We are super excited because the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival is happening March 30 – April 3, 2016! The 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.
Throughout the festival, epicurean, spirits, and winery partners will provide bites and drinks for the Opening Night Reception, themed nightly parties in SIFF Village’s Backlot Tent, after parties, receptions, and industry events and panels. SIFF Village will also offer a food court and multiple food trucks, such as Drums and Crumbs, which serves crowd-pleasing Southern comfort foods, and TIPs Tri-Tip, known for their cubed Tri-Tip Sando. The VIP area in the Backlot Tent will be hosted by Feast It Forward, and will feature their Airstream lounge as a hospitality area and fun location to conduct their interviews with filmmakers, cast members, and sponsors. Additionally, there will be a Happy Hour in the Backlot Tent, new to the festival this year.
Held Thursday through Sunday at 3 – 6 PM, guests can enjoy live music, bites from Premiere Sponsor Whole Foods Sonoma, cocktails from the Libations Unlimited mobile cocktail bar, beer and cider from Stella Artois, wine tastings from 30+ local wineries, and Star Sponsor Don Julio tequila tastings in the Don Julio Tequila Lounge.
Premiere Sponsor Celebrity Cruises is also activating their onboard A Taste of Film multisensory experience at the two screenings of Ben Knight’s Cooking Up A Tribute at the Celebrity Cruises at Vintage House venue. Filmgoers will receive a glass of JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset’s French sparkling No. 69 Crémant de Bourgogne with a carefully curated food tasting, which will bring the aromas and flavors of the food documentary to life.
- The screenings are on Friday, April 1 at 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM, and Sunday, April 3, 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM.
Epicurean partners include familiar and new Sonoma Plaza and dining scene staples like Harvest Moon, the girl and the fig, Café La Haye, Della Santina, Rossi’s, Delhi Belly, Maya, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Sonoma Grille, Sonoma Creamery, Sonoma Cheese Factory, Hopmonk Tavern, Tip’s Tri-Tip, Drums and Crumbs, Ledson Hotel’s The Zina Lounge, Touché Mobile Chefs and Stone Edge Farm. Local food producers and retailers such as Star Sponsor Sonoma Brands, KRAVE Jerky, Mia’s Kitchen, The Chocolate Cow, and Taverrite’s Make It Italian are joined by national brands PopChips, Fork in the Road Foods, Way Better Snacks, KIND, CocoaPlanet, and Cohiba Cigars. Repurpose will provide compostable, recyclable utensils.
SIFF’s wine selection is a cross-section of the sheer variety of vino that Sonoma County has to offer. Many of the vineyards represented have received Best in Class, Double Gold, and Gold awards from premiere competitions, such as the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition, and World Wine Championships, as well as fresh ratings of 90 points and higher households publications like Wine & Spirits Magazine, Tasting Panel, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast.
An assortment of reds, roses, whites, and bubbles will be provided by Petroni, Sonoma-Loeb, Muscardini, Silver Trident, Lake Sonoma Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Steelhead Vineyards, Leese-Fitch, Blue Farm, Corner 103, Ordaz, Highway 12, Vindie, Meadowcroft Wines, R2 Wine Company, Patz & Hall, Pangloss Cellars, Larson Family Winery, Nicholson Ranch, Three Sticks, Idell Family Vineyards, Canihan, Ledson, Enkidu, Hawkes, B.R. Cohn, Film Sponsor Brian Arden, and official sparkling wine sponsor Gloria Ferrer, and Star Sponsors Clos du Bois and Madrone Vineyards.
For more information on events or purchasing passes and rush tickets, please visit the SIFF website at http://sonomafilmfest.org/.