The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Announces Mercedes-Benz as The Official Automobile Sponsor of 2014

Luxury Automaker to Transport Celebrity Attendees and Display Exciting New Vehicles throughout the Festival

Napa, California (October 07, 2014) – Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce Mercedes-Benz as the Official Automobile Sponsor of 2014. Mercedes-Benz takes a starring role in the five-day celebration of the best new independent films and sneak previews of awards season contenders, screened in 12 beautiful venues, paired with Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, in Napa Valley’s postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 12 – 16.

The Napa Valley Film Festival will showcase Mercedes-Benz’s reputation as a worldwide luxury leader who seamlessly blends elegance and innovation in everything it does. As the Official Automobile Sponsor of the Napa Valley Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz will have a strong presence throughout the Valley. Predominantly featured as a cornerstone of the Napa Lifestyle Pavilion (at 500 First in downtown Napa), the Mercedes-Benz Theater will show off the luxurious S550 and C400 sedans. Additional vehicles, including the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive will also be showcased at key festival red-carpet events and locations including the Traditional Home Culinary Stage in Yountville; the Celebrity Tribute Program hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush at Lincoln Theater in Yountville; the extravagant Festival Gala; and at the Late-Night VIP Party at Groezinger in Yountville. Celebrities and film industry VIPs attending the festival will have access to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz special fleet throughout the festival.

“We are thrilled that Mercedes-Benz has chosen our festival as a platform for exhibition, entertaining and brand affiliation,” said NVFF Co-Founder/Director Marc Lhormer. “Mercedes-Benz is a perfect fit for our aspirational consumer, media and film industry audience who flock to Napa Valley from all over the world.”

“Mercedes-Benz is proud to be the Official Automobile Sponsor for the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival,” said Stephanie Zimmer, head of brand experience marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the best new independent films and showcase our new vehicles.”

Mercedes-Benz will feature prominently at The Festival Gala on Thursday, November 13. The Gala is a highlight of the 2014 Festival, where attendees can enjoy a taste of culinary offerings from 30 of Napa Valley’s top chefs, dance to a variety of bands and DJs, meet filmmakers and other talented artists, and grab a glass of wine from over 25 world-class wineries. The Gala is open to Pass Plus holders, Patrons, filmmakers, and VIP invited media, filmmakers and celebrities. Individual tickets for the Festival Gala will be sold at $200. Passes and Gala tickets can be purchased here:

Mercedes-Benz is will also sponsor a new event at NVFF – Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch Awards on Saturday, November 15, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Ten up-and-coming Producers will be recognized along with actress Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars, Divergent, The Descendants) who will receive Variety’s Indie Impact Award at the event. Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos will also be conducting a “Contenders Conversation” with Mr. Kevin Costner at the event, who is attending the festival with his new film Black and White and receiving the NVFF Be Visionary Screen Icon award at the festival’s Tribute Program on Friday, November 14. A special screening of The Fault in Our Stars will spool Sunday, November 16 at 10:00am at the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa, and Ms. Woodley will be in attendance for the Q&A.

NVFF Passes are on sale now at NVFF.ORG. Advance reservations and purchase are suggested, as lodging and passes will sell out. The full NVFF Program Line up is now available online. Additional special film screenings and Celebrity Tributes will continue to be announced throughout September and October.


About the Napa Valley Film Festival and Cinema Napa Valley:

The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking and cinematic storytelling; enhance and diversify Napa Valley’s cultural landscape, and to provide educational opportunities in and out of the classroom for local students. The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, 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 over 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues throughout the four walkable villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels and culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions and winemaker dinners and more. For information or to buy passes, visit NVFF.ORG or call 707-226-7500.


About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the SLS AMG GT.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans, and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at, and

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