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2011 Napa Valley Film Festival

Nov 1, 2011
2011 Napa Valley Film Festival
Our picks for the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival Nov. 9-13

filmfestivalThe way we see it, the Napa Valley Film Festival has just as much going for it as Sundance. You may not see as many celebrities (vintnerati sightings are equally tweetable) but you can drink world class wines between screenings. Even Robert Redford can’t promise that.

The festival, running November 9 through 13, features more than 80 buzz-worthy films, 200 visiting filmmakers, and dozens of wine tasting opportunities in some of the most beautiful venues in the valley. Even better, Daily Sip readers can enjoy some pretty killer discounts. Enjoy the festival in style by using any of the following:

Festival Pass: Enjoy all film screenings, festival panel discussions and wine pavilions for the full five days! Apply the discount code FESTPASS to purchase ticktes for $125 - saving $120!

Pass Plus: This discount adds on the Opening Night Gala, Tribute Program, Late Night Lounge at Groezinger, Closing Night Awards and Wrap Parties. Apply discount code PASSPLUS to purchase tickets for $400 - that's $95 off!

Day Pass: Enjoy a taste of the full festival for one day. This $75 ticket gets you into all the film screenings, regular panel discussions and wine pavilions!

Rush Ticket: Attend any movie or panel for only $10! Rush tickets are not sold in advance, and are only offered during the festival at every screening and panel location.

Once you have your tickets, you'll need to plan your time. Here are a few not-to-be-missed events during the festival we highly recommend:

• "Boy" gets our vote for the most imaginative film to come out of New Zealand since 2002’s "Whale Rider." It follows the whimsical fantasies of a young boy in 1984, the year Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" changed music. (8:30 pm Nov. 10; 6 pm Nov. 12).

• Jennifer Garner once played a 13-year-old going on 30. Why not a competitive butter carver? In "Butter," Garner stars as a small town Iowa wife who steps in when her champion, butter-slicing husband is asked to retire. (8:30 pm Nov. 10; 2 pm Nov. 12).

Food and Wine
• The NVFF gala will be an illustrious affair as host Margrit Mondavi welcomes top chefs from Brix and Auberge du Soleil pairing unforgettable bites with wines from Robert Mondavi Winery and Domaine Chandon. (Nov. 10, Robert Mondavi Winery).

Festival pass holders will have opportunities to taste wines from more than 50 estates at Festival Wine Pavilions located throughout the valley. Wineries including Raymond, Ceja, and Cornerstone, which will also host special open houses for pass holders. (Nov. 9-10).

We hope you can make one of the many exciting events during the Napa Valley Film Festival! Which event at the festival is on the top of your list? Tell us below!

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