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.