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The Wine Country Film Festival is a
Cornacopia of Dazzling Cinema, Sumptuous Cuisine and Community Events
For twenty two years, the amazing staff at the Wine Country Film Festival has crafted a world-class festival bringing to our community films of the highest caliber from around the world. This year is no exception. Films, parties, a spotlight on Spain, and stunning world cinema that transports us to Tibet, India, Tunisia, Italy, France, the UK and beyond take place at the historic Kenwood Depot (July 24 - 27) and inside the Cave at Deerfield Ranch Winery (July 22 – 27).
The Festival’s Gala Opening Night & Premiere is Thursday July 24th beginning at 7PM at the Kenwood Depot. Wineries will pour their finest including Ledson Winery, The Wine Room, Paradise Ridge, David Noyes, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Ashton Vineyards, Mendocino Farms, Muscardini, Audelssa and Chateau St. Jean. Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection presents her sensational Delice de la Vallee.
Mix and mingle informally with stars, filmmakers, sponsors, old and new friends. Meet Tara Rudman of Sebastopol, Ca who painted this year’s Official Artwork.
The Opening Night North America premiere is "Dolphins" with UK director Mark Jay and cast members in person. The film is a gritty, modern fairytale coming of age romance set in the seaside town of Brighton UK.
Throughout the week, the Festival offers a unique look into Middle Eastern cultures that are at once traditional and at the forefront of today’s breaking headlines. Films not to miss include Sherwood Hu’s Prince of the Himalaya a riveting adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet shot in locations on the Zoug Plateau that have never been filmed before; Neten Chokling’s Milarapa, the story of the man who was to become Tibet’s greatest saint set in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of Northern India and Bab’aziz the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm to find peace, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Persia.
The 2nd annual Paseo de Espana, Sat July 26th celebrates Spanish culture with Spanish movies, a paella class taught by Chef Raquel Hermosilla of Spain at Home, on site cooking paella presented by Eduardo Balaguer of Venga Paella Catering, and a sampling of Spanish wine and food products from the regions of Madrid, Navarra, the Canary Islands, Catalunya, Cantabria and the Basque Country.
Uniquely positioned as a cultural event, the Festival offers community activities in addition to its cinematic lineup. Planet Party! is a celebration of our beautiful Earth, Sunday July 27th. Activities include a bird walk, green exhibits, a discussion about “Food from the Earth”, a cooking demo by Chef Nash of Tri Vigna fame and featured in the film "Stewards of the Land", a juried Art Show, and inspiring environmental films. Closing the Festival is "The Maiden and Wolves" by French director Gilles Legrand, Sunday July 27th under the stars. It is the ripping Gallic yarn about an Edwardian –era femme whose fate becomes entangled with that of the last wild wolf pack on Mount Blanc.
The Festival strives to be a zero waste, green event. Net proceeds benefit local school gardens. For Program details visit www.wcff.us.