6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss the Napa Valley Film Festival This Year

Don't Miss the Napa Valley Film FestivalWhile there are times your comfy couch and a Netflix marathon are just what the doctor ordered, there’s still nothing like heading to the movie theater for the full experience. The gigantic screen, surround sound, and hot buttered popcorn somehow just make a movie better. You can take your cinematic experience up a notch by coming to Wine Country to attend the Napa Valley Film Festival. This year’s 7th annual festival will take place Nov. 8-12, 2017, in locations throughout Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, and St. Helena. Five fun-filled days of 100+ films, plus food, wine, and other film-related events.

Planning a visit to experience the Napa Valley Film Festival is easy when you download our free Vacation Guide. We compiled all of our insider info into one resource so you can choose from the best restaurants, events, shopping, dining, wineries and more!

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss the Napa Valley Film Festival This Year

Each year, thousands of movie lovers flock to Napa Valley to view and vote on an incredible selection of the latest films. With 5 days of festivities, you will have plenty of exciting events from which to choose! Come and see up-and-coming films in-person before they are even released.

1. Festival Villages & Perks

Screening venues are set up in walkable Festival Villages in various locations throughout the valley. Each village will host showings of feature films as well as food and wine events. Annually announced perks help guide your voyage throughout each village. From discounts on pizza, wine, chocolates, restaurants, and wineries, practically every business in each town hosting the festival gets in on the fun.

2. Special Events

Galas, Celebrity Tributes, parties, and wine tastings are just a few of the array of special events to check out at the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival. Not to mention, Film Industry panels, culinary demonstrations, and wine tastings.

3. Celebrities

Don’t miss the Thursday night Celebrity Tributes and catch stars like John Travolta, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Bobby Flay, and Keegan-Michael Key of the iconic “Key & Peele” comedic co-op. Who knows? You may even run into one of them at one of the festival’s many special events!

4. Sneak Previews

Catch exclusive sneak previews of Award Season films during the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival! Previous pass-holders have had the opportunity to view films like The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine, Undefeated, J.Edgar, Like Crazy, Silver Linings Playbook, The Imitation Game, Saving Mr. Banks, and Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.

5. Food & Wine Experiences

Each year, 10 of Napa Valley’s top influential chefs offer their take on unique dishes. A panel of experts, like celebrity chef Bobby Flay, samples the food along with the audience. If you are a movie buff and a foodie, then Variety’s “10 to Taste” is for you!

Representing over 50 wineries from the region, Napa Valley Film Festival’s wine experiences pair perfectly with the film experiences you will gain. Offered every afternoon, these wine experiences encourage you to kick back and relax while you discuss the films with a glass of fine wine and decadent bites.

6. The Winners

Filmmakers compete in seven different categories and some get to participate in the prestigious Artists-in-Residence program. The winners of each category receive three-liter collectible bottles of the region’s finest wines – an affirmation of the festival’s silver-screen standard. The winners of the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature categories also receive a $10,000 cash prize. As a spectator, you get to vote and help decide on the winner, plus you’ll get bragging rights for seeing the film before the masses.

What Is There to Do When You’re Not at the Festival?

You can purchase 5-day passes to experience the festival to the fullest. Or, you can select a mid-week or weekend pass and take a few days to explore Napa Valley. Whether it’s your first trip or your fifth, you’ll always be captivated by the area’s lush beauty. Plus, there are so many things to do and see, including visiting wineries, parks, art galleries, boutiques, and more.

Start Planning Your Trip

As you begin to make plans to attend the Napa Valley Film Festival and purchase your tickets, you’ll also need to make arrangements for a place to stay. Churchill Manor is a historic bed and breakfast charmingly situated just one block from downtown Napa, where many of the film festival events will take place. With lavish appointments and a friendly staff eager to accommodate, plan your festival stay with us! Make your reservation to stay in our luxurious accommodations today. Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide to find out more things to do and see in the area.