Everything You Need to Know About the Napa Valley Film Festival

As summer draws to a close and the kids go back to school, the excitement begins to build in the area for the Napa Valley Film Festival. This year marks the ninth year that Napa Valley has rolled out the red carpet for independent filmmakers. The festival begins on Wednesday, November 13th and concludes on Sunday, November 17th.


The Napa Valley Film Festival is all about screening the best up and coming independent films not only from the United States but also around the world. Screenings of the movies and short films take place throughout the valley at several gorgeous and historic venues, including the oldest theater in the area. The venues for viewing this year’s films include:

Over the course of this five-day event, there are many different films to see from a variety of genres. The Napa Valley Film Festival breaks its offerings into the following categories:

  • Narrative Features
  • Documentary Features
  • Narrative Shorts
  • Documentary Shorts
  • Verge Features
  • and Special Presentations

During many of the viewings, the filmmakers are on hand and some of them even answer questions before or after the screening of their film or documentary. Some of the films are shown at different venues throughout the five-day event so the audience doesn’t have to go so far to see a film they want to watch.


Yes, food is a big deal during an event like this, and Napa Valley doesn’t disappoint. In between film viewings, you’ll find a variety of cooking demonstrations from area chefs and you may even get to sample some of the concoctions. Many of the celebrity chefs try to prepare dishes that center around one of the movie’s themes.

On the first night, the Opening Night Party begins the festivities in the Downtown Napa Festival Hub. There you can meet some of the filmmakers and sample food and wine from the pop stations throughout the area. In addition, you’ll also find interactive lounges and live entertainment.

Sample small plates during the Variety’s Film to Table event. Many of the dishes are inspired by iconic films. While sampling the food, a group of panelists discusses the role of food in movies. They also look at the current culinary trends in the movie industry.

On the last evening, you want to attend the Festival Wrap Party. Sample outstanding wine from the local winery and light bites while listening to live music.


At the Festival Hubs in Napa and St. Helena, Wine Intermissions are the place to be in between film showings. With more than 10 of the best wineries offering samples, you’re sure to find a new wine to love. Sommeliers are on hand to answer all your wine-related questions as well as guide you towards the perfect glass.


You can purchase a full five-day pass or one for the weekend only. There are five different passes available with varying access levels and price points. These passes are available for purchase online now.

We can get you there

During the festival, you and your friends can enjoy the events with the help of Napa Valley Tours & Transportation. Our professional, courteous driver will pick you up at home or hotel and drive you to all the events. Just imagine! You won’t have to deal with the hassle of parking or even walking miles to the event. You don’t need to assign a designated driver since we provide you with one. Our cars are comfortable and reliable. Contact us today to learn more or to book your vehicle and driver for the Napa Valley Film Festival.

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