Mendocino County has provided some stunning cinematic backdrops throughout the years, so it’s no surprise that when a Film Festival was launched 15 years ago, it was widely supported by locals!  And after a mere 15 years, the Mendocino Film Festival has expanded in a myriad of ways!  Not only is it a larger event featuring nearly 60 films all told, but the extras of Q&A panels, musical performances, and panel discussions have broadened as well.  The topic of cannabis marks its debut at the Film Festival with a screening of Lady Buds – a documentary about the cannabis underground.  As an added bonus, there’s a special Q&A panel discussion after the film, plus a Crafts & Cannabis event during the weekend and a celebration of the band Cat Mother and their impact on Mendocino.  Also featured, winning selections from other film festivals like The Automat, Bernstein’s Wall, and The Territory, winners of The Telluride, Tribeca, and Sundance Film Festivals, respectively.

The festival program offers up films for all ages with 35 feature films, 23 shorts, and four California premieres.  Film goers will also have the opportunity to interact with 25 filmmakers throughout the weekend.  Check out the eclectic, diverse films at the 15th Annual Mendocino Film Festival, June 2nd through June 5th.  Also, look for Mendocino Film Festival events throughout the year and throughout the County!


“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” Ingmar Bergman spoke these words, and they couldn’t be more accurate.  For this year’s Festival, the selected films run the gamut of storytelling, sometimes wrenching a gasp, sometimes eliciting belly laughs, all thoughtfully chosen. Plan ahead to choose the films you wish to see and experience – drama, adventure, comedy, documentary, narrative, fantasy – all for your viewing pleasure!


Truly a celebration of all the arts, the Mendocino Film Festival has organized amazing extras such as live music to celebrate the films Meeting the Beatles in India and Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Join in a tribal prayer with the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo, screen short films of Native Cinemas, enjoy a whiskey tasting as part of the Keepers of Corn film, and check out the panel discussions, films for kids and surprise screenings, plus book signings and cannabis-related events!


When you hear membership has its privileges, it really does when it comes to the soirees for the Mendocino Film Festival.  The Kick-Off event celebrates the members and sponsors in an intimate sneak preview party.  The grand dame of the soirees is the Opening Night Royal Garden Party & Chef Showcase featuring the best local chefs and cuisine, world class wines, signature cocktails and more, all with a theme that’s truly hats off! This too is for members, sponsors and invited guests.  Of course, a Filmmaker Party is a must at any Film Festival and Mendocino County is no different with a California casual affair open to filmmakers and special guests. A Wrap Party for members, volunteers and invited guests with a special screening of the most recent movie filmed in Mendocino – CRABS!  While membership is encouraged and helps support the Film Festival, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy Mendo After Dark either between screenings or after screenings in both Mendocino and Fort Bragg.  Local watering holes Dick’s Place and Patterson’s Pub in Mendocino and Golden West Saloon, Piaci’s Pub, North Coast Brewing and Overtime Brewing in Fort Bragg are all open to quench your thirst during the Festival!


When you see the big white tent in June, you know it’s the season for the Mendocino Film Festival.  The Main Tent sits across from The Hill House on Palette Drive and serves as the cornerstone venue for the Festival.  Other venues include historic Crown Hall on the west end of Ukiah Street, the Mendocino Theatre Company on Little Lake, adjacent to the Mendocino Arts Center, and Coast Cinemas on the corner Madrone & Franklin Streets in Fort Bragg.  While these are the main venues, there is also a special venue for the film Tapes from Beyond – it’s an outdoor screening at the Larry Spring Museum on Redwood Street in Fort Bragg.  Other special events venues include the Café Beaujolais Garden and Good Life Bakery Patio for panel discussions, plus Kelley House Museum for the Cat Mother Celebration and Rotary Park in the Village of Mendocino for Crafts & Cannabis, and Gallery Bookshop is the venue for a Book Signing event.


Mendocino has numerous places to stay while visiting – hotels, motels, even Holiday Inns – and that’s not just a line from a song!  There are also beautiful inns, B&Bs, cottages and glamping options!  Wherever you choose to stay, you will be welcomed with the gracious hospitality that Mendocino County is known for. Check out all of the distinctive properties supporting the Mendocino Film Festival and make your reservations today – for your stay and for fabulous and fun dining experiences – casual to chic cuisine and everything in between!