By Christopher Nevin Johnston
Looking for a good reason to hit the road and relax for a few days? Well, look no more. Every spring the Sonoma International Film Festival draws more than 17,000 visitors to the historic Sonoma City Plaza–located roughly 45 miles northeast of San Francisco–for an extended weekend of laid-back film, food, wine, art and music.
Akin to the more scenic film festival locations like Park City or Santa
Barbara, Sonoma has all of the natural beauty of its sister fests
but–and here’s the kicker–is actually an affordable
that won’t leave you with a bad case of spender’s remorse. From now
until February 28th all passes are on sale for 20% off the regular
price. So, if you purchased a basic Festival Pass (valued at $225) you
could attend all the regular screenings and panels for only $180!
Let’s see the Sundance Kid offer you a better deal….And if your pockets
run a little deeper and you would like a more tailored festival
experience, Platinum and Premiere Passes will ensure a hobnobbing good
time without a bail-out from the Feds.
Known for its casual atmosphere, the Festival is a place where
attendees can enjoy samples of the region’s famous varietals while
mingling with their favorite independently minded stars who, like you,
just want to enjoy some fromage and chard before soaking up the next
Little Miss Sunshine. Past guests of the Festival include Jenna
Fisher, Alexander Payne, Jon Favreau, Robin Williams, Cheech Marin and
many other hip, gregarious celebrities. While I can’t promise that
you’ll get to throw back glasses of pinot with this year’s main
honoree, I can assure you that tough guy incarnate, Bruce Willis, will
be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival which runs
Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the Festival will feature more than
75 independent movies from countries all around the globe, including
the United States, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, and France, as
well as many films from local Bay Area artists.
So, check out their website at www.sonomafilmfest.org
or call the
office at (707) 933-2600 for more information on the 20% Pass Sale and
book your trip today for the premiere wine country film festival.