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Napa Film Fest Jumps Into Awards Buzz Game

'Saving Mr. Banks,' 'August: Osage County' among films screening at wine country venues

The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced for its third edition a slate of films that are already gathering awards buzz, with opening night film “August: Osage County,” as well as “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Nebraska,” “The Immigrant” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on the schedule. The centerpiece presentation will be “Philomena,” while “One Chance” will also screen.

The fest runs Nov. 13-17 in the Northern California towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. While the 35-year-old Mill Valley Film Festival has long dominated the north-of-San Francisco festival scene, Napa’s recently hatched fest has already become known for lavish winery events and wine tastings at every screening — and this year’s program promises to increase the caliber of the film selection.

“We are truly humbled and honored to be presenting these outstanding films prior to their end-of-year theatrical releases,” said NVFF executive and artistic director Marc Lhormer, who added that the sneak previews complement the more than 100 new independent narrative and documentary features and shorts in the juried film program.

Among those receiving celebrity tributes this year are Miles Teller, star of “The Spectacular Now”; Dianna Agron, star of “The Family”; and “The Blind Side” director, writer and producer John Lee Hancock.

More information is available at NapaValleyFilmFest.org.

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