Cameo Cinema, Napa Valley Film Festival 2017

St. Helena's iconic Cameo Cinema was one of five Upvalley locations to show the films of the Napa Valley Film Festival last year.

David Stoneberg, Star

The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place Nov. 7-11 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, 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.

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; the late deadline is May 11; the extended deadline is June 8.

Winter Sale continues

The Winter Sale, offering select discounted passes, will be available until March 31. After that date, prices will increase each quarter until rack rates take effect on Oct. 1.

The NVFF Winter Sale offers consumers the following pass pricing: Festival Pass (five-day access to films, wine tasting experiences, and culinary demos) $265 each or $235 for four or more (regular price is $295); Pass Plus (Festival Pass benefits plus priority access in lines, invitations to Celebrity Tributes, Friday Night Bash, Awards Ceremony, Festival Gala, and more) $665 each or $635 for four or more (regular price $695). Napa and Sonoma county locals get an additional 10 percent off using code LOCAL, valid now for the Winter Sale and until June 30.

For those who want the perks of a Pass Plus, but can only attend Friday, Nov 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11, the new Weekend Plus is on sale now for $575. The regular Weekend Pass is also available for sale at $225; neither of these three-day experiences are discounted. Additional limited time, limited budget products will be announced and go on sale later in the year.

For an exclusive VIP experience, join the Patron Circle. There are three levels to choose from starting at $2,500 per person, with membership contributions largely tax-deductible. Visit nvff.org/passes for more information or call 707-226-7500.

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