Mission & Vision

The mission of the Napa Valley Film Festival, a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization headquartered in Napa, California, is to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class festival and year-round education and outreach programs.

NVFF’s Education Programs are dedicated to expanding opportunities for local youth. We bring socially conscious films to local students and schools; we also offer in-classroom instruction and hands-on internships opportunities. We want cinematic storytelling (as an art form) and the stories themselves to be an integral part of the student learning experience all year-round.

With your generous support, we can continue to open the minds of young people through innovative, challenging, thought-provoking and informative films, as well as honest discussions with filmmakers and their subjects. Join us and make a difference.


Filmmakers in Schools

A selection of NVFF special feature films are offered to teachers to screen in the classroom the week prior to the festival. NVFF invites the filmmakers, film subjects, producers, and actors that are in town during the festival to visit classrooms to engage in discussions surrounding the topics addressed within the films.

Past Filmmakers

Past Films in Schools



INSPIRE is a multi-school field trip to the Lincoln Theater in Yountville during the week of the film festival. 1,200 Napa County middle and high school students gather to watch documentary films and participate in extended discussions with both the filmmakers and their inspirational subjects.

INSPIRE is a core component of NVFF’s Education & Outreach Programs.

Feature: An inside look at NVFF’s INSPIRE program


Workshops & Screenings

NVFF aims to provide instruction and resources for in-classroom presentations or workshops as well as hands-on internship opportunities in an effort to inspire and motivate those students with a desire to pursue filmmaking as a means of self-expression.

Recent special in-classroom presentations:

  • Anthony Lucero, Director of East Side Sushi
  • Jimmy Baca, Poet/Author, Subject of A Place to Stand



Napa Valley Film Festival offers both college and high school-level internships.

Past NVFF internships have included advancement in administration, festival operations, marketing, film editing, graphic design and film programming activities.

For more information, visit the  NVFF Internship Page.