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Mendocino Eleventh Annual Film Festival


 Mendocino Film Festival screens Sundance Winners
June 4 and 5 in Mendocino

Fresh from Sundance Film Festival, three award-winning films will screen at this year’s Mendocino Film Festival: NewtownFirst Girl I Loved, and Life, Animated will feature prominently in the 2016 program. Life, Animated, the latest from Mendocino Film Festival alumnus Roger Ross Williams, won the Directing Award at Sundance (and has since won the Audience Award at Full Frame) and First Girl I Loved won the NEXT Audience Award. The three films will screen in Mendocino Village during Festival Weekend on June 4 and 5.

Official Selection for Mendocino Film Festival

Roger Ross Williams has been a good friend of the festival, and we were thrilled to get Life, Animated this year,” says Mendocino Film Festival Executive Director Michael Fox. “And, of course, we are lucky to have two additional films from Sundance. We’re very proud to feature films of this caliber, and we look forward to presenting our Sundance Selections.”

The Sundance track features a diverse collection of films: First Girl I Loved is an LGBT coming-of-age tale set in Los Angeles, Newtown examines the aftermath of a national tragedy, and Life, Animated explores the world of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who learns to communicate through Disney films. Life, Animated will screen on Saturday, June 4, while Newtown and First Girl I Loved will screen on Sunday, June 5. Q&As with the filmmakers will follow First Girl I Loved and Newtown.

Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams attended previous editions of the Festival with his films Music by Prudence (for which he won an Oscar) and God Loves Uganda.

“The thunderous applause from the crowd and the glorious sound of the surf made the experience as close to heaven as a festival gets!” Williams said of the experience. The Mendocino Film Festival’s latest generation of attending filmmakers will experience the next extraordinary edition for themselves in just a few short weeks.

“We can’t wait to show our guests -- some of whom have traveled from halfway around the world -- what makes Mendocino so spectacular,” says Fox. “In addition to our award-winning film program, we present a fantastic Festival experience, and we know our visiting filmmakers (and attendees!) will enjoy their time here.”

Life, Animated screens Saturday, June 4, at 3:00 pm at the Festival Tent.

Newtown screens Sunday, June 5, at 10:00 am at Crown Hall.

First Girl I Loved screens Sunday, June 5, at 12:30 pm at Crown Hall.

The Mendocino Film Festival has established a reputation for presenting award-winning international and independent films. Over the years, the Mendocino Film Festival has become renowned on the festival circuit, drawing filmmakers and attendees from around the world while maintaining its commitment to the local community.

Featuring special events, filmmaker Q&As, and panels, the program offers the unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and film aficionados in an intimate setting while enjoying the striking natural beauty of Mendocino, which has inspired generations of artists.

The Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival takes place May 27-29 and June 2-5, 2016.

For more information, including this year’s complete program, visit

For more information, please visit or contact Kira Wojack at or 707-937-0171.

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