Legendary Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola Announces Two Dynamic Partners, with Sundance Institute and
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Winery to Serve as Sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival®
and Three-Year Partner of the 2017-2019 Oscars®
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (January 17, 2017) – Francis Ford Coppola Winery kicks off 2017 in a big way with the announcement of two bold new film partners -- Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be the sole still wine brand poured at the Academy Awards® and Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration, for the next three years. Additionally, the winery is the exclusive wine sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Inspired by the illustrious film career of the brand’s Academy Award®-winning namesake, Francis Ford Coppola Winery will serve as the go-to wine brand for film buffs everywhere.
“Filmmaking and winemaking are certainly two great passions of mine” says Francis Ford Coppola. “By partnering with Sundance Institute and the Academy, I am now able to blend the two together in a big way.”
As part of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival sponsorship, the winery will host premiere parties during the ten-day Festival in Park City, Utah from January 19-29. Select Coppola activations include: Drink in the Moment & The Big Picture, which captures the spirit of Coppola’s passion for both film and wine by offering two unique experiences for Festival-goers. Drink in the Moment, a whimsical visual experience via a projected Fast Action Animated Motion Short featured at Miner’s Park Plaza, will run during key moments of the Festival. The Big Picture, will commission a popular artist to create a custom, oversized wine cork mural that will build through the duration of the event in the Festival Co-op and offer consumers an opportunity to contribute to the artistic masterpiece. Festival buffs not in attendance may join in the virtual fun by following @CoppolaWine on the winery’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and by following the hashtag #CoppolaWine.
As awards season continues into February, Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be seen again at the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony and Governors Ball on February 26. Coppola and winemaker Corey Beck designed custom wine blends and commemorative labels for the special occasion, which will be poured exclusively for the Oscars nominees and event guests.
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