Thursday, July 8, 2010

Francis Ford Coppola Winery is lead sponsor of 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

The New Hampshire Film Festival is extremely pleased to announce Francis Ford Coppola Winery is the lead sponsor for the 2010 independent film festival Oct. 14 – 17 when NHFF will celebrate its 10th anniversary in downtown Portsmouth.

This major sponsorship from the winery owned by Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather,” and “Apocalypse Now”) is significant validation for the independent, non-profit NH Film Festival, which started in 2001 as a local film expo. Francis Ford Coppola Winery branding will be featured on all 2010 NHFF marketing materials and Coppola wines will be featured at events throughout the festival.

“Francis Ford Coppola Winery is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2010 New Hampshire Film Festival,” said Francis Ford Coppola Winery General Manager and Director of Winemaking Corey Beck. “This is an exciting combination of award-winning wines and award-winning films.”

In addition, NHFF will partner with Francis Ford Coppola Winery and the NH State Liquor Commission to offer a promotional contest through Aug. 1. The contest features a pair of NHFF VIP passes and hotel accommodations as grand prize as well as six pairs of NHFF weekend passes as second place prizes.

“We are honored to welcome Francis Ford Coppola Winery as our lead sponsor for our very special tenth anniversary,” said NHFF Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “This is a remarkable opportunity for NHFF to continue to bring the finest independent film to the Granite State and to New England. The support of Francis Ford Coppola Winery is invaluable.”

Gregg credited Van McLeod and Matthew Newton of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, and the NH State Liquor Commission for being instrumental in facilitating the Coppola partnership. Peter Emery, vice president and general manager of Southern Wines and Spirits of New England (a Francis Ford Coppola Winery distributor) said NHFF’s status as one of the top independent film festivals in New England made the winery sponsorship and promotional tie-in with the NH State Liquor Commission a tremendous opportunity.

“I think the growth of the New Hampshire Film Festival obviously warrants support of this type and we’re fortunate to be working with Francis Ford Coppola Winery to support the arts,” Emery said. “Because of the tie-in with the film industry, working with the NH State Liquor Commission as a medium to promote the event is a great fit.”

As part of its 10th anniversary festivities, NHFF will also launch a preferred restaurant program this year to highlight the portfolio of Coppola wines, as well as other potential beer and spirits sponsors. Interested sponsors of any NHFF activities should contact Nicole Gregg by email: Nicole@nhfilmfestival.com.

About Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Francis Ford Coppola puts it best, saying the winery is “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located at 300 Via Archimedes in Geyserville, CA accessed from US HWY 101 at the Independence Lane exit. Among the many unique attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, movie memorabilia, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. Francis Ford Coppola Winery opens at 11 a.m. daily. For more information, call (707) 857-1400, toll free (877) 590-3299 or visit www.FrancisCoppolaWinery.com.

Media Contacts: Nicole Gregg 603.647.6439 | Nicole@NHFilmFestival.com
Brian DeKoning 603.766.1902 | Brian@NHFilmFestival.com

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About NHFF | The New Hampshire Film Festival is a four-day cultural experience set in the fall foliage of picturesque Portsmouth, NH. One of the largest film fests in New England, NHFF draws celebrities, Academy-Award winners, film industry veterans and local film lovers. NHFF offers workshops and discussions for young and new filmmakers to interact with industry pros and to learn the art and business of film. Held the weekend after Columbus Day, NHFF drew an estimated 9,000 attendees and 80 films in 2009. Further information available online at www.nhfilmfestival.com. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 603.647.6439.