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We hope you will join us in March as we hit the road for these upcoming events from the South Coast to Southern California


On Monday, March 2, we return to Point Arena for a special screening of Elvis and Anabelle at Arena Theater at 7:00 pm. Writer/Director Will Geiger (a local filmmaker and member of the Mendocino Film Festival Advisory Board) will participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for teens, and are available through Arena Theater. Admission is free for Arena Theater Film Club and Mendocino Film Festival members.


On March 3, Mendocino Film Festival and John Dixon present a benefit for the production of OF THE SEA: A Film About California Fishermen a documentary by local filmmaker Mischa Hedges.

This by-invitation event features an evening of film clips and delicacies of the sea, caught by local fishermen, prepared by local chefs, and paired with Mendocino wines and beer.

A sneak preview of OF THE SEA will screen at the 10th Anniversary Mendocino Film Festival.

Partners: Glendeven Inn, The Inn at Cobbler's Walk, Bistro 150, Taka's Grill, Wild Fish, Hog Island Oyster Co., Pacific Rim Seafood, Nelson Family Vineyards, Alder Springs Vineyard, 49 Crows, California Caviar and North Coast Brewing Company.

See the trailer for OF THE SEA

Read more


Join us on Friday, March 6, as we return to Visit Mendocino County (345 N. Franklin St.) in Fort Bragg for First Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Meet and mingle with the team and enjoy North Coast Brewing Company beer, Mendocino wines, and small bites. Learn about our plans for the Tenth Anniversary Mendocino Film Festival, including an expanded program at Coast Cinemas. And, while you're in the area, be sure to check out Fort Bragg's fine galleries and their First Friday receptions highlighting the work of renowned local artists.

75th Anniversary of Seabiscuit's Historic Win

On March 7, our very own Executive Director Michael Fox is off to the races! He will represent Mendocino at Santa Anita Park as a guest of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation for the 75th Anniversary of Seabiscuit's historic victory.

On this momentous occasion, a new field of competitors will run the Santa Anita Handicap, and to the victor go the spoils: along with glory and accolades, the winner will receive a prize presented by our friends from the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation in honor of Seabiscuit's legacy.

As part of our partnership with the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, we are delighted to announce that our 2015 Willits program will feature two screening venues; Ridgewood Ranch and Noyo Theatre (also celebrating 75 years). Ridgewood Ranch will host an equestrian film series, featuring stories that exemplify the spirit of Seabiscuit.

Read more about our Willits program and the March 7 event.

Read more about the 75th Anniversary Celebrations at Santa Anita Park.

The Shorts Go On The Road

On Friday, March 20, the Mendocino Film Festival's award-winning 2014 Short Films Program travels to Healdsburg for a special encore presentation at the Paul Mahder Gallery as part of the Healdsburg Flix Mix program at 7:30 pm.

Join us Friday as we celebrate the start of a beautiful friendship and our first foray outside Mendocino County with a reception and screening in the heart of Healdsburg. The Short Films Program will also screen at the Paul Mahder Gallery on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 pm.

Read more about the weekend's program.

Read more about our partnership with Healdsburg Flix Mix.

Tickets are $11 and are available on Eventbrite.

10th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars: Our Cinema in the Vineyards program kicks off the 10th Anniversary Mendocino Film Festival May 22 - 24 in Philo,followed by our 10th Anniversary Celebration May 28 - 31, featuring festivities around the county


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