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Sonoma International Film Festival


Sonoma International Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival is celebrating its 21st successful year March 21-25,2018.  This film festival is considerd one of the nation's top ten destination film festivals.  All seven screning venues are withinh walking distance of the historic Sonoa Plaza.  This is one of the most filmmaker-friendly festivals where accommdations are provided thoughout your festival expderience and industry networking leads to distribution.  Enjoy a remarkable five day, stimulating festival in the midst of Sonoma wine country.  We do celebrate the very best in film, food & wine!

Set amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Sonoma Valley wine country, the Annual Sonoma International Film Festival welcomes filmakers and film lovers in April every year to a sun-drenched, luxurious extended weekend, pairing great food, fine wine and more than 64 new independent films from around the world. Film presentations at a variety of venues including the historic Sebastiani Theater on the Sonoma Town Plaza will include: world cinema, feature length narratives, documentaries, shorts and a student film program.


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Sonoma International FilmFestival Calling

Sonoma International FilmFestival will run March 21 – 25, 2018 October 2, 2017 Earlybird Deadline I December 15, 2017 Regular Deadline I January 2, 2018 Late Deadline I January 29, 2018 Extended Deadline I Submissions for 2018 Sonoma International FilmFestival (March 21-25, 2018) open on August 1, 2017. Acceptances will be sent out by email in early February, 2018.  Please do not contact office before that date. Thank you to all of our filmmakers for su...

Interview with Michael Repsch, SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures @ 19th SIFF

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) held its 19th edition this past week (March 30-April 3). Presented by the Sonoma Valley Film Society, the annual festival celebrates the best in interantioanl indie film and local gastronomy. This year, over 100 films were screened and almost 200 filmmakers were hosted. Traditionally, SIFF holds a prestigious competition for shorts and feature films judged by jury members consisting of select industry professionals; one of this year's jury ...

Sonoma International Film Festival Announces Winners of 2016 Film Jury Awards

The Great and The Small (2016)   Industry veterans of the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival select this year’s festival film favorites Sonoma, CA (April 2, 2016) – The Film Jury Award winners of the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival were announced tonight, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the Sebastiani Theatre. “The program this year is the most diverse and competitive it’s ever been, including all the wonderful submissions,” said P...

Sonoma International Film Festival Celebrates 19th Edition

Sonoma, CA – The Sonoma International Film Festival celebrating the best in film, food, wine and spirits holds its 19th edition. The five day program took place Wednesday, March 30 to Sunday, April 3. Considered one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, SIFF presents over 100 films shown at 6 venues, all within walking distance from Sonoma’s historic plaza -- dubbed SIFF VILLAGE -- in the heart of California Wine Country and hosted nearly 200 filmmakers from around ...

SIFF Honors Meg Ryan With SONOMA SALUTE AWARD

The Sonoma International Film Festival celebrating the best in film, food, wine and spirits program took place Wednesday, March 30 to Sunday, April 3. Considered one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, SIFF presents over 100 films shown at 6 venues, all within walking distance from Sonoma’s historic plaza -- dubbed SIFF VILLAGE -- in the heart of California Wine Country and will host nearly 200 filmmakers from around the world. “Every year we set out to bring uni...

Sonoma International Film Festival Highlights Local Food, Wine, and Spirits

  Sonoma and Bay Area favorites provide prime eats and drinks at five-day film extravaganza   Sonoma, CA - The 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival is a prime destination for film aficionados not only for its commitment to daring, diverse storytelling and innovative, independent film, but also for its advantageous location in California’s Wine Country, long renowned for its culinary excellence and exceptional wines. The five-day film fest, held from March 30...

Call For Entry for the 19th annual Sonoma International Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is presented by the Sonoma Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a welcoming, entertaining and inspiring cinematic experience that supports and promotes independent films, celebrates the cultural diversity in the Sonoma Valley through film, and funds visual arts in education. http://www.sonomafilmfest.org 5 days, 100+ Films, 1 Unforgettable, Magical Environment ~ Sonoma!  "2015" - 200 Filmmakers - 14 count...

SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

  SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED   Sonoma, CA (April 6, 2014) - The Sonoma International Film Festival’s 17th edition came to a rousing close Sunday night following five spectacular days that featured capacity audiences for a wide variety of films from around the world, infused with gourmet food and phenomenal wine, serving up a bountiful cinematic feast.   “This has been an extraordinary year,” said SIFF Executive Director Kevin M...

BREAKING GLASS PICTURES TO RELEASE XAVIER DOLAN’S 'LAURENCE ANYWAYS' (2012)

-OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE- XAVIER DOLAN’S LAURENCE ANYWAYS TO OPEN IN THEATERS THIS SUMMER. BREAKING GLASS PICTURES TO RELEASE DOLAN’S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED FILM. EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY GUS VAN SANT. “A towering achievement.”—Huffington Post “Astonishing.”—Variety Acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s feature film Laurence Anyways will be released by Breaking Glass Pictures in U.S. theaters June 28 with a theatrical run throughout J...

'Terms and Conditions May Apply' (2013). 'HAPPENING NOW!'

  ‘Terms and Conditions May Apply’ (2013) is an acutely relevant documentary that anyone who uses any communication tool whatsoever-internet, computer, tablet, phone, etc.- must see. It is an accurate nail-biting suspense of a very real situation all of us buy into and sign up for every day, and yet neglect to really think about. Director Cullen Hoback’s thesis in ‘Terms and Conditions’ is a vital piece of journalism reminding us of the essence of freedom th...

'The Iceman' (2012). Interview with director Ariel Vromen.

‘The Iceman’ (2012) is based on the true story of Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, a veritable sociopath who led parallel lives- a brutal contract killer and a devoted family man- until his arrest in 1986. Richard was an American hitman who joined the mafia as a contract killer for the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey and the Five Families in New York. Directed by Ariel Vromen, the film stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schw...

'FAVOR' (2013). Interview with director Paul Osborne.

Director Paul Osborne’s film ‘Favor’ (2013) is a dark dramatic satire about two best friends who help each other with a series of favors. ‘Kip’ (Blayne Weaver) lives a seemingly perfect male chauvinist life with a well-paying ‘suit’ job, a hot stay-at-home wife and a sexy mistress on the side. One day, tragedy hits the calm in Kip's life, sending everything into a domino-effect series of chaotic events until it all seems anything but perfect. Enter...

'Battle for the Elephants' (2013) at 16th Sonoma International Film Festival

"Battle for the Elephants" (2013) by director John Heminway screened recently at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival. In this stunning and emotionally harrowing film that gives a voice to the endangered elephant, we follow journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and China as they attempt to penetrate into the psychology of the Chinese and their reasoning behind the ongoing slaughter of these majestic animals for their ivory tusks, even at ...

‘Lost for Words’ (2013) at 16th Sonoma Film Festival. Interview with director Stanley J. Orzel.

Directed by Stanley J. Orzel (‘4 Assassins', 2012), ‘Lost for Words’ (2013) is a lyrical love story between an American ex-Marine ‘Michael’ (Sean Faris) and a Chinese ballerina ‘Anna’ (Grace Huang) amidst the varying and vast backdrop of Hong Kong. ‘Lost for Words’ held its world premier in March at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival and its U.S. premier in April at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival. I interviewed...

Film & Wine from Sonoma, CA to the Atipodes.

FILM & Wine from Sonoma, CA to the Atipodes.   When it comes to film festivals there are now thousands today, as if it is the goal of every city or town in the world to have one in order to slap a cultural stamp on its identity. While almost every city in the world now boasts its own film festival (and some cities have multiple) few cater to both cinema and wine together. Let’s face it, the worlds of film and wine are not that different- both require passion and art, a lot of ...

‘Unforgettable Fire: The Story of a U2 Tribute Band’ (2012). Interview with director Michelle Regina

  Everyone has heard of the beloved Irish band ‘U2’, but few have heard about their most devoted cover band. ‘Unforgettable Fire’ is one of the longest running U2 tribute bands in the world, having performed for over 18 years. The new documentary film ‘Unforgettable Fire: The Story of a U2 Tribute Band’ (2012) delves into the lives of these passionate U2 devotees. Directed by Michelle Regina, the film explores the multi-faceted lives of the band member...

"La Clef des Terroirs" ("Wine: The Green Revolution") on DVD. Interview with director Gauillaume Bodin.

During the 16th Annual Sonoma Film Festival (April 10-14, 2013)- where fine films and wines are observed in unison- a story that encapsulates both novelties in one is something to celebrate. For this reason, French winemaker Gauillaume Bodin’s film ‘La Clef des Terroirs’ (2011) should be mentioned as this month it will be released on DVD in France and America. The film held its international premier at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Relevant to the situat...

'A Year in Burgundy' at 16th Sonoma International Film Festival

"Oh, some are fond of Spanish wine, and some are fond of French." John Masefield (1878-1967), Captain Stratton's Fancy. “Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.” Medieval German saying.   A film festival in wine country Sonoma would not be complete without films about wine. ‘A Year in Burgundy’ (2012) continues its festival circuit at the 16th edition of the ...

'Tu Seras Mon Fils' ('You Will Be My Son', 2011) at 16th Sonoma Film Festival

‘As the best wine doth make the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turneth to the deadliest hate’. -John Lilly (1553-1606)   One of the best (and most fitting) films to screen at the 16th annual Sonoma Film Festival was the French wine-drama ‘Tu Seras Mon Fils’ (‘You Will Be My Son’, 2011). The film is a drama of Shakespearean proportions with nail-biting twists and turns creating as much tension and unpredictability as a vineyard’s year. Di...

**STAY TUNED for film reviews, wine news and filmmaker interviews COMING SOON!**

**STAY TUNED for a plethora of news this coming week from the 16th annual Sonoma Film Festival. Film reviews, wine news and filmmaker interviews... all COMING UP!** ...

16th SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (APRIL 10-14) WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

-SONOMA OFFICIAL PRESS- SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Sonoma, CA (April 14, 2013) - The Sonoma International Film Festival truly came of age as their 16th edition came to a close Sunday night following five spectacular days that featured a wide variety of films from around the world, infused with gourmet food and phenomenal wine, serving up a bountiful cinematic feast. “This has been an extraordinary year,” said SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely. &ldq...

'The Iceman' (2012) to open the 16th Sonoma Film Festival (SIFF).

  The Sonoma International Film Festival (April 10-14) will open its 16th edition with ‘The Iceman’, directed by Ariel Vromen and starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco. ‘The Iceman’ (2012) is based on the true story of Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, a paradoxical character who led parallel lives- contract killer and family man- until his arrest in 1986. Richard was an American hitman who joined th...

Iceland's real-life 'Perfect Storm': 'THE DEEP' (2012).

Iceland’s official Oscar entry for 2012 ‘The Deep’ (Djúpið
Iceland, 2012), directed by native Icelander Baltasar Kormákur (‘Contraband’, 2012; 'Two Guns', 2013), tells the true story of a seemingly impossible survival after a terrible sea squall off the coast of Iceland. In 1984, a fishing boat named ‘Breki’ took to sea and was completely destroyed during a disastrous storm. All souls on deck perished, save one- ‘Gulli...

16th Sonoma Film Festival Film Lineup!

-Official Sonoma Press- 16th Sonoma Film Fest Lineup OPENING NIGHT FILM The Iceman, USA Directed by Ariel Vromen Notoriously unrepentant Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski was arrested in 1986 for murdering over 100 men in the course of three decades (although he may have killed twice that number). Appearing to be living the American dream with their devoted husband and father, Kuklinski's wife and daughters were apparently oblivious to his real profession. Directed by Israeli-born Ariel Vr...

16th Annual Sonoma Film Festival Film Highlights

    -Official Sonoma Film Festival Press- 16th Annual Sonoma Film Festival Film Highlights: A range of epicurean films includes Lo Zucco: The Wine of the Son of the King of the French, a U.S. Premiere from Italy about the Duke of Aumale who, exiled from France, settled in Sicily where he applied the agricultural precepts of Virgil; A Year in Burgundy, a look at a full wine-making year in the Burgundy region of France in 2011; and Spinning Plates, recent Audience Choice Award winner...
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