May 8th, 2018
Film Fest Petaluma is pleased to announce that the “Best of Fest” audience favorite goes to Derin Seale’s Australian comedy The Eleven O’Clock. The runner-up was Sébastien Maitre’s Get Up Kinshasa! from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other notable audience favorites included Alain Delannoy’s animated documentary The Talk: True Stories About the Birds and the Bees, Vincent Gallagher’s stop motion animation Second to None, the experimental horror pic Great Choice, and the live action dramas It’s Just a Gun, Dust, and DeKalb Elementary.
Film Fest Petaluma offers a huge thanks to all our patrons, sponsors, crew, volunteers, and guest filmmakers who made our tenth anniversary festival such a success. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!
May 11th, 2017
Film Fest Petaluma is pleased to announce that the “Best of Fest” audience favorite goes to Ivan Barge’s New Zealand comedy Madam Black. The top films this year were separated by a razor-thin margin of less than a hundredth of a point. The runner-up was Marc Wilkins’ powerful refugee drama Bon Voyage. Other notable front runners included John Fortson’s US comedy Rated, Alejandro Damiani’s political comedy MAMON, and Craig Foster’s horror/comedy Overtime. Animated favorites included Michael Cusack’s stop motion drama After All and the Spanish comedy Darrel. The favorite documentary was Lucas Schrank’s Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island.
The festival offers a huge thanks to all our patrons, sponsors, crew, volunteers, and guest filmmakers who made this year’s event such a success. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!
April 23rd, 2017
Thirty five films from six continents will offer film lovers a taste of global cinema at the ninth annual Film Fest Petaluma on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma.
The day long fest will give visitors a sampling of award-winning shorts from prestigious international festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and Tribeca. After reviewing more than a thousand films, final selections were made representing more than 20 countries including France, Germany, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malaysia, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, and New Zealand among others.
Four different collections of shorts will screen at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm with the late show offering edgier fare. Programs are recommended for 14 and over (17 for the late show).
Each of the four programs offers a variety of animation, live action, and documentary content as well as a discussion with some of the filmmakers. Directors, actors, and crew from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and across the US will be in attendance at the event.
Seven Sonoma County student filmmakers from SRJC, Santa Rosa High School, and Sonoma State University, who were selected from the Sonoma County Student Film Festival held earlier this month, will sit alongside international guests on all four post-screening discussions.
All-day passes may be purchased for $30. Tickets for individual shows range from $10-$15 and will be available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites.
May 16th, 2016
Film Fest Petaluma is very pleased to announce that the “Best of Fest” Audience Favorite goes to Gabriel Osorio and Antonia Herrera’s Oscar-winning animated short BEAR STORY! Top ranked shorts on other programs included Dan Hodgson’s UK comedy LOVE IS BLIND and the French animated shorts HE WHO HAS TWO SOULS and CARAPACE.
A big thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s festival the best yet! We’ll see you at the movies!