Skip to Content
Sonoma County Film Office Montage of Sonoma County Scenery

Film Festivals

With the number of film festivals it is obvious that the Independent Film industry is on the rise. Sonoma County, located less than 30 miles north of San Francisco, provides a natural presence with a choice of different climates and locations for production. Boasting more than 200 of the world’s most award-winning wineries, 58 miles of scenic Pacific Ocean coastline, rolling mountains, redwood forests, and the majestic Russian River, Sonoma County is an ideal location for the independent filmmaker.

Sonoma County’s diverse landscape, coupled with our reputation for hospitality, allows the filmmaker to complete any and all aspects of their independent film. The Independent Film industry is growing fast in Sonoma County and we invite you to become a part of it.

If you are an independent film artist or an appreciator of independent filming and have any questions, feel free to contact the film office at:

Here are some additional resources related to Independent Films:

Alexander Valley Film Festival
The Alexander Valley Film Festival from October 20 – 23, 2015 will be a three-day celebration of film, food, music, wine, and hospitality. We will showcase new and emerging talents from all over the world and give the students area public schools access to those artists. We will focus on local and Latino filmmakers, as well as diverse international films, which include shorts, feature length, animations, and documentaries. Thematically, the festival centers on the independent filmmaker and will feature student films from youth throughout the region. Anchored between The Clover Theater in Cloverdale and the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg, the event will feature events in multiple locations throughout Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Healdsburg. .

Israeli Film Festival 2016
Presented by the Sonoma County Jewish Community Center
March 8, 2016 The Ballad of the Weeping Spring
March 15, 2016 Is that You?
March 22, 2016 Partner with the Enemy

The Petaluma International Film Festival (PIFF)
October 28-30, 2016 at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma, launched in 2009, is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world.

Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival 2016
Presented by the Sonoma County Jewish Community Center
October 5 thru December 4, 2016
Celebrating the 21st Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival the committee has selected a wonderful group of films. You will be moved and delighted by this glimpse of Jewish life from around the world. Screenings are at the Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St in Sebastopol, CA.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Film Festival: March 23-26, 2017

Sonoma International Film Festival
The 18 Annual March 30-April 3, 2016
Over 100 films over 5 days
Features, World and US Premieres
Documentaries, and Shorts Programs

The Wine Country Film Festival
28th Annual Wine Country Film Festival, April 29 & 30, 2016 Weeklong celebration of cinema featuring films from around world shown at the Deerfield Ranch Winery, the Kenwood Restaurant and the Dunbar School. For more information visit the website or call the office (707) 935-3456.