Taking a cue from the Los Angeles Film Fest filmmaker retreat and the Sundance Labs, the Napa Valley Film Festival is launching with an Artists in Residence program. Filmmakers selected for the dramatic features competition will be invited to stay at the Meadowood Resort & Spa for up to five nights to network with industry mentors and to workshop their next projects.
The fest will also name an industry mentor to lead networking and career development sessions with the artists in residence.
Entries for the first edition of the Northern California wine country festival, which runs Nov. 9-13, will be accepted through Withoutabox.
More than 50 films will screen at the fest, with competitive categories for features, feature-length docs and shorts.
Based in the Napa Valley towns of Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena and Yountville, fest will partner with wineries and culinary partners for tastings, receptions, winemaker dinners and parties.