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4th Annual Napa Valley Film Fest Gets Animated

Running November 12-16, 4th annual NVFF to include master classes with indie animation king Bill Plympton and Pixar animator and story-teller James Murphy.

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), November 12-16, has selected approximately 120 films for this year's film festival including some great animations with works ranging from famed indie artist Bill Plympton to Pixar animator and story-teller James Murphy.

On Saturday, November 15, NVFF is presenting “The Tunes Behind the Toons,” a 28-minute program with a veritable who’s who of award-winning composers (among them Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Richard Sherman) and other experts who will share their insights into the role of music in animation. The program spans from the early work of Walt Disney and Carl Stalling right up to today’s CGI wonders.

Also taking place on Saturday, November 15 is “LAVA: Master Class with Jim Murphy.” Presented by the Napa Valley Film Festival in partnership with Pixar Animation Studios, the one-hour interactive program will include a sneak peek of Murphy’s new short film, Lava. Murphy will also share his creative process behind animated cinematic storytelling.

Plympton’s latest hand-drawn animated feature, Cheatin’ will be screened at the festival, accompanied by an in-depth master class led by Plympton on Saturday, November 15 as part of the NVFF Film Industry Panel Series.

Finally, presented by Amazon Web Services and Intel, NVFF organizers have rounded up an 82-minute program of animated shorts that will be screened throughout the festival, featuring unique tales in different styles that are all engaging, thought-provoking, and fun. Films include The Box, Collectors, The Duck, Humanexus, John Doe, The Missing Scarf, Prelude, Sticky, The Umbrella Factory and Silent.

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Source: Napa Valley Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.