Film Fest Petaluma returns for its sixth annual festival of short films on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma.
Programs feature a broad mix of animated, live action, and documentary shorts as well as a blend of comedy and drama. Shows run at 2:30pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm. Each session will host filmmakers in conversation including several Sonoma County students.
The festival features films from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Iran, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Australia. Highlights include Ali Asgari’s Iranian drama More Than Two Hours which screened in competition at the recent Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals, Wild Horses, winner of the Jury Prize for Best Live Action Short at the 2013 Palm Springs International Shortfest, and the Australian stop motion stunner Sleight of Hand, winner of Best Animated Short at the New York and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals. All three directors are expected to attend. Forestville resident Steve Tucker will also be presenting his mini-doc Michael Garlington: Built to Burn on the Petaluma artist’s recent creation for the Burning Man Festival.
The work of four Sonoma County student filmmakers will also be showcased throughout the day including The Promise by Sophia Wasteneys from Summerfield Waldorf High School in Santa Rosa, Ten Grahams by SRJC student Miles Levin, and Bleeding Black by SRJC students Ariana Victor and Joey Emmons. Top films from SRJC’s Associated Students Film Festival on April 4th were invited to screen at the downtown event.
Tickets for the Fest are available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites. Tickets range from $10-$15. All-day passes are available for $25. Programs are recommended for 15 and over.
Visit FilmFestPetaluma.com for the complete film schedule and ticket information.