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The Napa Valley Film Festival will proceed as planned, in spite of the wildfires that have torn through the region.
“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,” NVFF co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer said Wednesday in a statement. “Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date.”
NVFF plans to work with those in the community, making the festival a part of the rebuilding efforts. It was announced Wednesday that NVFF has plans to donate 10 percent of all pass sales revenue from Oct. 16 through the festival — which is set to run Nov. 8-12 — to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Added the Lhormers: “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 fest will be screening early awards contenders Call Me by Your Name; I, Tonya; Molly’s Game and The Shape of Water, and will honor talent including Will Ferrell, Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The Northern California wildfires have killed 42 people to date and have blackened 200,000 acres statewide, according to Cal Fire officials’ reports on Tuesday.
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