20th Anniversary Festival Weekend Wraps Up

SONOMA, CA (April 3, 2017) – The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is pleased to announce the Jury Award and Audience Award winners from the 20th Anniversary celebration of film, food, wine and spirits this past Wednesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 2, 2017.

“What a great Festival,” enthused executive director Kevin McNeely. “We are still counting ticket stubs but this may have been the best attended in the whole 20 years. The weather was superb, parties were fun and swanky and the food and wine flowed. Can’t wait for next year.”

Highlights from the most attended festival in it’s 20 year history include the Backlot Tent themed parties, the Q & A with Angela Sarafyan of The Promise on Opening Night, the attendance of Jess Weixler of Money, Dee Wallace of the short film Charlie’s Gift, and the overflowing reception at the Zina Lounge at the Ledson Hotel for In Search of Fellini with critic Leonard Maltin and writer Nancy Cartwright and actress Maria Bello.

The Film Jury Award winners of the 20th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival were announced Saturday evening during the Red Carpet Celebration in the Backlot Tent.

Best American Independent Feature: June Falling Down (dir. Rebecca Weaver)
Best World Feature: Nelly (dir. Anne Émond)
Best Documentary Feature: The Girl Who Saved My Life (dir. Hogir Hirori)
Best Animated Short: The Orchestra (dir. Mikey Hill)
Best Comedy Short: How You Look At It (dir. Wendy Seyb) 
Best Documentary Short: Double Talk (dir. Jessica Bernstein-Wax)
Best Dramatic Short: A Tie Riceballs (dir. Shingo Usami) & Crisscross (dir. Michael Jackson) 
Best World Short: On the Run (dir. Gianguido Spinelli)

The Audience Award winners of the 20th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival were announced yesterday evening in the SIFF Village Backlot Tent, amidst the hubbub of the festival's Closing Wrap Party.

The A3 Audience Award for Best Documentary: A Tie Perfume War (dir. Michael Melski) & James Beard: America's First Foodie (dir. Elizabeth Federici)
The Stolman Audience Award for Best American Indie: Handsome Devil (dir. John Bulter)
SIFF Audience Award for Best World Cinema: My Mother's Wound (dir. Ozan Aciktan)
Best Dramatic Shorts: Nocturne in Black (dir. Jimmy Keyrouz)
Best Comedy Shorts: The Games We Play (dir. Annika Marks, Rich Newey)
Best Documentary Short: Close Ties (dir. Zofia Kowalewska)
Best Animated Short: The Orchestra (dir. Mikey Hill)
Best Foreign Short: Sans Reponse (dir. William Papadin)

About the Sonoma International Film Festival:
The Sonoma International Film Festival is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Most films screened at the Festival have attending filmmakers and actors making for informative Q&A’s. This unique five-day event features screening venues in and around Sonoma Plaza and offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, John Lasseter, Danny Glover, Demián Bichir, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Keaton and Meg Ryan have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.