The eighth Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place Nov. 7-11, is accepting film 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, narrative shorts, documentary features and documentary shorts. Organizers are looking for films that will entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences. All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for audience awards.
NVFF Program Manager Whitney Haskin said, “More than ever before, we are seeking out films that capture an untold story or an unlikely hero, an unpredictable connection or an inspiring personal triumph. Emotion is always the center of our objectives when programming films for NVFF, and we wholeheartedly expect to encounter some of the most incredibly moving documentaries and narratives in 2018.”
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, eclectic, boundary-pushing films.
Short films (narrative and documentary, less than 50 minutes of running time) are programmed in content-centric collections. Separate juries present awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short. Shorts may also be selected for The Lounge or presented as part of the Special Presentations.
The 20 films in NVFF’s U.S. Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition categories (approximately 10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature. Both of these awards come with a $10,000 cash prize presented by Meadowood Napa Valley.
The films’ directors also participate in NVFF’s Artists-in-Residence program, which includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders and networking opportunities at festival receptions, winemaker dinners and parties in premiere wine country destinations.
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.
Filmmakers can submit projects through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. For early submissions with discounted entry fees, the early bird deadline is Feb. 23. The regular deadline is April 6 followed by the late deadline on May 11. The final opportunity to submit a film for consideration is marked by NVFF’s extended deadline, June 8. Visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org for full film submission details, or call 707-226-7500.