Sonoma International Film Festival Presented by United MileagePlus® Cards from Chase

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Sonoma International Film Festival Presented by United MileagePlus® Cards from Chase

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Be among filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities attending what MovieMaker Magazine named one of the 25 “Coolest Festivals in the World.” The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), now in its 23rd year, is a not-for-profit festival dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Funds support community youth arts and filmmaking programs.

As this year’s presenting sponsor, United MileagePlus® Cards from Chase will offer Cardmembers two (2) specially created Fest Pass packages for Wednesday/Thursday (Package A) and/or Friday/Saturday/Sunday (Package B). Fest Pass package holders will have priority entry and seating to over 120 films, screened at venues within walking distance from Sonoma Plaza. Guests will also have access to special daytime and evening events, and VIP access to the SIFF Backlot Tent featuring live entertainment, as well as food and exceptional wine and spirits from celebrated Sonoma Valley purveyors. There will also be an opportunity to meet select filmmakers, wine makers, chefs and talent.

In addition to the above, Package A Fest Pass for Wednesday/Thursday includes Wednesday night’s “Opening Night Film and Gala,” featuring Agustí Villaronga’s BORN A KING along with special seating for Thursday’s SIFF|Devour! “Chefs and Shorts” event featuring a wine paired five-course dinner inspired by select short films and created by culinary notables. This year Michael Howell of Green Turtle Club, Bahamas; Casey Thompson of Georgette, Sonoma, CA; Hironobu Tsujiguchi of Le Chocolate de H, Tokyo, Japan and Seadon Shouse of Timber Cove Resort, Jenner, CA will be among the culinary luminaires. Package B Fest Pass for Friday/Saturday/Sunday includes the Filmmaker & Industry Mixer on Friday and the “SIFF Friday Night Out of This World Theme Party.” On Saturday, attend the Industry Panels and the “SIFF Saturday Night Awards Ceremony & Celebration,” and on Sunday, end this fun festival experience at the “Closing Night Film” and “Wrap Party.” For more information on noted events please see the “Experience Includes” section below.

SIFF draws international filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities annually. This year’s festival will feature; Wednesday, Agustí Villaronga’s BORN A KING; Thursday, Louis Gossett Jr. in THE CUBAN; Friday, Karen Allen in COLEWELL and D.B. Sweeney in TWO DUMB MICKS; Saturday, Edward James Olmos and Kate Bosworth in THE DEVIL HAS A NAME and Lena Olin in THE ARTIST’S WIFE; Sunday, Suzi Quatro in SUZI Q. United MileagePlus® Cards from Chase will also host a private lounge during the festival for this year’s SIFF moviegoers who have a current United MileagePlus® credit card. During select festival hours, stop by for snacks, charging stations and surprises. Current cardmembers must present their United card and a valid ID for entry into the Lounge. Each Cardmember may bring a guest. Limited space available.

Inside Access from Chase offers unique events exclusively for Chase United MileagePlus® Cardmembers. SIFF experience Fest Pass Packages have been specially curated for cardmembers and are not available for sale to the public.

Note: Schedule subject to change. This event is fully planned and operated by the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF). Participants must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and attend the event. This special Inside Access package included here has been purchased by Chase as the “presenting” sponsor and specially priced exclusively for use in this program at a discount. Total value for Package A is $1200 and $800 for Package B. A limited number of packages are available.

Celebrity names are subject to change and not guaranteed. The festival is attended by thousands of pass holders and special guests and the number of guests varies for each event. The Inside Access from Chase package includes special access to select events.

Please visit the SIFF website for the most current programming information at http://www.sonomafilmfest.org/.

Experience Includes

PACKAGE A and B

  • Priority entry to all films
  • VIP Access to the SIFF Backlot Tent (includes light bites and wine, with limited seating)
  • Access to the United MileagePlus® Lounge
  • Opportunity to meet one of the notable filmmakers, chefs and/or talent
  • Take-home gift

 

PACKAGE A: Wednesday/Thursday Fest Pass
Wednesday

  • Opportunity to attend the “Opening Night Film and Gala”
    Reserved seating for the film at the historic Sebastiani Theatre. After the film celebrate with priority entry to the SIFF Backlot Tent Gala reception featuring live music, dancing, fine wines and spirits and a variety of appetizers from local purveyors.

Thursday

  • Reserved seating for SIFF|Devour! “Chefs and Shorts” Dinner
    Event features a wine reception with passed appetizers, followed by a seated five-course wine paired dinner where culinary luminaries will each prepare a dish inspired by short food-focused films from around the world.
  • Opportunity to meet Chefs Michael Howell of Green Turtle Club, Bahamas; Casey Thompson of Georgette, Sonoma, CA; Hironobu Tsujiguchi of Le Chocolate de H, Tokyo, Japan and Seadon Shouse of Timber Cove Resort, Jenner, CA.

 

PACKAGE B: Friday/Saturday/Sunday Fest Pass
Friday

  • Reserved seating for the “Fantastic Fungi” Brunch & A Movie
    Screening of the feature-length film, “Fantastic Fungi” will take place amongst a seated wine paired brunch specially prepared by noted local chefs who focus exclusively on the exquisite fleshy mushroom.
  • Access to the “Filmmaker & Industry Mixer”
    Celebrate the power of film with filmmakers, jury members and industry insiders at this casual networking reception while enjoying local Sonoma wines and snacks.
  • VIP entry access to the “SIFF Backlot Tent Theme Party”
    Think Rock ’n' Roll, think UFO and you’ll be in the right mindset to experience the Out of This World party! Live music, dancing, fine wines and spirits, and a variety of appetizers from local purveyors.

Saturday

  • Access to the Industry Panels
    Two morning panels will feature filmmakers and industry veterans. The first panel will address the “Female Driven Story” and gender parity. The second panel will cover “Strategies for Optimizing Film Distribution” for filmmakers and others interested in producing films.
  • VIP entry access to the “SIFF Awards Ceremony & Celebration”
    Celebrate SIFF 2020’s finest films and wines during the awards ceremony, as selected by both the jury and the audience. Following the ceremony, join the winners at the party featuring light bites, world-class wines, bubbles, cocktails, dancing and live entertainment. 

Sunday

  • Opportunity to attend the “Closing Night Film” and “SIFF Wrap Party”
    Reserved seating for the film at the historic Sebastiani Theatre followed by the closing celebration featuring light bites, wine and spirits.

Tentative Event Schedule

PACKAGE A: Wednesday/Thursday Fest Pass
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Please see SIFF Program Guide for United MileagePlus® Lounge hours


PACKAGE B: Friday/Saturday/Sunday Fest Pass
Friday, March 27, 2020

Please see SIFF Program Guide for United MileagePlus® Lounge hours

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Please see SIFF Program Guide for United MileagePlus® Lounge hours

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Please see SIFF Program Guide for United MileagePlus® Lounge hours

Please note: Schedule subject to change

Event Pricing

Package A

$350

Capacity: 10

Wednesday/Thursday Fest Pass

Package B

$200

Capacity: 16

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Fest Pass

Event Location

Sonoma, CA

Sonoma, CA

Please note: Parking is not included