Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Little River Inn
Join us for an evening of delicious giving and mingle with our Program Director, Claudia Puig, and our Board of Directors and team in the cozy bar cafe. Or reserve a restaurant dinner date with your movie-loving friends and make your festival selections together. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Mendocino Film Festival.
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Festival Tent
Kick off the festivities a day early at this special Members screening of the Short Films Program as we raise a glass to the people who make the Mendocino Film Festival possible. Enjoy fine wine from Scharffenberger Cellars and gourmet popcorn at this sneak preview for our most dedicated Festival supporters. Proudly sponsored by Redwood Roofers.
Friday, June 2, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Hill House Inn
Top chefs preparing small bites from locally-sourced ingredients. World-class wine, creative cocktails, craft spirits, and beer. Filmmakers and special guests from around the world. One amazing night, as we welcome our celebrities and special guests to experience Mendocino at its best. Celebrate another season of the Mendocino Film Festival at this exclusive Member and Sponsor event, proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate.
Film and live musical performance featuring The Steven Bates Band.
Friday, June 2, 8:00 – 11:30 pm Crown Hall, Mendocino
Watch this 2017 Sundance selection and learn about the largely unacknowledged Native American influence on American music, particularly rock and roll. Then stay and dance the night away to the roots-rock, high-energy, live performance of the Steven Bates Band. A Mendocino coast native, Steven Bates is widely acclaimed as a gifted songwriter, a superb vocalist, and an extraordinary guitar-hero. He has written numerous songs with an eye toward making audiences want to get up and dance, while leaving them feeling exhilarated, rejuvenated, and clamoring for more.
Produced by Hugh Dignon and Rock The Ground Productions.
Proudly Sponsored by KOZT
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 p, Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino
Featuring the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, these whimsical stories will delight children of all ages. As part of our Children’s Program, the Mendocino Film Festival is giving away a brand-new bicycle to one lucky young artist in our art raffle, sponsored by Sean Leland State Farm! Visit Sean Leland State Farm or the Mendocino Film Festival office to pick up an entry form and pages for your little animator to color.
Film and dance party featuring special guest DJ DRAGONFLY
Saturday, June 3, 8:00 – 11:30 pm Crown Hall, Mendocino
Dance Party produced by Enchanted Forest Gathering Motivated by a mission of peace through music and a dream of “making the world smaller by making the party bigger,” revel in this feel-good documentary filmed in Havana, Cuba. Then join in the after-party dance with DJ Dragonfly, who shines a spotlight on the electronic dance scene’s urban/indigenous vibe with his simple mission statement of: Come! Find and lose yourself in the sonic maelstrom of positive pulsations, community goodness and deep whomp. See you on the dance floor.
Dance Party produced by Enchanted Forest Gathering
Proudly Sponsored by Dick’s Place and Frankie’s Pizza
Sunday, June 4 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Festival Tent
The Mendocino Coast Humane Society has been saving animals’ lives since 1987. We are delighted to partner with our friends there to present a mobile adoption during our screening of the film Kedi. Before and after the screening, meet adorable animals looking for their forever homes and find your new best friend at this special event supporting the Mendocino Coast Humane Society. Kedi is a documentary of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.
If you’re looking for a feline friend of your own, the Mendocino Coast Humane Society will be holding a Mobile Adoption Event at the Festival Tent on Sunday, June 4th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Sunday, June 4 5:30 pm, Festival Tent
Join us as we conclude another wonderful year and celebrate our homegrown talent with Reel Mendo, a showcase of Mendocino filmmakers.
Proudly sponsored by The Leonard Moore Cooperative
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Festival Headquarters
Stop by the Filmmaker Lounge, upstairs at Festival Headquarters on the corner of Kasten & Ukiah streets, for refreshments and treats, starting at 9 am every morning with coffee and pastries at the Breakfast Club. Chat with filmmakers and special guests between films and admire the wood, stone, glass, and floral elements on display from local artisans. Proudly sponsored by Mendo Realty.
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 10:00 pm – last call
Let’s Dance: once we wrap for the night, head over to Dick’s Place, Patterson’s Pub, or Flow for more revelry. Socialize at these unofficial after-parties and chat about the day’s screenings as we continue the celebrations until closing time. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Members, Volunteers, & Invited Guests
Sunday, June 4, 7:00 pm, Festival Tent
Following Reel Mendo, enjoy one last hurrah with the festival crew and partake in music, dancing, refreshments, and camaraderie as we celebrate the conclusion to another wonderful year. Proudly sponsored by Mendo Lake Credit Union.