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Sonoma International Film Festival


 

The Sonoma International 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 Sonoma 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 100 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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Interview with Italian Director Gabriele Fabbro on Début Feature Film "The Grand Bolero" @ 2022 SIFF Summer Fest

  Italian director Gabriele Fabbro’s début fictional feature film "The Grand Bolero" (2021) premiered at the 2021 Austin Film Festival and most recently at the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Summer Fest. Gabriele was born in 1996 in Milan, Italy. He's a film director with a BFA degree in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. Since 2011, he has written, directed and produced over thirty productions including features, short films, music videos and...

SIFF casts Ginny Krieger in Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Executive Director role

  Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) has named longtime SIFF Co-Director Ginny Krieger its new Executive Director.   “I am extremely happy and honored to step into the Executive Director’s role at Sonoma International Film Festival,” said Krieger. “With the continued support of our Board and capable staff, we will continue to bring world-class festival events to Sonoma." Krieger began her career with SIFF as a Board of Directo...

Film Festival Veteran Carl Spence Named Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Artistic Director

  Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) has tapped Carl Spence as its new Artistic Director, assuming the role from Kevin W. McNeely, who will transition to Director Emeritus.   “The enthusiasm and passion of Kevin McNeely and Co-Director Ginny Krieger, along with the entire festival team, was infectious and reminded me of the early days of my festival film career,” said Spence. “I look forward to joining the team and continuing the traditi...

SIFF Summerfest Back By Popular Demand August 4-6 W/ Film Premieres, Live Music, Culinary Event Slated

                                                                                           FILM FESTIVAL VETERAN CARL SPENCE NAMED SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ARTISTIC DIRECTOR   Sonoma, CA July 26, 2022—SIFF SUMMERFEST, S...

Interview with Barcelona Based Director Ethan David Alesch for animation short "In A Leaf" (2022)

  By Vanessa McMahon Ethan David Alesch is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and production media designer. Before becoming a filmmaker, he dedicated twenty-five years to designing animation, art, theater, and 3D visualizations. His short animation film, “In a Leaf” (2022) held its European premiere at CineGlobe in Geneva, Switzerland and has been recognized by several other international film festivals, including the 25th annual Sonoma International Film Festival at the ...

Interview with Montreal Producer Julie Bradet about Latest Feature "The Cheaters" (2022)

  Montreal native Julie Bradet is an anthropologist (PhD), film producer and co-founder of the cinema production company Les Films Primatice (www.primaticefilms.com) with co-founder and CEO Louis Godbout. After the production of her 2nd feature film, "The Cheaters" (2022), she and Louis have been winning awards and making international film festival rounds. They attended the 25th annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) in late March where their film received ra...

Interview With Actor, Producer, Writer Michael Tennant on Debut Film "Pretty Problems" (2022)

Actor, Producer, Writer Michael Tennant has been traveling the international film festival circuit since the SXSW 2022 Film Festival world premiere of his award-winning debut feature film “Pretty Problems” (2022). Directed by Kestrin Pantera and produced by Katya Alexander, Tennant wrote, starred in and co-produced the film; it was the recipient of the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films. It then went on to win the Grand Jury prize...

Interview with Program Director Steve Shor and Artistic Director Kevin McNeely of Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

 Steve Shor (left) and Kevin McNeely (right)    As a devoted attendee over the last decade to Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), and after two years of it going strictly digital due to the global Covid pandemic, the festival held an in person edition this year for its 25th anniversary. It was a smashing success! After attending its 25th Annual edition, I sat with program director Steve Shor and artistic Director Kevin McNeely. In our interview together, here is wha...

Interview with Brazilian Filmmaker Eduardo Maia at 25th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

  Brazilian born Engineer and filmmaker Eduardo Maia recently co-wrote and edited short film “Living Colors”, directed and co-written by Melanie Robertson about Sally Fox who grows pesticide-free, dye-free colored cotton for over four decades. Eduardo is a Brazilian-born filmmaker and film student of City College of San Francisco with a passion for creating films that resonate with universal conversations happening on a global scale. He is planning to attend the MFA progra...

Sonoma International Film Festival continues online

  Starting April 23 for one week, you can watch some of the best and most popular films from our live festival anytime you want. 25+ features, documentaries and short films are showcased in our virtual catalog. Get a pass for only $50 or watch individually for only $12 per screening. The SIFF Virtual Festival is complimentary to all existing 2022 Silver Patron, Soiree and Cinema passholders   ...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

It's A Wrap! Sonoma International Film Festival 25th Anniversary Celebrates the Best in Film, Food, Wine & Fun

  SIFF AWARDS FILM AND SPECIAL EVENTS WINNERS  AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Female Filmmakers Take Top Jury Awards in Feature Film Categories Karen Allen, Jacqueline Bisset, Jacques Pépin, Aaron and Adam Nee,  Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jean Schulz, Joanne Weir,  Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Bill Dodd in Attendance Sonoma, CA March 29, 2022—Centered on its slogan—the best in films, food, wine and fun&mdash...

Sonoma International Film Festival Announces Full Film Slate & Special Events for 25th Anniversary Festival March 23-27

FESTIVAL SLATE AND SPECIAL EVENTS  ANNOUNCED FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27 Special Guests Karen Allen, Jacqueline Bisset,  Jacques Pépin, Aaron and Adam Nee, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Joanne Weir And More Than Fifty Filmmakers Converge on Sonoma for Festival Sonoma, CA — A festival 25 years in the making, Sonoma International Film Festival celebrates this milestone with a slate of more than 120 independent, international films s...

SIFF Flying High with Official Domestic Airline AVELO AIRLINES

AVELO AIRLINES NAMED OFFICIAL DOMESTIC AIRLINE SPONSOR FOR SIFF’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA—Sonoma International Film Festival has partnered with air carrier Avelo Airlines for its 25th anniversary film festival March 23-27, 2022. Named Official Domestic Airline and Premiere Sponsor, Avelo Airlines will be integral in providing air transportation for attending filmmakers and talent scheduled to appear at the 25th edition festival. “...

Film & Stage Actor/Director Karen Allen Scheduled to Speak at Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), March 23-27, 2022

FIILM AND STAGE ACTOR/DIRECTOR KAREN ALLEN SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM SCREENING AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA— Film and stage star Karen Allen will be a special industry guest at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival. While in town for the festival, she will speak at the first of two screenings with Sonoma Valley High School filmmaking students at this year’s Media Arts Program Student Sh...

Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Announces Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch March 25, 2022

SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES JOANNE WEIR’S PLATES & PLACES LUNCH MARCH 25 Noted Chef, Television Host, Author, and Culinary Tour Leader Headlines New Epicurean Lunch at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Festival March 23-27, 2022   Sonoma, CA— Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun, is including a new culinary headliner event to this year’s festival. Joanne Weir, the James Bea...

Sonoma International Film Festival To Honor Chef Jacques Pépin During Milestone 25th Edition March 23-27, 2022

                                                             SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE 2022 SIFF CULINARY EXCELLENCE AWARD   Sonoma, CA—Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun during its annual festival, w...

Virtual Sonoma International Film Festival: March 24-28 100+ Films, 40+ Countries, 20+ Premieres

  SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL FILMS, DRIVE-INS AND SPECIAL EVE NTS: M ARCH 24-28, 2021 100+ Films | 40+ Countries | 20+ Premieres | 3 Drive-Ins Online Cooking Demonstrations | Virtual Wine Tastings | Filmmaker Q&As Scheduled Dame Judi Dench and Robert De Niro Films Mark Open and Closing Nights The Sonoma International Film Festival opens its online screening platform to the public for preview today to a slate of more than 100 of the best in new in...

23rd Annual Sonoma Film Festival (SIFF), Presented by United Mileage Plus Cards, Postpones Due to Coronavirus

  23RD ANNUAL SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) PRESENTED BY  UNITED MILEAGEPLUS® CARDS FROM CHASE POSTPONES DUE TO CORONAVIRIS   SONOMA, CA - The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), offering the best in independent cinema from around the world, is postponing its 23rd edition of the festival due to the coronavirus. The festival was due to take place from March 25 – 29, 2020 in Sonoma, Northern California, the prestigious, world-renowned wine gro...

Interview with Director Noah Wagner for 'Watch Room' (2019)

    NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate NOAH WAGNER is an award-winning director, writer and filmmaker who has appeared on HBO, NBC, BBC, VIMEO STAFF PICKS and THE NEW YORKER. His films have screened at festivals worldwide, including the Oscar-Qualifying Cleveland Int’l FF, Nantucket FF, and Sonoma Int’l FF, where his latest short – AI thriller, 'Watch Room' (2019) - won the Jury Award for Best Dramatic Short. Starring Mamoudou...

Interview with Director Douglass Stewart jr. for Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future (2019)

Known for his work in TV with the Academy Awards, the Emmys and The Screen Actors Guild Awards, editor and producer Douglass M. Stewart Jr. takes the director's chair in his breakthrough documentary feature: 'Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future' (2018), which tells the story of the eponymous unsung architect and painter who has influenced and inspired for generations, yet whose name remains virtually unknown. In architecture, Chesley is known for having worked on the G...

Interview with Director Don Millar for BOTERO (2018) @ SIFF

Producer, director, writer Don Millar's debut feature documentary BOTERO (2018) portrays the life of beloved and iconic artist Fernando Botero. The 86 year-old Colombian native painter and sculptor was born in Medellin in 1932. A poetic ode to the modern master, the film features interviews across ten cities in China, Europe, North America and Latin America, following Botero and his family, revealing the legacy he has created from his youth to life today as he continues to paint and ...

Interview with “The Pollinators” (2019) Director Peter Nelson @ SIFF

  The documentary feature “The Pollinators” (2019) by filmmaker/cinematographer and bee-keeper Peter Nelson is a cautionary tale about the current international bee crises. Today, bees face a serious threat to becoming endangered, which would prove a hazard to human food supply; almost all fruits, nuts and vegetables would not exist without bees. For example, on just one crop in California, each year more than 31 billion honey bees pollinate more than 90 million almond tr...

22nd Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Awards

 The 2019 Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off 22 years of film, food, wine, and spirits with the announcement that it was named the #8 film festival in the country, and the only California festival, in a USA TODAY readers poll released on March 22. SIFF showcased 123 films from 24 countries from Wednesday, March 27 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 at intimate venues, all walkable from Sonoma Plaza.   “In many ways, it was the best film festival ever,” said F...

SIR directed by Rohena Gera closed 22nd SIFF

  The 2019 Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF Wednesday, March 27 – Sunday, March 31) celebrated 22 years of film, food, wine, and spirits Wednesday, March 27 to Sunday, March 31, 2019. All films were shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma's historic plaza. In total, 123 films from around the world, from over 28 countries and 200 filmmakers, were showcased as all eyes turn to Sonoma for a Festival that consistently attracts the most promine...

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