Sonoma International Film Festival

Category - Special Events,Films
Posted - 07/12/2014 03:27am
Upcoming Film Events for Summer 2014

Thursday, July 24


A Long Way Down

Chateau St. Jean Winery, 6:30 PM
Live music by John Burdick, Food by Nellie's Oysters and Wine Tasting
Tickets: $20 lawn seating / $35 reserved seat at picnic table & benches
(all tickets include live music, wine tasting and film)

At dusk, settle back to enjoy the entertaining film A Long Way Down starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogene Poots, Aaron Paul and Sam Neill.

In this comedy/drama, four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.   When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper's Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

Thursday, August 7

Do not miss the chance to see the upcoming film, A Hundred Foot Journey - does not open until Aug. 8 but you have the chance to see it first with us at the Sebastiani Theatre.
This film stars Helen Mirren, Ronhan Chand & Charlotte Le Bon; directed by Lasse
Öm; produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey.

The Hundred Foot Journey centers on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory.  This film already has Oscar buzz.


We are partnering with Sondra Bernstein and she has arranged for us to have the patio of the girl & the fig for our private use for dinner that evening prior to the film screening.  Dinner includes aperitif, 2 glasses of wine, 2 course dinner plus desert, water, coffee and tip.(non-alcoholic beverages also provided for those not drinking).
Tickets for dinner & show: $100  


Category - e_Blast,Special Event,Films,2014
Posted - 03/06/2014 07:13pm
Born in Chicago, Special Film & Event, Friday April 4th
Friday, April 4
Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall - 126 First St. West, Sonoma, CA
Doors Open 7:30 PM    Film at 8 PM    Concert at 10 PM

In 1960, a group of white teenage Chicago musicians traveled to the City's southside music clubs to learn the blues from the original masters.  This is their true story.

Live Blues show immediately following film with Barry Goldberg, Rick Reed of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Harvey Mandel, Gary Malabar of The Steve Miller Band, Nick Gravenites, and other special guests from the film
They will rock you with their blues.

Tickets: $55 Film & Concert
$100 - Film Reserved Seat; Concert; Meet & Greet with Band after Concert


 17th Annual Film Festival Stats:
115 Films
62 Full Length Features
10 Vamos al Cine Films
4 - 5 Shorts Programs
plus ....
1 "Out of The Earth" UFO Program
200 Filmmakers expected

Belle 2
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.


♦ Dom Hemingway
♦ Life Is A Breeze

♦ Tasting Menu

♦ Beside Still Waters

♦ Volcano

♦ Louis Cyr

♦ Fourth Noble Truth

♦ Gore Vidal

♦ City Slacker

Also expect a solid slate of LGBT films along with environmental/sustainable film subjects

Check our web site for all updates
Or call SIFF office (707.933.2560) to order
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Category - Special
Posted - 02/12/2014 05:51pm
You Gotta Have Heart! Happy Valentines Day!

valentines-heartHappy Valentine's Day 

In less than 60 days The Sonoma International Film Festival will have its opening night on Wed., April 2.
If you act now before price goes up on Feb. 15 for Cinema Passes, you can give the gift of film, food and wine in one neatly wrapped package.   Five days of films and events at the low price of $147.

And there is more: Our friends at California Delicious are offering you  a 15% discount on any of their products; come to the Weill Center at The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University for the Kitaro concert on Valentine's Day.  See order information below for both.

Films that you can see at this year's Festival (many more will be announced)
♦ Born in Chicago - See Trailer
♦ Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia - See Trailer
♦ The Human Experiment - See Trailer
Louis Cyr -  
See Trailer
Man Up & Go -  See Trailer
♦ Money For Nothing - Inside The Federal Reserve - See Trailer
♦The Organic Life
♦ Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on The Gay Rodeo
- See Trailer
♦ Satellite Beach
♦ The Starfish Throwers -
See Trailer
♦ Taking My Parents to Burning  Man
    - See Trailer
♦ Butterfly's Dream - See Trailer
♦ City Slacker - See Trailer
♦ Commencement - See Trailer
♦ The Fourth Noble Truth - See Trailer
♦ Siddharth
- See Trailer


In affiliation with Everybody Is A Star Foundation, celebrate Valentine's Day at Weill Hall at The Green Music Center.  This evening will be the debut of Grammy and Golden Globe winner, Kitaro, with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Tickets: $40 - $250
Visit or phone 707.546.8742
Evening benefits Everybody Is A Star Foundation, The Sonoma Land Trust, & educational programs of Santa Rosa Symphony.



 Cinema Pass - $147*
*price increases to $175 on Feb. 15

Includes films and panels

Cinema Soirée Pass $450
 Limited Number Available
Includes First Entry to Films, VIP Hospitality Area, Tribute, most parties & receptions, & First Look
Patron Pass - $2,500
Early Entry / Reserved Seating for all films & panels, VIP Hospitality Area, all parties,  VIP dinners & Tribute
 Our sponsor friends at California Delicious have generously offered you a 15% discount on all of their baskets and products in celebration of Valentine's Day. Who likes sweet treats? ... everyone !

Use Code SIFF2014 at checkout


Or call SIFF office (707.933.2600) to order
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Category - Special Event
Posted - 12/10/2012 10:00am
Benziger Cave Dinner

Thursday December 13th, 2012

The Sonoma Film Society invites members and guests to welcome the holidays with an exclusive Holiday Cave Dinner on Thursday, December 13th at 6pm.


The evening will begin with an intimate cocktail reception at Oak Terrace Barn, accompanied with a performance by world renowned VOENA Choir which has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall (NYC), 2012 London Summer Olympics and most recently at the San Francisco 49ers half-time show. Swedish Lucia Maidens will escort dinner guests to the luxurious Benziger Cave where an intimate dinner by Elaine Bell Catering will be served in a magical candlelit environment. Each course will be paired with Benziger wines.

Tickets $175 per person

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Producer Film Society members enjoy free tickets to event; other levels of membership enjoy discounted tickets.  Members use your promo code to receive savings when purchasing.

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