California has its share of glamorous film festivals.
Though some West Coast fests might garner more headlines, the Napa Valley Film Festival is the best when it comes to mixing what happens in the cinema with a celebration of local culture and local attractions.
That's right: you might not have known it, but America's most famous wine-making region hosts a world class a film festival.
This year, the red carpet will be rolled out in front of Napa's cinemas during the week of November 13th.
Film buffs will probably be excited by the famous directors and on-screen talent who come to the festival, but people who are looking for a complete experience will literally be blown away by all the events surrounding the screenings.
The combination of movies, culinary events, wine tastings, art shows, open houses at businesses throughout the area, and glamorous festival parties make Napa Valley Film Festival a true celebration of all that this attractive region has to offer.
This is certainly not the kind of festival where attendees go to a few premieres and then try to get into exclusive invitation-only after-parties.
At the Napa Valley Film Festival, you don't have to be a Hollywood insider to get the VIP treatment.
There are several levels of passes available.
You can choose a pass that best fits the kind of experience you want to have during this weeklong film, food, and wine extravaganza.
Purchasing a higher-end pass will get you VIP treatment at wine tasting events, food events, and hospitality lounges in addition to access to the screenings and the stars.
Napa Valley businesses will also offer special perks to people who hold VIP passes (these all-access tickets are called “Pass Plus” by the festival's organizers).
Pass-holders get access to VIP parties and exclusive tastings and art gallery openings that are closed to the general public.
This year's festival will be focused in four “villages” in the towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.
Each village will have its own screening venues and also a large wine pavilion and hospitality lounge.
Wineries throughout the valley will be open to the public and tours of some of the most famous wineries will be running on an extended schedule.
Everyone who has spent time in Napa Valley knows that it is great place to simply wander without any sort of definite plan.
All access festival passes give you that chance to do just that, allowing you to move from attending screenings and rubbing shoulders with the stars to enjoying the unmatched atmosphere and ultra-high-quality wines that Napa is so famous for.
If you have purchased the right pass, virtually every door in Napa Valley is open to you.
Since few festivals have such a diverse menu of experiences, it can be easy to add your own special event to the schedule.
If you want to provide the quintessential Napa experience to the guests who attend your Napa Valley Film Festival party, the Saint Helena's Vineyard Estate is the venue of choice.
This multimillion-dollar estate is framed by vineyards.
It can accommodate up to 100 guests, with 12 able to stay overnight in the luxurious on-site suites.
Guests can stroll through the garden-filled five-acre grounds, enjoy wine and cocktails in the huge indoor and outdoor common areas, and savor a gourmet meal prepared by the estate's onsite caterers.
With estates like Saint Helena's Vineyard Estate, your party will certainly fit in alongside the class-filled events held by Napa Valley businesses and by the festival’s organizers.
Does that sound like an attractive proposition?
You can book this and other Napa Valley estates for your own film festival soiree through Estate Weddings and Events today. You can browse our complete list of available California estates and find the perfect fit for your needs.
Now it's your turn...
Let us know if you will be in Napa Valley this November. What events are you most looking forward to during Napa Valley Film Festival week?