Wine Country Film Festival

Wine Country // Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival

30th edition

Sep 21 - Sep 26, 2021
Glen Ellen, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Drama, Environmental, Film noir, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Music, Musical, Nature, News, , Realism, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Science, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Surreal, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description The premier showcase of new international and independent films in Northern California's Wine Country region just north of San Francisco.

The WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL is the region's original, most prestigious and longest running film festival established in 1986.

A Cinematic Feast in the Valley of the Moon

An eclectic five day celebration of cinema, the arts and cultural exchange.

Films screen outdoors in a spectacular setting in the Valley of the Moon In Kenwood, California, and at nearby venues in the Heart of the Valley.

Special Events, Live Performances, Premium Wines and Gourmet Food Trucks enhance the experience of world-class cinema.

We specialize in THE ARTS IN FILM, EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience (on social issues), and International Cultural Understanding.

A number of prizes are offered in various categories.

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Class Founded: 1986
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Nov 20, 2015

Early bird deadline: Feb 27, 2016
Regular deadline: Apr 30, 2016
Late deadline: Aug 04, 2016

Notification date: Aug 25, 2016

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Fees Fees range from 35.00 to 65.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 500.00 USD
Other prizes: Special Awards of Unique Art for certain prizes.
Festival sections
Films with or by Iber-American themes, stories or origins.
Cinema Of Conscience
Films that explore Social Issues, Social Responsibility and Social Change.
Films that delve into the worlds of Ecology, the Environment and Planetary Issues.
Food On Film
Films that delight in the Culinary Arts.
Films that provide greater insight into various art forms, from painting and sculpture to literature, dance, cinema, music, poetry and other media.
US Cinema
Films from the USA, particularly films that bring his to unique regions of America.
World Cinema
Films of any length from around the world that encourage Cultural Understanding and the appreciation for cultural uniqueness.
Specials Workshops, Panels
Send entry form, fee, CD of photo stills, and viewing copy to: Wine Country Film Festival, P.O. Box 303, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 if using Mail. Or if by courier use Print Shipping address: Wine Country Film Festival, 12000 Henno Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.
Participants are responsible for all freight, customs and handling charges.
Arrangements are to be made with our Print Traffic Department for Shipping Details. Screening Entries will not be returned unless prior arrangement is made and retrun shipping is paid.
The 30th Annual Wine Country Film Festival is set for Sept 21-26, 2016 in Sonoma County ( Kenwood, Glen Ellen plus other locations) , just 50 miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of California’s premium wine country. Additional “Best of Fest” Screenings may follow the Festival.
The Festival promotes the development and appreciation of fine film and the arts and stimulates cultural understanding and exchange. The Festival provides rich materials for our Cinema In Education® Project that encourages and facilitates the use of film as an educational asset.
3) PRINCIPAL CATEGORIES The Festival accepts feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental, animation and student films in all formats. There are six categories including: World Cinema, U.S. Cinema, CineLatino, Eco Cinema, Cinema of Conscience (films of Political or Social Comment, particularly Human Rights,) and Arts in Film and Food On Film.  

4) OTHER EVENTS- COMPETITIONS The Festival also organizes seminars, master classes, special programs and Tribute presentations. COMPETITIONS: Best Feature and Short Film in various categories, WCFF Humanitarian Award, Best First Feature Film, Jack London Screenplay Award, Jack London Spirit Award, Margrit & Robert Mondavi Peace & Cultural Understanding Prize, the WCFF David L. Wolper Documentary Film Prize. Competition will be held during the Festival, and the GAIA Film Prize for best film related to the environment.
5) SELECTION The Program Director is responsible for establishing the selection of films and special programs. Entry in Festival constitutes agreement to participate if the film is selected.
6) UPON ACCEPTANCE, entrant must include TWO or more High resolution PUBLICITY STILLS and the DIRECTOR’S HEADSHOT on CD-Rom or download from email or FTP site. Publicity stills should represent a scene from the film. Please send sample of Press Kits, Stills, Director’s Bio/Filmography and support materials at time of Acceptance. Include S. A. S. Post Card to acknowledge receipt of entry.
7) PRODUCERS Upon acceptance, the producers of each film must submit the following: a) DCP (if requested) BluRay or ProRes digital; b)a film synopsis; c) IMPERATIVE: Two (2) or more publicity stills and director’s headshot on CD or digital file; d) six (6) PRESS kits; e) publicity posters; and f)photo, bio and filmography of director. Electronic Press kit or video clips in HD are encouraged. Digital copy of the film will be kept in the Festival library for all selected films.
Entry Fees:
January 31, 2015
Earlybird Deadline $35.
 STUDENT $25. 

March 30, 2015
Regular Deadline $45.
STUDENT  $25. 

May 15, 2015
Late Deadline $50.
  STUDENT $30. 

August 4, 2016
Extended Late Deadline $55