards.
Feature length films (50 minutes or longer) can be programmed in one of the following sections: Narrative or Documentary Features Competition (U.S. productions only), The Lounge (foreign and domestic productions), or Special Presentations (foreign and domestic productions). Apart from films shown only on Saturday and Sunday, all films in the Special Presentations category will be up for Audience Awards. The core Narrative and Documentary Features Competitions are juried, as is The Lounge, a separate selection of bold, boundary-pushing films.
Short films (narrative and documentary, under 20 minutes of running time) are programmed in curated content-centric collections. Separate juries present awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short. Shorts may be selected for The Lounge, or may be presented as part of the Special Presentations. Short Features (running times between 20 and 50 minutes) play in collections of 2-4 films and are up for Audience Awards only.
The 20 or so films in NVFF’s U.S. Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition categories (10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature (as determined by our prestigious juries). Both of these awards come with a $10,000 cash prize presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. The films’ directors also participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence program that includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders, networking with and learning from one another, connecting with top festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners, and enjoying the fabulous hospitality of one of wine country’s most spectacular resorts.
Three jurors will serve on each of five juries: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and The Lounge (Features and Shorts). All award winners will take home signed collectible magnums and/or double magnums of wine from NVFF’s Vintner Circle winery partners.
For early submissions with discounted entry fees, the Early Bird Deadline is March 3. Additionally, the final opportunity to submit a film for consideration is marked by NVFF’s Extended Deadline, June 30.
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