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Exciting Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off this week

The beautiful Sonoma Plaza complements the activities of the festival with open space and a hub for all activity.
The beautiful Sonoma Plaza complements the activities of the festival with open space and a hub for all activity.
L. Compisi

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) recently announced its line-up for the upcoming 17th edition, which runs Wednesday, April 2, through Sunday, April 6. SIFF is one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, and presents over 100 films shown at 8 venues, all within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza, in the heart of California Wine Country. SIFF will host over 200 filmmakers from around the world, featuring the best food and wine from the Valley’s top restaurants and wineries. It is clear that with each successive year the organizers fine tune their schedule and improve on the level of content to make the festival the best that it can be while capitalizing on the strengths of the surrounding environs. To make this year's event even more accessible the festival is offering free shuttle service from San Francisco to the town of Sonoma on Saturday and Sunday. This is truly an exciting and winning combination.

Sonoma's Historic Plaza becomes a Hollywoodset for SIFF.
L. Compisi

“We are very proud of what this year’s festival has to offer,” said SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely. “Each day guarantees an amazing combination of films from 22 countries, parties featuring premium wines and food from local restaurants, an industry panel focusing on films that are important to make, and gracious hospitality offered in our stylish Backlot Tent…not to mention the most talented group of filmmakers and actors attending from around the world.”

The 2014 Sonoma International Film Festival will open with two films: Dom Hemingway, directed by Richard Shepard and starring Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Richard E. Grant and Demián Bichir. Bichir, perhaps best known for his work in "Weeds', was last years celebrity attendee and awardee with Weeds co-star Mary-Louise Parker. Additionally, the festival will present Beside Still Waters, written and directed by Chris Lowell. Writer/producer Mohit Narang will attend.

The Festival is loaded with receptions, concerts, hospitality, evening events, high school student films, a Latin Festival, children's programs, award events, unbeatable food from restaurants like Sondra Bernstein's girl & the fig, Café La Haye, Epicurean Connection and Smoke Open Fire Grill, bubbly by Gloria Ferrer and wine from Envolve, Muscardini Cellars, Buena Vista Winery and Chateau St. Jean.

More information is available at: http://www.sonomafilmfest.org/. Not too late to get tickets al a carte or a combination of passes. See you there.