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Andres Rico and Mike Abela SVHS Media Arts graduates Andres Rico & Mike Abela's short film EN EL SALON DE LAS PROMESAS received an Honorable Mention at the 2011 festival.

Since 2002, the Sonoma International Film Festival and its members have continually supported the Media Arts Program at Sonoma Valley High School. This student program opens doorways to creativity in the digital arts through filmmaking classes, animation, scriptwriting, film theory, and – most of all – storytelling.

Each year, hundreds of students are introduced to the process of filmmaking, producing dozens of acclaimed student shorts, many of which can be seen at the "Student Works" showcase of films during the annual Sonoma International Film Festival.

Peter Hansen, Film Program Teacher and Youth Program Director, says, "I have former students graduating film school, traveling internationally, working on music videos, documentaries, and interning or working at studios like Pixar Animation Studio. Generous grants totaling over $300,000 have been given to these programs."

Watch Peter Hansen interviewed by Jack Hanson of Comcast Newsmakers on April 14, 2012, at the Sebastiani Theatre:


Read the SonomaPatch articles by Alexis Fitts
about Media Arts Program students:

  1. "Teenagers to Filmmakers:A Decade Later, Sonoma Grads are Back in the Screening Room"
  2. "Birthing the Next Generation of Filmmakers"

2013 Student Showcase

2012 Student Showcase Compilation:


View the entire Student Showcase screened at the 2012 Film Festival.

Watch three trailers promoting the 2012 Film Festival
made by Media Arts Program Students.


2011 Student Showcase Compilation:


View the entire Student Showcase screened at the 2011 Film Festival.

Watch four trailers promoting the 2011 Film Festival
made by Media Arts Program Students.


Peter Hansen by Alexis Fitts Media Arts Program teacher Peter Hansen.

Hector Flores and Danielle de laTorre Hector Flores and Danielle de laTorre with posters of their films.

Danielle de laTorre by Alexis Fitts Danielle de laTorre working on her dance documentary.

Students on computers Students make use of state-of-the-art equipment to work on their films.

The above four photos are by Alexis Fitts of SonomaPatch.



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