Program Overview

CNV’s Film Program is comprised of the following core components:
• Competitive screenings of 90 or so new independent films
• Sneak Previews of prestigious studio films before theatrical release
• Conversations with 300+ writers, directors, actors, producers
• Juried & Audience Awards
• Exclusive Artists-in-Residence Program
• Celebrity Tributes (Legends, Mavericks, Trailblazers and Spotlights)
• Rising Stars Showcase
• Inspiring Student Programs
• Countless opportunities for artist-audience interaction

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Awards Season

Narrative Features

Narrative Shorts

Special Presentations

Documentary Features

Documentary Shorts

Food & Bev Spotlight


Documentary Showcase



Juried & Audience Awards

Industry experts decide the Juried Awards and audience ranking determines the Audience Awards. Awards are presented at a festive Awards Ceremony on Saturday night before the Festival Gala. Winning filmmakers take home 3-liter (double-magnum) bottles of highly sought-after Napa Valley wines presented by members of our Vintner Circle. Winners of the Juried Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature also receive $10,000 cash prizes courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

Juried Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts.

Audience Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Food & Beverage Documentaries, Documentary Showcase, Acting Awards

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Juried Awards Winners


General Magic

Summer ’03

Audience Awards Winners



White Tide: The Legend of Culebra



Art Inspiring Action Initiative

With the support of passionate movie-lovers and philanthropists Jennifer King and Tim Fredel, and their Rugged Elegance Foundation, the Cinema Napa Valley programming team has curated a special collection of issues-based films under the banner of #ArtInspiringAction.

The new initiative identifies filmmakers who have collaborated with partner organizations to create action campaigns that enable audiences to engage more deeply with the issues raised in the films and empower them to enact change themselves.

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Buy the Soufra Cookbook. Proceeds go to supporting the supplies that are needed to run the children’s center that Miriam is trying to open inside the refugee camp.


Support your Transgender troops by donating to which works with organizations to legally challenge the proposed ban on transgender troops.

Cancer Rebellion

Teen Cancer America is working to build a whole new focus in our medical system – so that teens and young adults who are diagnosed get specialized facilities, medical teams and research.

Mentors | Panelists | Moderators


The directors of our Narrative and Documentary Feature Films are accepted into our unique Artists-in-Residence Program in partnership with the incomparable Meadowood Napa Valley. These 20 or so talented filmmakers network with their peers, learn from industry mentors, and mingle with patrons and other Meadowood guests at a slew of intimate events. Meadowood also sponsors the twin $10,000 cash prizes awarded by the Jury for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature.

Industry Events

Meet the Artists

Members of our exclusive Patron Circle mingle with the filmmakers whose films are in our core narrative and documentary competitions. Estate Events by Meadowood provides the gourmet cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails, and guests are treated to a variety of wines from our Vintner Circle Members.

Industry Mixer

Our 300+ filmmakers and industry players gather together at an iconic Napa Valley location to eat and drink and network amongst themselves. A-Lister and Movie Mogul members of our Patron Circle are also invited, a great way to make connections and deepen their appreciation for and understanding of the creative and business aspects of the industry.

Panels and Conversations

A talented and experienced set of industry professionals share their insights and expertise in a series of lively panel discussions. The conversations will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Westin Verasa Napa on a variety of topics curated for both our filmmakers and movie-loving audiences.

Vintner Circle Dinners

The Vintner Circle is an elite group of Napa Valley wineries that pairs directly with the festival’s exclusive Patron Circle. In addition to providing wine for CNV’s year-round and festival-week Patron Circle VIP experiences, the wineries of the Vintner Circle each host an intimate dinner for Patrons, Celebrities, and Filmmakers, one of our most talked about events. Unlike any other festival, we connect our guests with top Napa Valley vintners to create the ultimate film, food, and wine experience.

CNV19 • NOV 13 - 17

CNV19 • NOV 13 – 17