Cinema Napa Valley is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 and  headquartered in Napa, California. Cinema Napa Valley’s mission is to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class film festival and year-round education and outreach programs.


The Napa Valley Film Festival was founded by Brenda and Marc Lhormer. Brenda and Marc previously served as co-directors of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 – 2008. They also produced the iconic movie Bottle Shock, which told the story of Napa Valley’s triumph at the 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. After Bottle Shock’s world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Brenda and Marc turned their attention to creating a world-class film festival for Napa Valley.


Founders Brenda and Marc Lhormer envisioned a Fall film festival that would exhibit the year’s best new independent films and likely Oscar and Golden Globe awards contenders, while simultaneously leveraging Napa Valley’s outstanding food, wine and hospitality to deliver an unparalleled immersive and transformative festival experience. They also envisioned a cultural arts organization that would support the art of cinematic storytelling while also providing educational and career opportunities for local students.


Marc Lhormer
Marc LhormerCo-Founder, Executive + Artistic Director
Brenda Lhormer
Brenda LhormerCo-Founder, Co-Director
Ben Mahoney
Ben MahoneyOperations Director
Fearon DeWeese
Fearon DeWeeseExperience Director
Debbie Young
Debbie YoungVolunteer Director
Blair Hunt
Blair HuntExecutive Assistant
Whitney Haskin
Whitney HaskinProgram Manager
Katie Carpenter
Katie CarpenterVintner Circle & Group Manager
Heather Teague
Heather TeagueTicketing & Systems
Emma Steele
Emma SteeleSenior Marketing Manager
Amy Brown
Amy BrownProgram Coordinator
Michael Fox
Michael FoxPatron Circle Director
Melody Mahoney
Melody MahoneyOperations + Systems Associate


Patrick Davila
Patrick DavilaMeadowood Napa Valley, Board Chair
Rob Jennings
Rob JenningsImmediate Past Chair
Teresa Cunningham
Teresa CunninghamGaw Van Male, Secretary
Debra Crow
Debra CrowVolta Industries, Inc., Treasurer
Chris Wendel
Chris WendelVolta Industries, Inc.
Don Shindle
Don ShindleThe Westin Verasa Napa
David Glasser
David Glasser
Ron Hofmann
Ron HofmannBWR Public Relations
Carissa Ashman
Carissa AshmanC-StarPR, Inc
Michael Woods
Michael WoodsBaywood Capital / Mount View Hotel & Spa
J. Todd Harris
J. Todd HarrisBranded Pictures Entertainment
Rick Garber
Rick GarberMorgan Stanley Wealth Management
NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11