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Film fest sets volunteer meeting

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The Sonoma International Film Festival is seeking several hundred volunteers to greet visitors, work the parties and screenings, provide hospitality for filmmakers, and help with pre-festival production.

New and returning volunteers are invited to attend the volunteer orientation meeting on Thursday, March 6, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Staff will give an overview of the festival and talk about volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteers from previous years have raved about the experience of being amongst the festival’s inner circle, and the lasting friendships that they forged.

“Volunteering is a unique opportunity to meet new people, contribute to the making of an iconic film festival and make special memories in the process,” said Ginny Krieger, assistant director.

The film festival runs April 2 through April 6.

Candidates should be hospitable, outgoing film lovers looking to support the community, make new friends and have a great time. Compensation includes tickets to films, a souvenir T-shirt, invitation to post-festival Volunteer Party.

Volunteers can sign up online at sonomafilmfest.org/volunteers and choose their availability for different dates and areas of service. They will then be invited to an orientation session for the festival and available roles. “We are very grateful to the members of the community who make this celebration of film, food and wine possible every year,” said Krieger.

The film festival features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films, all screened in intimate venues. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Mary-Louise Parker have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance. For more information, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org

The Sonoma International Film Festival is spearheaded and supported by the Sonoma International Film Society, a nonprofit organization that founded and funds the Media Arts Programs at the Sonoma Valley High School and Middle School. The Sonoma Film Society offers its members year-round benefits and VIP access to events, including cave dinners, a monthly cinema series, and of course, the Sonoma International Film Festival.

For information on becoming a member of the Sonoma International Film Society, contact Ginny Krieger at ginny@sonopmafilmfest.org.