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17th September, 2013

Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announces major sponsors for third annual festival

Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) co-founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer have announced the major sponsors of this year's festival.

With the support of a range of 'blue chip' sponsors, the NVFF's screenings of new independent films takes place in twelve venues along with Napa Valley's finest food, wine and hospitality.

NVFF is returns in full force with a five-day festival in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, over the pertiod November 13th to 17th.

Cadillac has come on board as NVFF's official vehicle and will have a strong presence throughout the valley, showcasing the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan, the North American car of the year, the Cadillac ATS and the full size luxury sedan, the Cadillac XTS. Cadillac will be highlighted at the Cadillac Theater at 500 First Street, NVFF's newest addition to the festival the LifeStyle Pavilion and the Celebrity Tribute Program at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. The Lifestyle Pavilion, an enormous and impressive structure built exclusively for the NVFF, will be introduced to Festival Gala attendees on November 14th, and then open to NVFF Passholders and the general public from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday through Sunday of the festival weekend. The LifeStyle Pavilion will host sponsored luxury lounges, culinary presentations on the Dacor Demonstration Stage, film industry panel discussions and grand wine tasting experiences.

"The Napa Valley Film Festival is a great event to showcase the all-new Cadillac CTS and the rest of the Cadillac lineup. We are excited to be part of this event that highlights the art of film and the culture of Napa Valley", said Sam Prabakaran, Cadillac Regional Marketing Manager.

In addition, Escalades and all-new CTS sedans will be available to VIPs and celebrities who wish to take advantage of the VIP fleet throughout the festival. Cadillac will also provide an Escalade for Movies on the Move, a mobile screening venue that will travel to selected locations throughout the Napa Valley from November 15th to 17th. The Escalade will feature completed films from the Sony 4K Film Challenge, a three-day filmmaking competition in which six teams battle to make a five-minute film to win a bag of equipment provided by Sony Electronics.

Sony is NVFF's exclusive electronics sponsor and will have a strong presence showcasing its 4K Ultra HD TV, consumer 4KHandycam Camcorder, Action Cam POV video camera, VAIO notebook computers, Xperia smartphones and tablets, and Blu Ray disc players at the Sony Lounge screening venue at Hatt Hall in the Napa River Inn, the NVFF LifeStyle Pavilion, and VIP events and parties. Festival goers will be mesmerised and delighted, say Sony, by the innovative Sony fountain showcasing the company's waterproof devices. The fountain and the temporary dome like structure surrounding it will mark the entrance to the stunning Yountville Community Center, home of the NVFF Village Center and the Generations Rooms screening venue.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel will present the new Animated Shorts Film Category, a special program of twelve films that represent a wide variety of styles, techniques and genres from around the world. Both Juried and Audience Award winning animated shorts films will be announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony at the Uptown Theater on Sunday, November 17th. Ryan Tudhope from San Francisco based VFX studio Atomic Fiction (Flight and Star Trek Into Darkness) and Ariel Kelman, Head of Worldwide Marketing, AWS, will lead a lively panel discussion about NVFF's animated short films and how cloud technology is driving higher quality effects and letting digital effects artists and digital filmmakers focus on creativity versus the infrastructure required to run it. The discussion follows the 1:00 pm screening of the Animated Short Films at the Cadillac Theater at 500 First Street in Napa on Saturday, November 16th.

Stella Artois, the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world, is an Official Sponsor of the Napa Valley Film Festival and the exclusive alcohol partner. This year, Stella Artois will have a strong presence showcasing its Stella Artois beer, part of a Belgian brewing tradition since 1366, and Stella Artois Cidre (pronounced: cee-druh), which recently brought home a gold medal in the cider category at the 2013 North American Beer Awards. Stella Artois Cidre is a crisp, distinctive European-style cider made with hand-picked apples. Drier and less sweet than typical U.S. ciders, Stella Artois Cidre is an ideal alternative to white wine. Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre will be served in signature glassware before film screenings at the Sony Lounge at Hatt Hall and featured at the NVFF LifeStyle Pavilion, the Festival Gala, VIP receptions and events, and at the Closing Night Wrap Party. Stella Artois chefs will also be on the Dacor Culinary Stage preparing recipes made with Stella Artois Cidre.

"For Stella Artois, brewing is a passionate, painstaking process", said Rick Oleshak, global marketing director, Stella Artois. "We understand the commitment that is required to make a thing of beauty. Our partnership with the Napa Valley Film Festival honors the craftsmanship that goes into the filmmaking process, celebrating the actors and directors who make classic films a reality".

As the 2013 Official Airline Partner, Delta Air Lines will fly the NVFF filmmakers and celebrities into town. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years.

The festival welcomes Bank of America and Merrill Lynch as Leading Sponsors. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are supporting the festival as part of the company's commitment to supporting communities where their associates work and live, and where the companies conducts business. Bank of America is a leading financial services company; Merrill Lynch provides comprehensive wealth management and investment services.

The Napa Valley Film Festival is once again partnering with Meadowood Napa Valley, the luxurious resort in St. Helena that offers its guests golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness, spa, wine experiences and a Michelin three-star restaurant dining experience all on a private 250-acre estate.

For the third year, Meadowood Napa Valley sponsors the NVFF Artists-in-Residence program by hosting the directors of the ten films participating in the U.S. Narrative Features Competition. The filmmakers are given the unique opportunity to network with each other and their industry mentors at a special day devoted to discussing film careers and their current and future projects.

Meadowood Napa Valley also presents a $10,000 cash prize to the filmmaker whose film is selected by the Jury as Best U.S. Narrative Feature at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 17t at the Uptown Theatre.

"We are honored to work with such innovative and dynamic partners, who have selected our Napa Valley Film Festival as a platform to highlight new products and technology as well as integrate into the festival in the most extraordinarily creative ways possible", exclaimed NVFF Co-Founder and Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. "Audiences will be amazed and entertained by the displays and activations that these sponsors show off during the festival. We are excited to see how our partners and audience interact between the films, panels, demonstrations, special events and mind blowing parties".

Other key sponsors include Domaine Chandon, the Yountville-based winery sponsoring the Rising Star Awards at the Celebrity Tribute Program hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin, on Friday, November 15th at Lincoln Theater. This year's Rising Stars to receive large format bottles of Chandon sparkling wine will be actors Miles Teller (Spectacular Now, Rabbit Hole), and Dianna Agron (The Family, Glee). Sterling Vineyards is sponsoring a NVFF VIP Getaway sweepstakes during the month of September in five states - Arizona, California, Texas, New York and Louisiana.





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