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!
April 14th, 2016
Thirty-eight short films from more than fifteen countries will be on display at the 8th annual Film Fest Petaluma on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma. More than a dozen directors have already confirmed attendance at the event including the creators of Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Antonia Herrera, the Chilean animation team that won this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
The day long fest will give visitors a sampling of award-winning shorts from prestigious festivals around the globe including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. Each of the four programs offer a variety of animation, live action, and documentary content as well as a discussion with the filmmakers. Other confirmed guests include Dive director Matthew Saville from New Zealand, director and choreographer Cylan Shaffer (Pride & Gluttony), actress and filmmaker Johanna Watts (Career Girl), Skinner Myers (Land of Exodus), and Bay Area filmmakers Conner Bell (Chop), and Phil Lorin & Kiel Murray (Green Thumb).
Domestic and international guests will sit alongside four student filmmakers selected from the Sonoma County Student Film Festival on April 1st whose work will also be on display. Featured students include Miles Levin (The Berninator), Rita Amador (La Liberte), Ian Powell (Impressive Stacks), and Luc Londe (Or).
Programs take place at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm. Additional events hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College in the days preceding the fest may be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the fest range from $10-$15 and are available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites. All-day passes may be purchased for $30. Programs are recommended for 15 and over (17 for the late show which features edgier fare).
Visit FilmFestPetaluma.com for the complete film schedule and ticket information.