Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16

Think you’ve got an idea for the next Hollywood Blockbuster or Break Out Independent Movie? Bring it on, and get the chance to join in the fun at the Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16!



New this year: a two-step process for our annual pitch contest … Boot Camp on Friday Nov 14, and Final Smack-down on Sunday, Nov 16.  For the Boot Camp on Friday morning, industry veteran Peter Belsito and pitch-master Scott Manville teach aspiring writers, directors and producers the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch a new TV or film project. Help decide which of the 20 semifinalists move on to the FINAL SMACK DOWN on Sunday. For the Sunday final round, Peter and Scott host with a panel of experts comprised of studio execs and producers.



Pitch your best idea for the next Hollywood Blockbuster, breakout Indie Film, or hot new TV show.

Be one of the 20 pitches selected and attend this year’s festival to make your case! A free Friday Day Pass will be provided to each of the 20 semi finalists chosen to attend the Pitch Contest Boot Camp.  The 10 finalists will be provided a complimentary Sunday Day Pass to attend the Final Smackdown.

Winner will receive a $1000 cash prize provided by Manville Media Ventures Inc., plus the opportunity to present their idea to the development and production team at The Weinstein Company in Los Angeles.

Pitches should be 50 words or less.

Learn more today and Submit your pitch by October 31:


About NVFF:

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16. NVFF features 125 new independent films and studio sneak previews including Mike Binder’s Black and White starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer; The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley; The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her & Him, with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy; and The Last 5 Years featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Over 300 visiting filmmakers and celebrities (including screen icon Kevin Costner, actor Mike Myers and actress Shailene Woodley) will interact with audiences at the screenings and intimate events at 14 beautiful screening venues throughout the four walkable villages. Attendees will also enjoy film panels and culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions, Vintner Circle dinners and more. For complete details and to purchase passes, please or call 707.226.7500.

Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you and your pitches at the Festival this year.

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