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SIFF Launches Virtual Film Festival

July 17, 2020 | By

SIFF.23rd.logoSonoma International Film Festival’s (SIFF) new SIFF 2.0 Virtual Film Festival will be held July 30-August 2, 2020. Celebrating its 23rd year, the online showcase offers the best in new independent cinema from around the world with a robust lineup of 110 features, documentaries and short films that includes a selection of World, North American, US and Northern California premieres from 26 countries.

Additionally, if allowable by State, County and City ordinances, SIFF plans to host up to 16 select films screened at various large, outdoor venues, including Drive-Ins. All Coronavirus health orders and guidelines including social distancing, face coverings, event protocols and hygiene requirements will be implemented.

As part of its selection for the 23rd edition, SIFF has included a rich selection of international films by award-winning auteurs, many of whom have represented their respective countries at the Oscars, including:  AgustÌ Villaronga (BORN A KING- UK/Spain), Espen Sandberg (AMUNDSEN – Norway/Sweden/Czech Republic), Samir (BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW – Switzerland/UK/Germany), Pietro Marcello (MARTIN EDEN – Italy), Mika Kaurismaki (MASTER CHENG – Finland/UK/China), Vladimir Khotinenko (THE LENIN FACTOR – Russia) and Rodrigo Bellott (TU ME MANQUES – Bolivia, a LGBTQI+ themed film).

The SIFF supported Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Program, highlighting the best in student filmmaking, will be available to screen during the SIFF 2.0 Virtual festival. The SIFF|Devour! Chefs & Shorts Dinner, SIFF|Screen & Cuisine Lunch, SIFF Sip Trips and the annual UFO Symposium have been postponed until further notice in accordance with the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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The full Virtual Film Festival lineup will be available at sonomafilmfestival.org starting Friday, July 24. Existing passholders will have all access to the SIFF 2.0 Virtual catalog by reserving their screening selections in advance online; all others can preview the Virtual catalog and film trailers and may purchase a viewing per film, based on availability, or buy a SIFF 2.0 Virtual Pass at www.sonomafilmfest.org.

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