Curtain rises on film fest

The programs for the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, coming Wednesday through Sunday to a theater near you, are finally ready.

“A special thanks to our 200 filmmakers who are coming to Sonoma from over 12 countries,” wrote Kevin McNeely, SIFF’s executive director, in the program’s introduction. The festival is showing movies from 22 countries this year, McNeely said, and he added, “I encourage you to see as many films as possible and enjoy nightly parties at the Backlot tent!”

But it’s not always obvious, especially to the SIFF newcomer, how to go about seeing those films. With 105 screenings in a dozen venues over four-and-a-half days, figuring out where to go when, and how much to spend – and for that matter, how to buy tickets in the first place – can be daunting.

Some people prefer to make their transactions face-to-face, and according to Claudia Mendoza-Carruth, SIFF’s public relations director, their chance will come Wednesday afternoon.

“The box office will be set up on Wednesday after 1 o’clock, and it will be located on the Plaza on the east side of City Hall,” Mendoza-Carruth said.

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