Four Great California Film Festivals For Your Calendar


The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival takes place March 5-9 in San Luis Obispo wine country, on California’s Central Coast following Oscar weekend.  Recently dubbed by MovieMaker magazine as “one of the best film events in the country,” the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Film fans visiting the Golden State this spring can check out the Sonoma International Film Festival April 2–6, 2014, now in its 17th year.  This five-day event offers wines from Sonoma vintners and cuisine from local artisans, and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams have walked the festival red carpet.  Further north is the Mendocino Film Festival, May 29–June 1, 2014 with a film screening at The Madrones center along with open houses at local wineries offering new release tastings and food pairings.

Or plan ahead for the next Napa Valley Film Festival November 12-16, 2014, which boasts tastes from 150 local wineries or the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which just wrapped up for this year but has its 30th annual event Jan. 22-Feb, 1, 2015.