Have you bought your passes yet? The Napa Valley Film Festival, which gets bigger and more fabulous each year, will light up the valley from November 11 to 15, and tickets are selling fast. This year, the festival will feature more than 100 new independent films and studio sneak-previews in 12 locations in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.
Screening venues include a 103-year-old movie theater, an airplane hangar, jazz club, performing arts center, restaurant, and an elegant music hall. Attendees can mingle with over 350 visiting filmmakers at screenings and intimate events as well as enjoy film panels, culinary demonstrations, wine-tasting pavilions, and wine strolls. There are also the spectacular Festival Gala, Awards Ceremonies, and an array of parties, VIP receptions, winemaker dinners, and more. A new feature this year will be the Riverfront Promenade, with a wine pavilion, beer garden, interactive exhibits and even morning yoga classes.
Other hot news: On opening night, wine lovers will toast the world premiere of Somm: Into the Bottle, at the Uptown Theatre and there will be red-carpet screenings of Carol, starting Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Spotlight with Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, and Youth, boasting an incredible cast led by Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano. On November 13, Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush returns to host the Celebrity Tribute Program honoring Bruce Dern, Keegan Michael Key, and more talented actors to be announced. Stay tuned for the full schedule of festival events and visiting special guests.
Tickets will be available for individual screenings, but savvy film-goers buy a pass for the full week. Current Festival Pass prices are $275 for screenings, wine pavilions, culinary demos, film industry panels, and pass-holder perks at local businesses. The Pass Plus, currently selling for $615, includes all of the above plus priority access to screenings and admission to the Festival Gala, Celebrity Tribute, after-parties, and Closing Night Awards Ceremony and Wrap party. And if you’re feeling really flush, you can join the Patron Circle, starting at $2,500, which includes all the previous benefits plus exclusive late-night-lounges, VIP areas, and invitations to Vintner Circle dinners and other VIP events.
The full program line up will be available online by mid-September. Check for updates on the Napa Valley Film Festival’s website. In the meantime, book those passes – this is an “only in the Napa Valley” event that gets better every year.