What’s Happening: Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

Borg McEnroe - Opening night film at Sonoma International Film Festival
Borg McEnroe, one of SIFF's two opening night films.

Say hello to Sonomawood!

Wine country goes cinematic next week when the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) hits town.

The 21st edition of the popular fest runs March 21-25, 2018. As you can imagine, adding the Sonoma backdrop and wines to an impressive list of films is a surefire formula for success.

You can buy individual tickets, or, as organizers suggest, one of the best ways to experience the Sonoma International Film Festival is to pickup a Cinema Pass ($280 for all films, panels and backlot tend during daytime hours) or a Soiree Pass ($850 for priority access).

Once again, look for jury and audience award winners to be announced shortly after the festival wraps.

The Square film at Sonoma International Film Festival
Palm d’Or winner at Cannes, The Square is one of several high profile films scheduled to screen at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Just some of the films slated for screenings at SIFF include:

  • André: The Voice of Wine
  • April’s Daughter
  • Becoming Cary Grant
  • The Boy by the Sea
  • Crossing Fences
  • Food on the Go
  • Garden Party
  • Jacques Pepin: The Art of Craft
  • Little Bird
  • Mary Janes: The Women of Weed
  • Monsoon
  • The Square (Cannes Palm d’Or winner)
  • Two Balloons
  • Wave
  • You Can’t Say no

For a complete list of SIFF entries head on over to the Sonoma International Film Festival guide.

Opening night films scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st include Back to Burgundy and Borg McEnroe.

All told, Sonoma International Film Festival features more than “90 hand-selected” films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and short films.

Trailer: Back to Burgundy

Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend.

Trailer: Borg McEnroe

The story of the 1980″s tennis rivalry between the placid Bjorn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

In addition look for several music performances at this year’s SIFF including: Chris Estes, Dawn and Tony, Chris Hanlin, Adam Traum, Codi and Friends, Son of a Veach, and Keith Andrews.

Sonoma International Film Festival runs March 21 – 25, 2018 at various venues, all within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza.

Past filmmakers and notable attendees have included Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, Susan Surandon, and Danny Glover.

All of us at Stark Insider hop to see you at the Sonoma International Film Festival!

… Somewhere under Redwoods in Sonoma…

Meantime, somewhere in Sonoma, Loni Stark escapes to an Airbnb for an unexpected wine country getaway…

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