Proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate
This year, the Festival will kick off with our exclusive Opening Night Celebration at the picturesque and historic Hill House Inn on Friday, June 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This year’s Opening Night Party takes its inspiration from the film Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace, one of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved restaurants in the country, with a party like never before.
Greeted upon arrival with a glass of Roederer Estate sparkling wine, the celebration features inspired cuisine from the best chefs of Mendocino County, cocktails crafted by local mixologists featuring Tito’s handmade vodka, iconic beers from North Coast Brewing Company, desserts from A Sweet Affair and Cousteaux French Bakery, and a great selection of wines from Mendocino County. We honor your participation this year with a perfect start to three days of film, conversation, and entertainment – altogether an unforgettable night.
This year, we will expand the party into a New-Orleans- inspired courtyard with live New Orleans Jazz and some of our famous mobile gourmet kitchens, featuring a wood-fired pizza oven from The Flying Saucy, Tsunami Nachos, and our uber-hip retro Tow-Ster Trailer Portable Bar, where you can enjoy sipping locally distilled Low Gap Whiskey.
Mingle with celebrities and special guests from the film world at this eagerly anticipated event as we raise a glass to launch our annual homage to the art of filmmaking in Mendocino.
FEATURING THE FLORAL STYLINGS OF:
Mendocino Floral Design
The Gardens of Sue and Mel McKinney