The first ever Napa Valley Film Festival launched this weekend with a series of parties, films, and festive events showcasing what’s planned for next year, when the festival officially begins. A first for Napa, this is going to be a full-scale international film with a world-class selection of more than 75 international and independent films.
A labor of love by Napa Valley film buffs, the festival’s plans are enormously ambitious, with plans to spread over five days of showings in November 2011. In-person appearances by filmmakers and festive before- and after-party events sponsored by some of Napa’s top restaurants and winemakers ensure this will be no ordinary film festival, but will have a classy Napa Valley spin.
This year, the festival consisted of a two-day “launch party” featuring a handful of prestigious foreign and indie films making their first appearance in the Bay Area. A series of wine tastings and dinners showcased the organizers’ plans and highlighted the commitments of sponsoring hotels, restaurants, and wineries. Stay tuned for future developments and Cannes, watch your back.