I served as a “Ringmaster” emcee/host (Napa Valley Opera House; Freemark Abbey) for the 7th Napa Valley Film Festival. As a former foster youth, festival season favorite, “Quest” flexed major heart muscle making mine jolt! Newcomer Greg Kasyan’s performance is hungry- illustrating a young scholar’s complex suburban milieu…co-staring Dash Mihok, Lou Diamond Phillips and LaKeith Stanfield.
Folks at Richard Von Saal’s official NVFF17 award show & red carpet gala after-party were buzzing and speculating on future wins for humble triple threat Santiago Rizzo.
It’s beginning to look a lot like award season!
Photos courtesy of 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival (above) Dash Mihok and Filmmaker Santiago Rizzo (center) The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
NVFF’s program includes competitive screenings of 100+ new independent films for our audiences to enjoy and discuss with over 300 attending filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and industry executives; with countless opportunities for artist-audience interaction, inspiring student programs, Celebrity Tributes, and our exclusive Artist-in-Residence Program.
Industry experts decide the Juried Awards and audience ranking determines the Audience Awards. Awards are presented at a festive Awards Ceremony on Saturday night before the Festival Gala. Competitive categories include: