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December 19, 2016

Five Days of Celebrities and Cinema at the Napa Valley Film Festival

Editor's Note: After a successful 2016 event, the Napa Valley Film Festival offers holiday pricing on 2017 Festival Passes and Passes Plus packages. The NVFF Holiday Sale offers consumers the following pass pricing: (1-3) Festival Passes (access to films, wine pavilions, culinary stage) $245 each; $215 for 4 or more. (1-3) Pass Plusses (Festival Pass benefits plus priority access in lines, invitations to Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, Festival Gala, and more) are on sale for $645 each; $615 for 4 or more. Sale ends Dec. 31. In addition, Napa and Sonoma County locals get an additional 10% off using code LOCAL, valid now for the Holiday Sale and until June 30. Visit www.nvff.org for more information and to purchase your 2017 packages, or call 707-226-7500

The 2016 Festival presented more than 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews in 13 venues across the towns of Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, and St. Helena, providing guests a variety of cinematic-themed festivities and events throughout the five days. A few of these included:

Red Carpets and Special Screenings

Lion, starring Dev Patel, Ronney Mara, and Nicole Kidman was the opening night screening on Nov. 9, at the Uptown Theatre in Napa. Other red carpet events included The Book of Love, with Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville on Nov. 10; and Generosity of Eye with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, at the Uptown on Nov. 12, with additional showings throughout the festival's run. Special screenings included Bleed for This with Aaron Eckhart at the Lincoln Theater on Nov. 11, and Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen at the Uptown, also on Nov. 11. The closing night film on  Nov. 13 at the Uptown Theatre was Pisco Punch: A Cocktail Comeback Story, the story of Peruvian pisco, one of the world's greatest forgotten spirits. Over 300 filmmakers attended the festival, including Josh Charles, Lee Daniels, Aaron Eckhart, Katie Holmes, and Sam Huntington.

Celebrity Tributes

The NVFF presented a number of tribute awards throughout the festival, including the Chandon Rising Star Tribute to Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, the Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Tribute to Chloe Grace Moretz and Dev Patel, the Spotlight Tribute to Viggo Mortensen, and the Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker and Actor Tributes to Lee Daniel and Kurt Russell, respectively. All award presentations took place on Nov. 10  at the Lincoln Theater, with on-stage conversations with Access Hollywood''s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover.

Parties and Festival Gala

From the Opening Night VIP Party at Ottimo! with host chef Michael Chiarello, to the Friday night Martin Bash in St. Helena, guests interacted with filmmakers and celebrities abound beyond the screenings. The festival's biggest and most extravagant party was the Festival Gala,  featuring cuisine from more than 30 of the region's culinary stars and wines from more than 50 esteemed vintners and wineries. The Award Ceremony preceeded the gala, and winning films of the Juried and Audience Awards were announced from a field of 10 narrative films. Winners received a large format collectible bottle of wine, and the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature each received a $10,000 check courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

NVFF organizers showcased Napa Valley's finest food and wine at all special events, with a number of chef presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions.

The Napa Valley Film Festival continues to be an ultimate film, food and wine experience. For detail on the 2017 schedule of events, please visit the NVFF online.

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