The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced that it will proceed with next month’s festival and donate 10% of the proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.
The region has been hit hard by aggressive wildfires that began on Oct. 8 and killed at least 41 people in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties in the deadliest week of fires in California history. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes. Firefighters have been gaining control over the blazes this week.
“Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all of our Napa and Sonoma County families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners during this difficult time,” said NVFF co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer.
“Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date,” the duo added. “Our partners and venues are eager to share this festival with those who love and need great stories, conversation, and bonding experiences. Festivalgoers will be able to support the Valley’s rebuilding efforts by booking hotel rooms and making restaurant reservations. This will all add positive economic impact during the Valley’s time of need.”
The festival, now in its seventh year, will take place Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, boasting 120 films, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and other events. Presenting Sponsor Lexus is donating 1,000 free tickets to select movies for those impacted by the fires.
Will Ferrell, Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon, and Michael Stuhlbarg are scheduled to attend. The festival will screen awards season contenders “Call Me by Your Name,” “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “The Shape of Water.”
The opening night film is The Weinstein Company’s “The Upside,” starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.
In 2014, the festival went on as planned less than three months after a 6.0 earthquake hit the Napa area.