2018 Napa Valley Film Festival: Narrative and Documentary lineup unveiled

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                            2018 Napa Valley Film Festival: Narrative and Documentary lineup unveiled

The 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups in core competition. The complete program lineup of approximately 100 films, including special presentations, award season contenders, and more will be announced at an upcoming date in September. NVFF 2018 is scheduled to take place November 7 - 11.

The 18 films in NVFF’s core competition categories will vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, as determined by the juries. The directors of these 18 films will participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program that includes a six-night stay at the luxury resort Meadowood Napa Valley. The residency includes master classes and breakout sessions with industry leaders as well as social and networking opportunities at special events throughout the festival. This year’s Festival Faculty will include several creatives associated with awards season films yet to be announced, plus executives Elise Pearlstein and Alece Oxendine, and story-telling power-couples Lysa and Grant Heslov, Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee, and Gren Wells and Brent Emery.


Juried and Audience Awards will be presented on Saturday, November 10 during the Awards Ceremony at the Uptown Theatre in Napa. Juried Awards decided on by three jurors in each of five juries, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Verge Film (from a collection of bolder, edgier films), Best Ensemble Cast, Best Screenplay, and Special Jury Prizes. Audience Awards include Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Narrative Short, Favorite Documentary Feature, Favorite Documentary Short, Favorite Verge Film, Favorite Food & Beverage Spotlight Film, Favorite Documentary Showcase Film, Favorite Actress and Favorite Actor. Each winner will be presented a large format collectible bottle of wine from one of the festival’s Vintner Circle members. Additionally, the winners of the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature will each receive $10,000 courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

“We are thrilled to be sharing with our audiences another diverse set of expertly-crafted real and imagined stories at the upcoming 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival,” said Executive & Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. “Once again, we are pleased to see a strong representation of female filmmakers, with the number growing each year. We look forward to hosting all the wonderful filmmakers as our Artists-in-Residence this year in beautiful Napa Valley.”

Narrative Features Competition

'Are You Glad I’m Here' 
'Ask for Jane'
'Cold Brook' 
'Only Humans' 
'Spare Room'
'When We Grow Up' 
'You Can Choose Your Family'

Documentary Features Competition

'Afghan Cycles' 
'Cancer Rebellion'
'A Fatherless Generation' 
'Father’s Kingdom'
'General Magic'
The Interpreters'
'The Trouble with Wolves' 
'Up to Snuff'