Festival FAQ

What is the Family Film Festival's Mission? 

It is the mission of the Family Film Festival of Napa Valley to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children's film may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking.


When will the Festival Schedule be available?

The film festival schedule is available April 1 each year and can be viewed in the "Schedule" section of this website,


Where does the Festival take place?

The Festival takes place at the Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574


Do special guests attend the Festival?

Yes! Each year, filmmakers, media professionals, and celebrities attend the Festival to lead interactive workshops and post-screening Q&A sessions with kids. Past attendees include: Andrew Gordon (Director of Animation, Pixar Animation Studios), Gary Rizzo (Skywalker Sound), Regina Scully (producer of "The Mask You Live In"), Ken Schneider and Marcia Jarmal (documentary producers of "Havana Curveball") and Rodolofo Madero (Director, "Landfill Harmonic").


Are there prizes awarded?

Yes! We roll out the red carpet, put on the glitz, and present awards to honor and showcase those students who participate in the Student Film Competition. There is one Grand Prize awarded, plus one prize to the top film in the elementary, middle and high school categories.  Winning filmmakers will receive awesome prizes, their films will be featured on both the Family Film Festival of the Napa Valley and Napa Valley Film Festival websites, AND their films will be screened at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival.


Are there Q&A's for screenings?

The Festival welcomes filmmakers & celebrities each year. When a filmmaker is present for a screening, they are introduced at the end of the program to speak a little about the making of their film & to take audience questions.  The Q&A period can last between 5 and 20 minutes.


Do you have workshops? 

YES! Interactive workshops comprise an important part of the Festival's mission to make media a participatory rather than a passive experience. During the film festival workshops provide children with an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of accomplished media professionals. Each year, the Festival offers workshops in a variety of media or film-related areas.


Are the films rated?  

Yes.  We include the rating, with details with each film when available.  We make special note of strong language and scary situations, based on the MPAA existing codes.  Our festival features films for children and young people ages 2 to adulthood.  Age range suggestions are offered as a general guideline only.