Each spring, the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) takes place in the wonderful wine country community of Sonoma, California. With the lovely pairing of the irresistible Mediterranean ambience with the finest in independent filmmaking, it’s no wonder why the SIFF has grown from being a local gathering of film buffs into one of the top destination festivals in the world. This year, the SIFF will be celebrating 20 years of film, food and wine.
More than 90 hand-selected films will be featured this year including documentaries, short films, independent features and world cinema. Films will be shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza –definitely not your usual drive-in movie theater. More than just being a pageant for cinema accompanied by world-class food and wine, the festival is a platform for supporting filmmakers, promoting independent films and inspiring film enthusiasts. It is the humble morale of the festival which traditionally has always been low-key, that allows dialogue between industry leaders and aspiring filmmakers to flourish –the SIFF’s true star attraction.
The 5-day event will offer exquisite food from local artisans and the best wine from Sonoma vintners. Since its conception two decades ago, industry leaders, renowned filmmakers and Hollywood stars such as Susan Sarandon, Bruce Willis, Danny Glover, John Lasseter, Mary-Louise Parker, Demián Bichir, Meg Ryan, Michael Keaton and the late Robin Williams have all graced the festival red carpet and the gala celebration.
The complete line-up of participants has yet to be released, but sneak preview screenings have taken place for films such as A United Kingdom (starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo) – a true story of the forbidden love between King Seretse Khama of Botswana and Ruth Williams, an English office clerk and Project Censored: The Movie which explores the topic of media censorship as two fathers from California expose relevant stories that the corporate media fails to report or underreport. Without a doubt, the bar has been raised high for this year’s wine country film festival.
Cinema Passes, which provide access to all films, panels and the Backlot Tent during daytime hours, as well as Soiree Passes which guarantee priority access to all films, Backlot Tent, the VIP area, opening and closing receptions, regular events and parties are now available for sale.