The Sonoma International Film Festival begins April 11, 2012! Just over a week away, the 15th annual festival features over 120 films – productions and co-productions from 30 countries. There continues to be an overwhelming response from filmmakers, actors, directors and film buffs attending this year’s festival—so you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic event.
We’re sure you’ve heard about the world premier of Sir Billi making its debut at the Sonoma International Film Festival on Friday, April 13 at the Sebastiani Theatre. Sir Sean Connery is the voice of the title role in Scotland’s first full-length CGI (Computer-generated Imagery) film. The Hollywood Reporter quoted Connery saying, “I’m excited to be a part of this incredible film and Scotland’s first animated feature. Sir Billi is truly a first-class film, with an exceptional cast, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages.”
Another festival highlight includes legendary filmmaker John Waters’ live performance of This Filthy World, his one-man vaudeville act tracing the origins of the trash genre. The Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall will be transformed to host the supper club event, performance and after party. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., the dinner at 6:15 p.m., This Filthy World show at 8:15 p.m., and after party following the show. A variety of ticket options are available.
The full festival program includes over 120 narrative features, provocative documentaries and award-winning shorts. Check on the website for the full film list and schedule! Thus far, we’ve gathered some of the top ‘buzz generating’ films and acts including:
- Harvest, by John Beck- filmed in Sonoma County, following five family wineries during the 2011 harvest season. This documentary length film premier is showing at 5 p.m., April 13.
- Opening and closing night films by Luc Besson and his French production company EuropaCorp are The Lady and The Source, respectively. Besson is best known for “The Fifth Element” and “La Femme Nikita.” The Source is a North American premier.
- Screening of Cadaver and Last Call on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre to be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and a tribute to Christopher Lloyd who will be in attendance. Cadaver is a short animated film starring Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates.
- UFO Sidebar, the 2nd Annual event promises to be out of this world (April 14)
- This Filthy World, John Waters (April 14)
- Sir Billi, by Sascha Hartmann (April 13)
- Derby, Baby!, by Robin Bond and Dave Wruck (3 p.m., April 14)
- Tiger Eyes, an adaptation of the Judy Blume classic film by her son Lawrence Blume
- La Quinceañera Film Fiesta, featuring 15 Spanish-language films from around the world – including Mexico, Cuba, Spain and Venezuela – as well as films by American Latino directors. This “coming of age” celebration acknowledges the vibrant Latino community in Sonoma Valley and the rich tradition of Latino cinema.
- The Student Film Showcase features films from students of the Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Program, founded a decade ago in partnership with the Sonoma Film Society and funded through Festival proceeds. Artfully crafted student films are presented on the big screen at the historic Sebastiani Theatre throughout the festival.
Purchase your event passes at a range of prices from $175 to $1,500 granting access to regular films, award party, receptions, gala, meet & greets, dinners and more. Or buy tickets to individual film screenings by visiting the website. Buy your passes here.
Festival Director Kevin McNeely says “Our 15th year! All of us are thrilled to celebrate with our filmmakers and our festival guests the very best in film, food and wine. Come join us!”
Psst! We forget to tell you—keep on the lookout for a :15 second short from SomethingAboutSonoma.com running between and before films and let us know what you think!