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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.


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...

Cheers to SIFF Sponsors and Partners - the Key to the Success of SIFF22!

Cheers to Sponsors and Partners - the Key to the Success of SIFF22!   It’s wine country! Without this support, SIFF couldn’t continue to bring diverse and captivating films, incredible food and wine, and exciting and fun experiences to their festival audience!   SIFF was thrilled to welcome their new spirits partner and the team behind such legendary brands as Johnnie Walk...

Interview with Actress/Director Karen Allen

Actress Karen Allen has been acting for over 35 years in commercial film and theater. With some of her most renown characters being Katy from 'Animal House' (1978), Marion Ravenwood from 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' (1981) and 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008), Jenny Hayden from 'Starman' (1984) and Claire Phillips from 'Scrooged' (1988), she has played hundreds of roles in film, TV and theater. An award winning actress a...

Interview with Writer/Director David Eng for "Grand Cru" (2017)

Driector David Eng Director/Writer David Eng's documentary feature “Grand Cru” (2017) has been sending ripples through the international film festival world for wine lover cinephiles. It tells the story of renown Montreal native poet/wine-maker Pascal Marchand who immigrated to Burgundy, France at the age of 21 and has lived there for three decades. There, he found a magical place where he could synergize making wine a poetry and writing poetry of wine. After ov...

Interview with Filmmaker Ben Zolno for "Status Pending" (2018)

Director/writer Ben Zolno's breakthrough film 'Status Pending' (2018) is a roller coaster love story between American, Ryan, and Kiwi, Lizzie, living in New Zealand. They met on Tinder and exist posting their personal lives on social media, as most millenials do. At first, their hook up is a lot of fun, until it's time to either move forward or move on. Starring Ben Zolno and actress Ivana Palezevic, the film is currently traveling international film festivals, inc...

Interview with Filmmakers Christopher Knoblock and Dana White for "In the Orchard" (2018)

Director Christopher Knoblock's breakthrough first feature is an honest heartrending tale about survival in the midst of life's many physical and psychological battles. Charlotte Winston (played by Dana White) loses her husband and child in a tragic car accident. She is left to take care of the many acres of their California orchard alone. The loss is so great it seems she will not survive; until she meets Marine veteran Nick (Jonas Ball) hiding out in her shed. Nick has PTSD and sh...

Interview with Filmmaker Jeff Witzeman for “Cancer Can Be Killed” (2018)

   Jeff Witzeman   Filmmaker Jeff Witzeman's “Cancer Can Be Killed” is a groundbreaking labor of love documentary sending ripples of controversy and debate through the oncology world. The film tells the story of Jeff's wife Kerry Witzeman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead of undergoing surgery and chemo therapy, as her traditional American doctors had suggested, she opted for an alternative medicine treatment in Germany. Kerry and Je...

Interview with Writer/Director Michael Gallagher for “Funny Story” (2018)

  Writer/Director Michael Gallagher's recent feature “Funny Story” (2018) is a road trip dramedy about “good people who do bad things,” set in the lush forest backdrop of Big Sur, Californa. In this “Sideways” reminiscent tale that demands its viewers to laugh and cry simultaneously, womanizer father Walter (Matthew Glave) travels to a weekend retreat to visit his estranged daughter Nic (Jana Winternitz) in hopes of mending hi...

21st Anniversary of Sonoma International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards

SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS   21st Anniversary Festival Wraps Up   The Film Jury Award winners of the 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival were announced Saturday evening at the Awards Party in The Backlot.   Best American Independent Feature: IN THE ORCHARD (dir. Christopher Knoblock)   Best World Feature: SALYUT -7 (dir. Klim Shipenko))   Best Documentary Feature: THE NEED TO GROW (dir. ...

Interview with Director Andrew Peat on "SCOTCH: A Golden Dream" (2018)

  Director Andrew Peat American director Andrew Peat's debut documentary 'SCOTCH – A Golden Dream' (2017)' follows some of the most important personalities in the world of Scottish whiskey (aka “Uisge beatha,” Gaelic for “water of life”) as they tell the story of the world of Scotch, past present and future; some of the scotch industry legends featured are Richard Paterson, Jim McEwan and Glasstorm, whose bottles hold rare wh...

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 Pro...

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 ...


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. 5 days, 100+ Films, 1 Unforgettable, Magical Environment ~ Sonoma!  "2015" - 200 Filmmakers - 14 count...


  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...


-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...


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