#MOFILM Awards Ceremony. Connecting talented #filmmakers w/ top brands. #SXSW via @MktgMistress (at The Driskill)
Because who doesn’t love #bacon?! #sixdegrees #sxsw via @MktgMistress (at Austin Conference Center Meeting Room 16AB)
Honor thy #wine. @freshuan @quinnseanm #NVFF #WW (at Napa Town Center)
Say, “cheese!” #WW #thisishowwewine (at Napa Town Center)
Rain ready! Our famous festival babe, #DaliaMahoney makes a cameo appearance at the office! @freshuan @melodius_funk #NVFF #family (at Napa Town Center)
What do you have chillin’ in your mini frig?! @trefethenfamily @taylorvineyards #hillfamilyestate #WW #NVFF (at Napa Town Center)
#WineWednesay at the #NVFF office! We’re in the mood for #pink!
"Three years is a Charm!" That’s what they say — we delivered. Check out our recently released 2013 Highlight Reel… Beginning with a fantastic opening night, NVFF brought the art of film, food and wine together for a week-long celebration. Visiting celebs loved the colorful valley and undoubtedly wanted to extend their stay. Sound City Director, Dave Ghrol challenges, "you won’t find a more picturesque place to hang out with people, have good wine and talk about film." And don’t forget all the movie houses. NVFF is known for it’s elaborate landscape and endless opportunity for intimate, one-of-a-kind, unique screening venues. The tone has been set… Relax, we’re artist friendly with a great end to the festival circuit season making NVFF a must for Hollywood. And while we’re only in our third year, we believe that adding film to amazing food and wine makes for a fantastic combination you don’t want to miss.
Napa Valley Film Festival 2013 Sizzle Reel from Napa Valley Film Festival on Vimeo.
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~ Kerry Hardy, Senior Marketing Manager, NVFF
It’s that season again, not the holidays mind you, but movie awards season. Is it possible we’re entering into a new “golden age” of film, with such a surplus of fine films and filmmakers now clogging the multiplex? For every Gravity or August: Osage County we also have to put up with Grown Ups 2 and The Hangover Part 3. Film festivals remain one of the best ways possible to cut through all the “meh” films and get right to the good stuff. Five of our films from the 2013 edition of the Napa Valley Film Festival are now figuring prominently in awards discussions; Nebraska, August: Osage County, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
The Hollywood Foreign Press’ (HFP) annual Golden Globe awards are always a hoot, in that they are often a less formal affair. They honor both television and film and are a good barometer for other ceremonies to come. This year their nominees include two films for best picture that played at NVFF—Philomena and Nebraska. Additionally Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) picked up best actress nominations. Bruce Dern (Nebraska), and Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) also got best actor nods from the HFP and supporting nominations were awarded to Julia Roberts (August) and June Squibb (Nebraska). It will be great fun on January 12 as the 71st awards ceremony plays out.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) also had a healthy dose of NVFF 2013 films in their nominations. Their ceremony takes place just a week later, on January 18. Bruce Dern was nominated for his role in Nebraska and three actors of five in the Best Female Lead category were represented in Napa last month – Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench. In addition, Julia Roberts and June Squibb also picked up supporting role nominations from the SAG for their work this year. And finally, the entire cast of August: Osage County was nominated for Best Ensemble Cast this year.
Of course the biggest award of all – the Academy Awards, is still on the horizon. Nominations will be announced January 16 for 2013 films, and the awards will be handed out March 12. Hopefully you will be able to say “I saw it first in Napa” when the big awards are handed out. And now’s a great time to start planning for the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival which will take place November 12-16. We’re sure to have many awards favorites playing before they come out anywhere else.
~ Herb Stratford, Senior Programmer, NVFF