The 18th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off spring from Mar. 25-29, 2015. Featuring more than 100 selected films from 25 countries, SIFF brought five days of fun, food, and unforgettable world cinema to the heart of wine country.
As SIFF’s proud marketing and creative agency for three consecutive years, Spritz has not only witnessed the the tremendous growth of the festival throughout the years, but also increased our own involvement in supporting and spearheading the event. This year, we invited and hosted more sponsors, partners, media, key influencers and special guests than ever before!
The Opening Night films featured Alan Rickman’s directorial debut film A Little Chaos (starring Rickman himself and Kate Winslet), which was preceded by the Academy Award winning short “Feast,” as well as American independent feature The Week, which was preceded by the Susan Atherton sponsored short, “Artoo in Love.” Although neither Rickman nor Winslet were able to attend SIFF this year, Spritz facilitated a partnership with Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco, who brought Kate Winslet’s detailed figure to the Opening Night Reception. A hit at the festival, the lifelike wax version of Kate stood at the entrance of the Backlot Tent VIP Lounge, and was the star of many star-struck fans and their photoshoots.
Spritz was also proud to invite renowned media guests and fashionistas to the Celebrity Cruises sponsored film screenings of Dior and I. Guests who were lucky enough to gain access to the sold-out film screenings were able to experience a taste of Celebrity Cruises’ signature modern luxury lifestyle with complimentary glasses of Breathless sparkling wine.
We also were delighted to have many returning sponsors, and had the pleasure of introducing a number of new sponsors such as: Emirates Airlines, Where magazine, 7×7, KCBS, Alice Radio, SF Travel, USTA NorCal, and philanthropist Susan Atherton.
To top off the incredible five day event, the entire Spritz team had the pleasure of attending the screening of Dukhtar, a groundbreaking Pakistani movie directed by Afia Nathaniel, which was presented by none other than our own CEO and Co-founder, Raghu Shivaram. We couldn’t have been happier to discover that the film won the Best World Movie Award at the Sunday night Awards Ceremony!
As always, we are extremely honored and proud to support SIFF and we look forward to continue our partnership through the upcoming year-round events, in addition to the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival!