A little #NapaValley history for your #WW reading pleasure via @WineSpectator’s April 30, 2014 issue. Cheers! #Calistoga

Ready, set, PLAY!

Last year’s festival hosted the first ever NVFF SONY 4K FILM CHALLENGE, a timed filmmaking competition. Armed with an array of the latest SONY technologies, five teams embarked on a 60-hour challenge to craft a short film based on randomly-assigned topics. Here are the contestants’ creative ingenuity that crafted our inaugural film challenge playlist.

Enjoy!

Celebrate the Grand Opening of City Winery Napa

On April 23, NVFF Presents its first event with City Winery

SENSING RED: A Special Evening of Film and Frivolity

Enjoy craft cocktails and nibbles during pre-reception followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner from City Winery Chef Joseph Panarello paired with BIG red Napa Valley wines along with a NVFF 2013 film.

Experience the award-winning documentary film RED OBSESSION, narrated by Russell Crowe, along with a special panel discussion following the film with challenging thought presented by industry experts.

Salivating yet? Click here, for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Last week the Holy Grail of the culinary world, The James Beard Foundation announced this year’s award nominees… And we’re pumped! We live in Napa Valley, so of course we geek out on food and wine. We’re total f… dare I use the word? Foodies? Yes, we’re foodies and we’re proud to boast about the culinary scene, along with all its accomplishments.

So here they are, our four front runners who will have us tuning in to the award ceremony, May 2 + 5, 2014…

1) For the Special/Documentary category, EATING ALABAMA, a NVFF 2012 alumni special screening film produced by Andrew Beck Grace and Bartley Powers challenges film-goers to take a deeper look at why real food matters.

2) Outstanding service isn’t an option here in Napa Valley; it’s a standard and that’s especially true for the team at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Saint Helena. Our money is on Meadowood for the Outstanding Service award presented by, 2013 NVFF beer sponsor Stella Artois®.

3) Cindy Pawlcyn has been a true Napa Valley culinary staple for years so it’s no surprise that she has been nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur. We’re sure she will take home the west coast win for Napa Valley and we can’t wait to visit one of her two locations; Mustards Grill or Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen really soon.

4) The “Food & Wine” section, penned by San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer, Jon Bonné, and Miriam Morgan, was nominated for best Food Coverage in a general-interest publication. Fingers crossed for our 2013 media sponsor.

Winner announced May 2 + 5, 2014!

 

BEST #mole, #mole, #mole… EVER! @CejaVineyards (at Ceja Vineyards)

It’s #Friday and it’s our bi-monthly team off-site so we #bocce and we #Ceja. ¡Salute! @CejaVineyards (at Ceja Vineyards)

#WW scene @napafilmfest officeS before the vultures descend. #NVFF

#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)