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Sonoma International Film Fest Marks 20th Anniversary

The Sonoma International Film Festival 

Over the course of the last two decades, the Sonoma International Film Festival has grown from a provincial gathering of Wine Country film buffs into a widely respected weeklong pageant of cinema.

While celebrated filmmakers including the Oscar-winning producer, John Lasseter (Frozen), Alexander Payne (Sideways), and Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) have all joined the party, A-list actors like Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, Meg Ryan, and Lauren Hutton have been among the glittering attendees in previous iterations of the gala celebration.

Validating the event’s ongoing success and ever-growing prestige, just last year, MovieMaker Magazine even hailed it as one of “the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world” — officially pushing Sonomawood well into the ranks of the big league.

This year, the five-day Sonoma International Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a barrage of bold-faced names and a new blockbuster slate of more than 100 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and short films.

The venues will remain intimate and within walking distance of Sonoma's historic plaza and the mission of inspiring film lovers will continue to be front and center.

Additionally, if previous years are to be any indication, the humble spirit of the Wine Country movie festival which has traditionally been low-key enough to allow for personal interaction with both industry leaders and auteurs alike, will remain the event’s star attraction.

Though a full line-up has yet to be released, sneak preview screenings of films including A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, and Project Censored: The Movie, an in-depth look at what is wrong with the news media in the U.S. today, are already setting the bar high for 2017.

And, yes, of course, there will be wine from Sonoma vintners along with world-class cuisine from local artisans.

The Sonoma International Film Festival runs from March 29 – April 2, 2017.

Cinema Passes, which provide access to all films, panels and the Backlot Tent during daytime hours, are now available for sale for $250 apiece. Meanwhile, Soiree Passes which guarantee priority access to all films, Backlot Tent, the VIP area, opening & closing receptions, regular events & parties, are also on sale for $675 through March 1. Be sure to buy your tickets early as prices go up closer to the date of the event.

For more information on the 2017 Sonoma International Film Festival or to purchase tickets, click here.

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