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Sonoma International Film Festival to host five days of screenings, parties and events

Starting on Wednesday, March 20 and lasting through Sunday, March 24, the 27th annual Sonoma International Film Festival will feature more than 100 new features, documentaries and short films from around the world, along with visiting filmmaker panels, four lively parties and various opportunities for mingling with notable names from the film and culinary worlds.

The festival, which started in 1997 with six films as part of extended outreach with Sonoma’s global sister cities, has grown into a seasoned annual event known for its quality of films, high end food and wine events, fun-filled parties and recognizable guests.

The full festival lineup, which includes films at the Hanner Center, Sebastiani Theater and more is available online at sonomafilmfest.org.

Award-winning chef Susan Feniger of Food Network’s “Two Hot Tamales” and numerous restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs will receive the SIFF2024 Culinary Excellence Award at a special multi-course dinner curated by Feniger. The dinner and awards will follow the screening of Liz Lachman’s new culinary disaster film, “Susan Feniger. FORKED,” on the evening of Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. at Hanna Center. Tickets for this SIFF special event are on sale now at 2024siff.eventive.org/schedule/654d1d3b5fae990058ebc781.

Voted "One of the 25 Coolest Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine, and a "Top 10 Destination Film Festival" by USA Today, the March festival currently has four passes levels and benefits for sale. Pass levels include the student pass ($75), with a valid student ID, includes all Saturday and Sunday films, while the patron pass ($3,000) provides the most upscale option, including access to all events, the Feniger culinary event, and all parties and films with reserved seating. Passes and benefits are available at https://2024siff.eventive.org/passes/buy.

The festival is estimated to generate more than $2.1 million to the Sonoma economy, as approximately 10,000 festival goers are expected to converge on Sonoma during the span of the five-day festival. Visit sonomafilmfest.org for more information.

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