Capping off a successful week of culinary, wine, and film excellence the 4th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at City Winery on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  The Festival, held from November 12-16, screened 125 films over 5 days in 14 unique venues throughout the Napa Valley. The 2014 lineup proved to be a truly sensational showcase of some of this year’s best new independent films. Dan Geller, member of the Jury for Documentary Features and Shorts states,

“2014 was the filmmaking equivalent of a vintage that will go down in history. The films here touched audiences in ways that will last for a long, long time. For us as Jury members, it was an honor for us to celebrate these films. My advice to filmmakers: do not hesitate to submit to this festival, you will have an amazing time that you will never forget.” 

Without further adieu, we present the full list of both Juried and Audience award winners. Hats off to our winners and to all of the films that participated in this year’s festival.


Juried Awards:

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Presented by Miner Family Vineyards goes to AMIRA & SAM.

Jury Award for Best Screenplay presented by Handwritten Wines goes to EAST SIDE SUSHI.

Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast presented by Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley goes to LITTLE ACCIDENTS.

Jury Award for Best Animated Short presented by Silverado Vineyards goes to THE MISSING SCARF.

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature presented by Sullivan Vineyards goes to AN HONEST LIAR.

Jury Award for Best Documentary Short presented by Freemark Abbey goes to WHITE EARTH.

Jury Award for Best Narrative Short presented by Acacia and Jessup Cellars is a tie going to LOOMS and SELLING ROSARIO.

Honorable Mention for Narrative Shorts presented by Provenance goes to LEONARD IN SLOW MOTION.

Special Jury Prize – Documentary presented by Reynolds Family Winery goes to #CHICAGOGIRL: THE SOCIAL NETWORK TAKES ON A DICTATOR.

Special Jury Prize – Features (Cinematography & Art Direction) presented by Rombauer Vineyards goes to KINDERWALD.

Special Jury Prize – Features (Soundtrack) presented by Sterling Vineyards goes to SONG ONE.


Audience Award for Favorite actor presented by Rutherford Hill goes to Dev Patel from THE ROAD WITHIN.

Audience Award for Favorite Actress presented by O’Brien Estate goes to Zoe Kravitz from THE ROAD WITHIN.

Audience Award for Favorite Animated Short presented by Hess Collection goes to THE MISSING SCARF.

Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Feature presented by Priest Ranch goes to STATES OF GRACE.

Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Short presented by Luna Vineyards goes to SLOMO.

Audience Award for Favorite Lounge Feature presented by Hill Family Estates goes to BAR AMERICA.

Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Feature presented by Rutherford Ranch Winery goes to AMIRA & SAM.

Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Short presented by Clos Pegase goes to THE GUNFIGHTER.

The first runner-up for Narrative Shorts presented by Cairdean Vineyards goes to CARE. Second runner-up goes to SELLING ROSARIO.


Narrative Features Jury: Christine Vachon, Peter Baxter, Dierk Sinderman, Lissa Gibbs, Don Lewis

Documentary Features and Shorts Jury: Morgan Neville, Tiffany Shlain, Freida Lee Mock, Dan Geller, and Dayna Goldfine

Narrative Shorts Jury: Joshua Michael Stern, Ralph Macchio, Neil Berkeley

Animated Shorts: Bill Plympton, Adam Glick, Ryan Tudhope

Each of the festival winners received a large format wine bottle from one of the festival’s esteemed Vintner Circle winery partners. Amazon Web Services and Intel sponsored the festival’s presentation of Animated Shorts, with films eligible for both audience and juried awards. The winners of the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature jury were awarded $10,000 courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley. The winner of the Best Documentary Short received $2,500 courtesy of Freemark Abbey winery.

Directors of the Narrative and Documentary films in competition participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence Program presented in partnership with Meadowood Napa Valley. Directors stay at the luxury resort for six nights during the festival and are treated to special events and workshops with their competition group and industry mentors.

Festival Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce the completion of another successful festival stating,

“It’s been a tremendous 4th year and we are thrilled by the excellence of the films in our lineup paired with equally as impressive culinary and wine events. It has been our pleasure to host such creative story-tellers and enthusiastic film-loving audiences once again in Napa Valley.”


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NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11