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FOX40 AutumnFest Interview

FOX40 News –  Sept. 2, 2015
Festival Director Sophoan Sorn chatted with Paul Robins and Bethany Crouch about SJIFF8 AutumnFest. Watch the Interview

#AutumnFest Press Release

West Coast Premiere of German epic "Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision" with lead actor Jan Dieter Schneider in person headlines AutumnFest of the San Joaquin International Film Festival on September 6, 2015

Home from Home

Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stockton, California, USA - The recently completed 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival (August 1-2, 2015) adds an additional day - over one month later - on September 6, 2015, with AutumnFest. The one-day series will run at Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, and will be headlined by the West Coast Premiere of Edgar Reitz's "Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision," the acclaimed German rural epic that is nearly four hours long, and will be represented by its lead actor, Jan Dieter Schneider, in person at the screening. AutumnFest will present four shows from 10:30 AM through 10:00 PM.

"Home from Home" is the winner of eight international awards, including three wins at the prestigious 2014 German Film Awards (The Lolas, Germany's Academy Awards), taking home the top prize for Best Film in Gold, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. This special presentation is co-presented by the University of the Pacific and Corinth Films, the film's North American distributor.

HOME FROM HOME - CHRONICLE OF A VISION

Home from Home is a sweeping, epic evocation of the mass exodus of the German farmers and craftsmen to the New World.

Set in a dreary, unforgiving mid-19th century German village in Hunsrück, Home From Home captures the plight of hundreds of thousands of Europeans who emigrated to faraway South America to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Their motto was: “Any fate is better than death”. Edgar Reitz’s film is a heart-wrenching drama and love story set against the backdrop of this forgotten tragedy. It encompasses a time of tribulation and illuminates the revolutionary and intellectual spirit present in the souls who are center of this tale. Jakob (Jan Dieter Schneider), the protagonist, tries to immerse himself in literature and learning, as the rest of his family toils to fend off starvation. He dreams about leaving his village, Schabbach, for a new life in Brazil and the freedom of the wild South American jungle. He studies the languages of the native South Americans and records his heroic attempts to escape the rural confines of Hunsrück in an astonishing diary that not only tells us his story but reflects the aspirations and philosophies of a whole era. Everyone who encounters Jakob is drawn into the maelstrom of his dreams: his parents, bowed and broken from years of labor making a living from the soil; his scheming and brash brother, Gustav; and above all Henriette, the fetching daughter of a gem cutter fallen on hard times. Gustav’s return from military service is destined to shatter Jakob’s world and his love for Henriette, as it symbolizes the necessary rift that will set into motion the unraveling of the regimented family Jakob is not content to allow himself to be stuffed into a mold typical of a young laborer and rebels against his tormentors by assaulting the local marshals in an attempt to stand in solidarity with a fellow revolutionary; both are cast into prison and brought near death. For a time Jakob finds a new home after his release, then another, before events beyond his control finally reunite him with his family in Schabbach. It is here that Jakob’s colorful and magnetic influence is most strongly realized, and he realizes his place in the world is not that of his dreams.

Jan Dieter Schneider

LEAD ACTOR JAN DIETER SCHNEIDER

Jan Dieter Schneider was born in 1990 in Oberwessel and grew up in Kastellaun in the Hunsrück in Germany. After studying political economics in Mannheim in 2010, he decided to study medicine at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz in 2011. He has already served several medical internships, in Arizona in the U.S., and in Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Jan is now a fifth-year medical student. While during his studies, he took part in play productions, and became the only young pupil allowed to participate in a play for senior students with the production of Sophocles' tragedy “Antigone.” He had his first film role at the age of eleven, a small scene in “Heimat 3” which, however, did not make the final cut. "Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision" is his first starring role in a film. Following "Home from Home," he continued to act in various plays and performances across Germany. He also represented "Home from Home" at international screenings and premieres in France, Italy, Brazil, and now in the U.S.

AUTUMNFEST LINEUP

SJIFF8 AutumnFest

AutumnFest will include the Central Valley Premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed documentary masterpiece, "The Look of Silence," the companion piece to his Academy Award-nominated "The Act of Killing." Winner of 25 prestigious international awards, including the Danish Academy Award (Bodil) for Best Documentary.

10:30 AM:
Shorts Showcase - Shorts program includes the encore screenings of the four winners of the juried Short Films Competition of the main 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival. Best Short Film: "Yes We Love" by Director Hallvar Witzø (15 mins., Norway). Special Jury Award for Achievement in Storytelling: "The Hyperglot" by Director Michael Urie and Screenwriter Michael Levi Harris (25 mins., USA). Special Jury Award for Achievement in Directing: "Share" by Director Pippa BIanco (11 mins., USA). Special Jury Award for Achievement in Animation: "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" by Director Konstantin Bronzit (15 mins., Russian Federation).

1:00 PM:
The Look of Silence - "Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. An optometrist named Adi decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence." Documentary Feature. Director Joshua Oppenheimer - Denmark, Norway, Finland, Indonesia, United Kingdom; 103 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

3:00 PM:
Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision (Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht)- Details above. West Coast Premiere.

8:00 PM:
Once in a Lifetime (Les héritiers) - "A dedicated history teacher at a French high school tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps." Narrative Feature. Director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar - France; 105 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

All non-English films will be presented with English subtitles.

TICKETS

Single tickets for most film programs (except for "Home from Home") are $11.00 each for general admission and $10.00 each for seniors 65+, students 26 years old or younger, and kids 6-17 years old.

Single tickets for Spotlight Film "Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision" are $15.00.

The $40.00 AutumnFest Pass grants priority entry and admission to all four film screenings at the festival. It does not include any private events nor any VIP treatment. No discounts are available for the passes.

In advance, tickets and passes can be purchased via the festival's online box office at www.sjiff.com/tickets.

During the festival, tickets (if available) will go on sale 30 minutes prior to most screenings. Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to screenings.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Founded by present-director Sophoan Sorn, the San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF) has presented over 200 screenings, featuring 400+ narrative features, documentaries and short films from master directors, auteurs and emerging filmmakers of 50+ countries since 2008. The festival provides its local community an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the best of recent noteworthy films from around the world, therefore, encouraging multi-cultural appreciation, awareness, and dialogue.

Official Website: sjiff.com

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News Archive from the Recent Festival

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
(Press Release) 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival Wrapped and Short Films Competition Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, July 22, 2015
(Press Release) "Taking Chances: 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival - August 1-2, 2015 - in Stockton, California
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8th San Joaquin International Film Festival Wrapped and Short Films Competition Winners Announced

Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stockton, California, USA - The screenings of the 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival (August 1-2, 2015) wrapped Sunday night, August 2nd, with the Northern California Premiere of "On the Road, Somewhere" ("Algún lugar") directed by Guillermo Zouain of the Dominican Republic. Despite the spontaneous time change to the summer and a compressed schedule of a two-day marathon, the festival welcomed over 800 enthusaistic filmgoers from across Stockton, San Joaquin County, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Greater Central Valley of California.

At the Closing Night program, the winners of the festival's Short Films Competition were announced. All 13 short films (30 minutes in total running time or less) were eligible for this competition.

The 2015 Short Films Competition jury members:

Jefferson Beavers, President of Fresno Filmworks, presenter of the Fresno Film Festival, which will have its 11th annual edition November 13-15, 2015. He works as a Communication Specialist in the Department of English at California State University, Fresno.

Jon Lessard, PhD, Program Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of English at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Short Films Jury and SJIFF Leaders

In Photo: SJIFF Chairman Shane Williamson, John Lessard, SJIFF Founder/Director/Curator Sophoan Sorn, Jefferson Beavers from SJIFF8 Closing Night on August 2, 2015. Photo Credit: Ryan Thompson.

WINNERS AND JURORS' STATEMENTS

Jefferson Beavers: "John and I are lucky to judge 13 short movies over the last two days. There are four that we have picked for our winners, and to connect with the theme of festival 'Taking Chances,' all four of these pictures really do that."

2015 Best Short Film

Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker)

Yes We Love

John Lessard: "It was just a brilliant use of deep space cinematography. It had a real eye for economy, so it managed to convey a lot in very little. It also had - aside from the comic elements - weightier themes tied to interdependence and independence. We thought it was a very marvelous short film."

Film Synopsis: "Four generations, each with a crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the Norwegian Independence Day."

Director: Hallvar Witzø
Starring: Johan Fredrik Bergflødt-Johannessen, Edvard Hægstad, Terje Ranes
Producer: Elisabeth Kvithyll
Screenwriter: Hallvar Witzø

Narrative Short - Norway; 15 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

2015 Special Jury Award for Achievement in Storytelling

The Hyperglot

The Hyperglot

Jefferson Beavers: "It was a very funny and very cute film. It really reveled in the absurdity of language. It was this fellow who knew many, many languages and he found himself in very strange and wonderful situations. It was a terrific story and very well edited. As my colleague John said in his comments: 'Hyperglot was really a testament to the importance of a multicultural and multilingual life.' "

Film Synopsis: "Despite his extreme talent for quickly learning and speaking different languages, a New Yorker struggles to make a romantic connection with the right woman."

Director: Michael Urie
Starring: Michael Levi Harris, Tovah Feldshuh, Kaley Ronayne, Ryan Spahn
Producers: Ryan Spahn, Meghan-Michele German, Evangel Fung
Screenwriter: Michael Levi Harris

Narrative Short - USA; 25 mins. Northern California Premiere.

2015 Special Jury Award for Achievement in Directing

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Jefferson Beavers: "Ms. Bianco is a master of the short form; claustrophobic editing and storytelling in this piece. This is a masterful work in the short film space."

Film Synopsis: "A 15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her."

Director: Pippa Bianco
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Andre Royo, Madisen Beaty, Keir Gilchrist
Producers: Tyler Byrne, Andrew Kelly, Danielle Oexmann
Screenwriter: Pippa Bianco

Narrative Short - USA; 11 mins. Northern California Premiere.

2015 Special Jury Award for Achievement in Animation

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

John Lessard: "I felt that the film combined sentiment with irony and humor. It provides an interesting commentary on Russia's Soviet past and homophobic present. The story of friendship between the men doubles the love story of space with the love of others. The film is about the cosmos and is also about cosmopolitanism."

Film Synopsis: "Two cosmonaut friends try to do their best while training to make their shared dream come true. But this story isn't just about their dream."

Director and Animator: Konstantin Bronzit
Producer: Alexander Boyarsky
Screenwriter: Konstantin Bronzit

Animated Short - Russian Federation; 15 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

SPECIAL NOTES

Konstantin Bronzit's Academy Award-nominated Lavatory Lovestory screened at the 2009 San Joaquin International Film Festival.

Hallvar Witzø's Student Academy Award winner Tuba Atlantic screened at the 2012 San Joaquin International Film Festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Founded by present-director Sophoan Sorn, the San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF) has presented over 200 screenings, featuring 400+ narrative features, documentaries and short films from master directors, auteurs and emerging filmmakers of 50+ countries since 2008. The festival provides its local community an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the best of recent noteworthy films from around the world, therefore, encouraging multi-cultural appreciation, awareness, and dialogue.

Official Website: sjiff.com

2015 PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Lead Partners:
- University of the Pacific
- University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
- Visit Stockton

Supporting Sponsors and Partners:
- Caravan News
- Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
- Emily Ballus
- Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County
- Mile Wine Company
- The Office of Jeffrey F. Gamboni Landscape Architect
- San Joaquin County Office of Education
- Ulmer Photo

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Taking Chances: 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival - August 1-2, 2015 - in Stockton, California

Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SJIFF 2015 Films

Stockton, California, USA - A vibrant lineup of 22 noteworthy narrative features, documentaries, and short films - from 17 countries - will screen at the 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival. August 1-2, 2015 at the Janet Leigh Theatre, located on the campus of University of the Pacific (3601 Pacific Avenue in Stockton, California).

- Introduction by festival director, founder, and curator Sophoan Sorn:
"Taking Chances is the bold theme of the 2015 San Joaquin International Film Festival, with stories of bravery, perseverance, wisdom, and wit, to overcome the obstacles of life. This year's festival is presented in a marathon style, with two full days and nights of cinematic adventure. Pantelis Voulgaris’s familial drama, Little England, tells of two sisters on a Greek island, their love for one man, and their future stifled by secrets and tradition. In Claudio Marcone's feature debut, In the Grayscale, a Chilean man, who is married with a wife and child, faces the challenging acknowledgment of his sexual identity. In Mark Nikolas’s Nefertiti’s Daughters, we gain insight into the lives of street artists who are fighting for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today. In the animated wonder, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet - the passion project of Salma Hayek, directed by Roger Allers, and based on the famed and beloved book by the great Lebanese-American poet - we experience the power, the perseverance, and the struggles of the human expression."

The PDF version of the 2015 Festival Guide can be downloaded here.

HEADLINERS

Aug. 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Opening Night Film
Little England (Mikra Anglia) - "1930, Andros, a Greek island. 20-year-old Orsa is passionately in love with sailor Spyros Maltabes. Her mother's priority is to marry off her daughters to wealthy husbands. She turns down Spyros’ marriage proposal for Orsa, as he comes from a humble background. Years later, Spyros returns as an accomplished captain and marries Orsa's sister, Moscha. In the wake of World War II, cruel games of fate reveal secrets." Starring Penelope Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Andreas Konstantinou. Winner of 6 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Film. Narrative Feature. Director Pantelis Voulgaris - Greece; 132 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Aug. 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM - Centerpiece
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet - "Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa, but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion." Based on the celebrated book from Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, that sold over 100 million copies in 40 languages. The voices of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina. Official Selection, Festival de Cannes. Animated Narrative Feature. Director Roger Allers - Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar, USA; 85 mins. Rated PG. California Premiere.

Aug. 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM - Closing Night Film
On the Road, Somewhere (Algún lugar) - "About to finish high school teenagers Oliver, Moises, and Hemingway go on an emotive journey through the Dominican Republic in search of their life calling." Starring Victor Alfonso, Javier Grullón, Arnold Martínez. Official Selection, Miami International Film Festival. Narrative Feature. Director Guillermo Zouain - Dominican Republic; 71 mins. Northern California Premiere.

DOCS

Aug. 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll - "The twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide." Documentary Feature. Director John Pirozzi - Cambodia, USA, France; 107 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Aug. 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Janey Makes a Play - "A captivating ninety-year-old woman rallies her small town of Rio Vista, California, to create a theatre production about the Great Depression amidst the real erosion of the town's local economy." Documentary Feature. Director Jared Callahan - USA; 80 min. Central Valley Premiere with Janey Callahan-Chin and other special guest from the film, in person. Jared Callahan is a former Lodi resident and alumnus of Tokay High School.

Aug. 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Nefertiti's Daughters - "The iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti places her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedoms in Egypt today." Documentary Featurette. Director Mark Nickolas - USA, Egypt; 40 mins. California Premiere.

FEATURES

Aug. 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Human Capital (Il capitale umano) - "The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve." Starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni. Winner of 7 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film. Narrative Feature. Director Paolo Virzì - Italy; 111 mins.

Aug. 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM - LGBTQ Spotlight
In the Grayscale (En la gama de los grises) - "An architect in Santiago, Chile, with a nice family and a good job, decides to leave his wife to be alone and to find his true self." Starring Emilio Edwards, Francisco Celhay, Sergio Hernández. Winner, Best First Feature, 2015 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. Narrative Feature. Director Claudio Marcone - Chile; 98 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Aug. 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Unlikely Heroes (Schweizer Helden) - "In order to win the respect of her friends and family, divorced housewife Sabine decides to perform William Tell with a group of asylum seekers in the Swiss mountains." Starring Esther Gemsch, Karim Rahoma, Komi Togbonou. Winner, Audience Award, 2014 Locarno International Film Festival. Narrative Feature. Director Peter Luisi - Switzerland; 94 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

SHORTS PROGRAM 2015: FACE TO FACE
Aug. 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

The Answers - "A man wakes up in the afterlife with the answers to all the questions he’s ever had." Starring Daniel Lissing, Rose McIver. Winner, Best Live Action Short, 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Narrative Short. Director Michael Goode - USA; 8 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Bear Story (Historia de un oso) - "Through a tin marionette theater of his own making, a bear tells his life story." Winner, IndieJunior Award, IndieLisboa. Animated Short. Director Gabriel Osorio - Chile; 10 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

The Hyperglot - "Despite his extreme talent for quickly learning and speaking different languages, a New Yorker struggles to make a romantic connection with the right woman." Starring Michael Levi Harris, Tovah Feldshuh, Kaley Ronayne, Ryan Spahn. Narrative Short. Director Michael Urie - USA; 25 mins. Northern California Premiere.

In the Clouds (En las nubes) - "An exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube." Starring Valeria Blanc, Jeremy Glazer. Winner, Clover and Maggie Award, 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. Narrative Short. Director Marcelo Mitnik - Argentina; 21 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Stay Awake - "Brothers, a mother, songs from the seventies, Xanax, and a woman named Vicki." Starring Owen Campbell, David Rysdahl, Rebecca Harris. Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short, 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. Narrative Short. Director Jamie Sisley - USA; 14 mins. West Coast Premiere.

We Can't Live Without Cosmos - "Two cosmonaut friends try to do their best while training to make their shared dream come true. But this story isn't just about their dream." Winner, Cristal for a Short Film, 2015 Annecy International Animation Festival. Animated Short. Director Konstantin Bronzit - Russian Federation; 15 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker) - "Four generations, each with a crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the Norwegian Independence Day." Starring Johan Fredrik Bergflødt-Johannessen, Edvard Hægstad, Terje Ranes. Winner, Short Film Special Distinction Award, 2014 Festival de Cannes. Narrative Short. Director Hallvar Witzø - Norway; 15 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

SPECIAL SHORTS
A special roster of short films will precede select feature-length films in this year's festival.

In the LGBTQ Spotlight program, three short films will precede "In the Grayscale" (Aug. 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM)

Aban + Khorshid - "Two forbidden lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution." Starring Mojean Aria, Bobby Naderi. Winner, Special Jury Award, 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. Narrative Short. Director Darwin Serink - USA; 15 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Barrio Boy - "A secretly gay barber falls in love with a stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood." Starring Andrew Flores, Dennis Garcia, Dan Leonard. Narrative Short. Director Dennis Shinners - USA; 8 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Charlotte - "Alex, excited to have befriended the popular girl at school, will do anything to stay in her good graces." Starring Zayden Bates, Brianna Cormier, Denise Boutte. Narrative Short. Director Angel Kristi Williams - USA; 11 mins. Northern California Premiere.

Before "Nefertiti's Daughters" (Aug. 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM)

Listen - "Copenhagen. A police station. A foreign woman, wearing a burqa, is there with her young son to file a complaint. Yet, it seems the translator is not willing to report what she is telling." Starring Amira Helene Larsen, Yusuf Kamal El-Ali, Zeinab Rahal. Winner, Best Narrative Short, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Narrative Short. Directors Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni - Denmark, Finland; 13 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Before "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll" (Aug. 2, 1:00 PM)

Cambodia 2099 - "Phnom Penh, Cambodia. On Diamond Island, the country's pinnacle of modernity, two friends tell each other about the dreams they had the night before." Starring Kavich Neang, Sotha Kun, Sothea Vann. Narrative Short. Director Davy Chou - France, Cambodia; 21 mins. Central Valley Premiere.

Before "On the Road, Somewhere" (Aug. 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM)

Share - "A 15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her." Starring Taissa Farmiga, Andre Royo, Madisen Beaty, Keir Gilchrist. Winner, 1st Prize Cinéfondation, 2015 Festival de Cannes. Narrative Short. Director Pippa Bianco - USA; 11 mins. Northern California Premiere.

JURIED AWARDS

All short films at SJIFF8 are eligible for the juried Short Films Competition. A special jury will be announced in the week of the festival.

MIDNIGHT PARTY

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:30 PM
at Mile Wine Company
(2113 Pacific Avenue, Stockton)

Following the LGBTQ Spotlight film In the Grayscale, a celebratory event featuring complimentary appetizers, no-host bar, and live music. Open to all Festival ticketholders, passholders, and invited guests. Minimum age to attend is 21. Limited capacity.

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM
at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
(110 West Fremont Street, Stockton)

In collaboration with the Hotel, the 8th Festival will finish with a fabulous party. Attendees are treated to a celebratory evening, mingling with festival guests and fellow film lovers, while savoring an array of appetizers and drinks. Minimum age to attend is 21. Admission includes reception and 1 drink ticket. No-host bar. $25.00 Closing Night Film + Party package includes a ticket to On the Road, Somewhere. Single tickets to the party are $20.00 each.

TICKETS

Single tickets for all films are $11.00 each for general admission and $10.00 each for seniors 65+, students 26 years old or younger, and kids 6-17 years old.

Closing Night film and party package is $25.00 each. Patron must be 21 years old or older to purchase.

The $100.00 Festival Pass grants priority entry and admission to all 10 film screenings at the festival. It does not include any parties nor any VIP treatment. No discounts are available for the festival passes.

In advance, tickets and passes can be purchased via the festival's online box office at www.sjiff.com/tickets.

During the festival, tickets (if available) will go on sale 30 minutes prior to most screenings. Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to most screenings. For Little England, Don't Think I've Forgotten, and Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet, tickets go on sale 45 minutes prior.

NEW POLICIES

- No children under 6 years old will be admitted to the festival.
- At appropriate screenings or events, children between the ages of 6 and 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- No babes in arms.
- Children must be at least 13 years of age in order to be issued, or use, a festival ticket or pass.
- Some events have age restrictions: Both Saturday's Midnight Party and Sunday's Closing Night Party will only admit individuals of 21 years of age and older. The screening of "In the Grayscale" only admits individuals of 18 years of age and older.
- As for ratings, most of the films are new, international, or independently released, and have not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). We urge parentsto carefully review the film descriptions in the program guide and use their discretion in determining age appropriateness.

Credits for all images in this press release are courtesy of their respective rights-owners.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Founded by present-director Sophoan Sorn, the San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF) is the Valley’s leading annual celebration of contemporary world cinema. Since the festival began in 2008, over 200 screenings, featuring 400+ narrative features, documentaries and short films from master directors, auteurs and emerging filmmakers of 50+ countries have been presented at venues across the northern Central Valley. The festival provides its local community an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the best of recent noteworthy films from around the world, therefore, encouraging multi-cultural appreciation, awareness, and dialogue.

Official Website: sjiff.com

2015 PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Lead Partners:
- University of the Pacific
- University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
- Visit Stockton

Supporting Sponsors and Partners:
- Caravan News
- Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
- Emily Ballus
- Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County
- Mile Wine Company
- The Office of Jeffrey F. Gamboni Landscape Architect
- San Joaquin County Office of Education
- Ulmer Photo

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KWIN July 30 2015

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, on 97.7 98.3 KWIN radio, Festival Director Sophoan Sorn spoke with The Morning Block Party show hosts Amanda King and Lucas about the 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival.

Watch the Interview

Fox40 June 15 2015

On Monday, June 15, 2015, on FOX40 News, Festival Director Sophoan Sorn shared with Paul Robins and Christianne Klein the headlining films of the 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival.

Watch the Interview

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Press Contact

Sophoan Sorn, Director
sjfilmfest@gmail.com

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