Napa fest picks ‘Mamitas,’ ‘Kumare’

Judy Greer, Felicity Jones receive tributes at inaugural event

The first annual Napa Valley Film Festival handed out awards and vino this past weekend, and announced it will be coming back next year, November 7-11, for round two.

Judy Greer, who can be seen in this year’s “The Descendants,” received a fest tribute for her film work. The fest’s rising star tribute went to Felicity Jones, star of “Like Crazy.”

“Mamitas,” directed by Nicholas Ozeki, won the juried narrative feature jury award with a $10,000 cash prize, as well as the audience award for narrative feature.

Juried doc awards went to “Kumare,” directed by Vikram Gandhi, for best docu; to “First Generation,” directed by Adam and Jaye Fenderson, which won

special mention for social impact and to Jack Sanderson in “Becoming Santa” for best docu subject, directed by Jeff Myers.

Juried narrative awards included a special award for creative excellence to “David,” directed by Joel Fendleman and co-directed by Patric Daly; while the Mt. Veeder peak performance for best acting in a feature was awarded to Amber Jaeger in “Take Me Home,” directed by Sam Jaeger.

Audience award for docu went to “Wild Horse Wild Ride,” directed by Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus, while “The Other F Word,” directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, was named the favorite lounge feature.

The short film winners can be found at NapaValleyFilmFest.org.