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24-Apr-2014 2:19pm PDT  


Napa Valley Film Festival

4 Annual November 12, 2014 to November 16, 2014

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PO Box 10994
Napa CA 94581
Phone: 707.226.7500

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

U.S. Narrative Features
A narrative film 40+ minutes in length, originating from the U.S.

U.S. Narrative Features are selected for various screening sections at the festival, including the U.S. Narrative Feature Competition. Directors selected for the Competition participate in NVFF's Artists-in-Residence program in partnership with the world-class Meadowood Napa Valley. Directors in Competition are expected to make themselves available to attend the entire festival, Nov 12-16 to participate in the AIR program. Accommodations are provided by the Meadowood resort and travel assistance may be available.

U.S. Narrative Feature films may also be selected for inclusion in the festival in other, non-competitive sections.
U.S. Documentary Features
A documentary film 40+ minutes in length, originating in the U.S.
U.S. Narrative Short Films
Live action Narrative Short films under 20 minutes in length and originating from the U.S.
Please enter animated short films in the separate Animated Short films category.
U.S. Documentary Short Films
Live action Documentary Short films under 20 minutes in length and originating from the U.S.
Please enter animated short films in the separate Animated Short films category.
World Cinema Features (Narrative or Documentary)
Films entered in this category must be at least 40 minutes in length and originate from outside the U.S. World Cinema films at NVFF are non-competitive selections.
World Cinema Short (Narrative or Documentary)
Live action Narrative or Documentary Short films under 20 minutes in length and originating from outside the U.S.
Please enter animated short films in the separate Animated Short films category.
World Cinema films at NVFF are non-competitive selections.
Animated Short Films, sponsored by AWS and INTEL
Films entered in this category must be under 20 minutes in length and contain a significant amount of animation. All submitted films will utilize free credits provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) for accessing AWS products and services for completing the films. Upon submitting through Without A Box (WAB), NVFF will connect filmmakers with AWS for granting of the free credits to access AWS services (

Note - you may enter your film in any stage of completion, utilizing AWS to create a new film from scratch or to do a final polish on something near exhibition-ready, or anything in between.

Entry through WAB must take place by the final deadline of June 30, 2014, and completed films must be received by NVFF by July 31, 2014.

Whether or not a specific submission is accepted by the Napa Valley Film Festival, all filmmakers who enter this category will be given the opportunity to have their completed films showcased by AWS in various AWS promotional activities. Filmmakers choosing to participate will grant AWS a non-exclusive perpetual license to use all final digital assets from submitted films, along with film names and filmmaker names, exclusively for such purpose, and not for any other purpose that might in any way hinder the filmmakers' own plans for marketing and exhibiting their films.

The AWS sponsorship allows animation filmmakers two benefits: 1) experimenting with new rendering and file-sharing tools that support creativity and enhance productivity, and 2) broad exposure for and promotion of the filmmakers' new creative work."
Short Feature
Live action narrative or documentary short feature films between 21 and 50 minutes in length, originating from the U.S. or abroad.

For those films that are just more than a short but not quite a feature.

The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases the best in new independent filmmaking and world cinema and works to build community around the art of visual storytelling. Film screenings and discussions with filmmakers are accompanied by the world-class food and wine of legendary Napa Valley, fueling lively conversations with old and new friends.

The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 12-16. The festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday – what we like to refer to as an extended weekend, the best kind.

Each year’s festival includes the following core components:

- 125 or so new films
- 250+ visiting filmmakers and industry executives
- A handful of sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy end-of-year studio releases
- Tribute(s) to notable film industry figures
- Juried and Audience Awards in a variety of categories, including the $10,000 Meadowood Best Narrative Feature award
- Screening venues clustered in walkable Festival Villages in the towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga
- Food & Wine-Tasting Pavilions in each Festival Village

Film Program

NVFF welcomes films of all genres including narrative features, documentaries, world cinema, short films, animation, and student works. Organizers are looking for films that entertain, inspire, educate and uplift audiences. NVFF also features a selection of bold, boundary-pushing, edgier films in a dedicated venue called The Lounge.

NVFF screens most films multiple times and in different festival villages so visiting filmmakers can experience the variety within the Napa Valley, and so our film-loving audiences can enjoy films, food and wine in each village.

At the conclusion of the festival on Sunday night winning filmmakers are presented with Juried and Audience Awards at a fun and fast-paced Awards Ceremony, followed by a celebratory Wrap Party.

Food & Wine

What better to accompany conversation about riveting films than the world-class food and wine of legendary Napa Valley? Unique elements of the Napa Valley Film Festival experience include:

- Wine-tasting pavilions in four distinct festival villages
- Food and wine-tasting at select screening venues to enjoy before (and in some cases after) each screening
- An array of unique epicurean experiences for VIP guests

Brenda Lhormer (Co-Director) ; Carrie Markham (Administrative Director) ; Herb Stratford (Program DIrector) ; Marc Lhormer (Executive & Artistic Director)

Submission Date:
Entries must be postmarked by the appropriate tiered deadline to be considered for inclusion in the festival. Submissions postmarked after June 20, 2014 will not be considered.

Completion Date:
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2013.

Exhibition Formats:
The NVFF operates 12 individual screening venues. Acceptable exhibition formats vary by venue and may include (but are not necessarily limited to) 35mm, HDCam, DCP, and Blu Ray disc. The festival requests DVD and/or Blu Ray disc back up copies to accompany all exhibition formats. By entering your film you agree to work with NVFF to provide compatible exhibition format(s) and back ups.

Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles.

Prior Screenings:
NVFF does not require premiere status. Entries may not be televised or widely available online before November 1, 2014.

Distribution Status:
Films with U.S. distribution may be considered but are not eligible for competition. NVFF does not pay screening fees for films.

Support Materials:
Accepted films are requested to provide an electronic press kit including:
Production still photos – images that accurately represent the look of the film (NOT on set photos)
Director’s photo and biography/filmography
Director’s statement
Credits list
All photos should be print-quality (300dpi) files.

Shipping Costs:
Submitters of accepted films agree to pay for shipping the exhibition copy of their film to NVFF to arrive to the festival office at least one week prior to the start of the festival, or by the date requested by the NVFF technical team (whichever is earlier). NVFF covers return shipping of accepted films’ exhibition copies and back up materials only. NVFF pays for international return shipping for World Cinema films only.

Awards include:
Juried Awards:
Meadowood Best U.S. Narrative Feature, with a cash prize of $10,000
Best Ensemble Cast
Best U.S. Documentary Feature
Best U.S. Documentary Short Film
Best U.S. Narrative Short Film
Best Animated Short Film

Audience Awards:
Favorite U.S. Narrative Feature
Favorite U.S. Documentary Feature
Favorite U.S. Documentary Short Film
Favorite U.S. Narrative Short Film
Favorite Animated Short Film
Favorite Lounge Feature (Narrative or Documentary) – presented to the highest rated film screening in The Lounge, the NVFF’s venue for films that take chances and operate outside the box.


By submitting your film for consideration to the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Submitting your film to us constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival. If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the film’s director and other key personnel (actors, writers, producers, etc) attending the festival to present the film and interact with the Napa audience. The Napa Valley Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the Napa Valley Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.