20th Annual

Sonoma International Film Festival

March 29, 2017 to April 02, 2017

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Sonoma CA 95476
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Feature Film
Live-action or animated feature-length fiction films of any theme or subject.
Feature length documentary films over 50 minutes on a variety of non-fiction subjects. From hard-hitting exposes and deeply personal stories to humorous observations of everyday events. Short docs no longer than 18 minutes.
World Cinema
Feature films from around the world, exploring a diversity of cultural perspectives, visual styles and narrative modes.
Short Film
Works under 25 minutes long, including world cinema, alternative, music, and student films.


The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is presented by the Sonoma Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a welcoming, entertaining and inspiring cinematic experience that supports and promotes independent films, celebrates the cultural diversity in the Sonoma Valley through film, and funds visual arts in education.


5 days, 100+ Films, 1 Unforgettable, Magical Environment ~ Sonoma!

"2015" - 200 Filmmakers - 14 countries - 110 films

Named one of America's "Top Ten Destination Film Festivals," Sonoma prides itself on giving every filmmaker the royal treatment. Celebrated as one of the friendliest and most uplifting festivals on the circuit. Plus, pretty good wines & food!

The Festival takes place March 30th - April 3rd 2016 in the heart of America's world-renowned wine country, Sonoma Valley, California, just 45 minutes north of San Francisco. The Sonoma International Film Festival values the filmmakers as much as our industry leaders and celebrities. All are treated to our unique accommodations program and have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and festival attendees in one of the most intimate, relaxed and inspiring settings on the festival circuit. Friendly, relaxed networking opportunities with industry professionals have lead to distribution and advancement with future film projects.

Studio executives, film distributors, accomplished writers and directors along with publishers of national trades and magazines are all accesible to attending filmmakers. High profile actors and celebrities have included Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton, Ray Liotta, Hal Holbrook, Robert Patrick, Matthew Modine, John Ratzenberger, John Lasseter, Blythe Danner, Saul Zaentz, Alexander Payne, Mark Romanek, Danny Glover, Mare Winningham, Christopher Lloyd, and most recently, Susan Sarandon and David Arquette.

In the past, 1 in 10 films that were submitted to us through "Withoutabox" were selected for our Festival, making Sonoma an unusually accessible forum for participating filmmakers. Films are shown at least twice to an engaged, film-savvy audience representing a broad range of ages and back grounds. 2016 films are open to Jury competition and winners will be presented cash awards. SIFF welcomes a stellar array of panelists, media, and industry guests, all very accessible to our talented filmmakers and rising talents.

The 2016 Film Festival will feature the finest films from all countries and continue to show case Spanish speaking films~Vamos Al Cine. SIFF continues to grow its reputation in screening powerful films that focus on social causes, LGBT issues, design and the environment. Many films have gone from early screenings at SIFF to significant success and distribution. We look forward to screening your films and upon acceptance, welcoming you to a unique wine country film festival known for being a launch pad for independent filmmakers.


Ginny Krieger (Assistant Director); Kevin McNeely (Executive Director); Kevin W. McNeely (Executive Director)



All DVD submissions arriving via mail post must be in DVD region 1 or 0 format NTSC.

Submissions will NOT be returned. Please use appropriate packaging to prevent DVD damage.

Please be sure to write the WAB Tracking # and Film Title on the disc itself in case the disc becomes separated from its box.

For international submissions (outside U.S.) - filmmakers MUST write on the package, "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."

SIFF is NOT responsible for the customs fee and other charges.

Good Luck, we're looking forward to seeing your film, and upon acceptance, welcoming you to one of our country's most unique festivals where we celebrate the very best in film, food & wine!

Program decisions will be made early March 1st 2016 or sooner.


I have read and agree to the general festival rules. I have all rights to provide my film to the festival for consideration and possible screening.

Sonoma International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sonoma International Film Festival (formerly Sonoma Valley Film Festival) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.