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Your Ultimate Guide to the Mendocino Film Festival

Do you love movies? Who doesn’t? What if we told you that you could be one of the first to see some of the best new films by some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry? Attend the Mendocino Film Festival to see a selection of award-winning films. This highly anticipated event happens every spring right here in Mendocino!

You can start planning your spring vacation around the Mendocino Film Festival with the help of our free Vacation Guide. We’ve created this guide to help cut down the stress and time it takes to plan a trip. Request our guide, and you’ll see that it includes top-notch restaurants, attractions, outdoor adventures, and entertainment in the Mendocino area. Our coastal town offers the most beautiful beaches, colorful gardens, and relaxing activities. What are you waiting for? Let’s start planning!

Mendocino Film Festival

Attend the Mendocino Film Festival, and you can see a variety of films from the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and several award-winning independent and international films!

Attend a Long Weekend of Special Events


Not only will you have the opportunity to see these fantastic films, but you can also attend several special events throughout the festival! It all starts with a kick-off party on Day 1. Sponsors and VIP members kick off the festivities with hors-d’oeuvres and live music!


On Day 2 of the festival, you can attend the Opening Night Film and Jury Awards. Members, sponsors, and filmmakers get complimentary tickets, and the general public can purchase tickets. It’s sure to be a glamorous night of awards,  film screening, food, and wine complimentary of Scharffenberger Cellars!


Get ready for a lavish evening on Friday, and attend the Festival Gala and Chef Showcase. Don’t be surprised if you run into celebrities and filmmakers as you indulge in the most exquisite gourmet food and wines Mendocino has to offer.


Saturday is the filmmakers’ time to unwind and have fun! This party in Fort Bragg is exclusively for the filmmakers and other special guests.

Filmmaker Lounge

On the corner of Kasten and Ukiah streets, guests can stop by the Filmmaker Lounge for refreshments between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with the filmmakers and admire displays from local artisans!

Mendo After Dark

The fun doesn’t end after the last film screening each night! From Friday night to Sunday night, you have the opportunity to keep the energy going and head over to a local pub or wine tasting room! What better way to unwind and chat about the films of the day than with some after-parties?

The Wrap Party

The long weekend of festivities doesn’t end until after the last applause! During the wrap party, the most deserving film earns the Audience Choice Award.Then, enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and delicious food in celebration of a phenomenal film festival in Mendocino!

Relax at the Best Northern California Accommodations

After a day of festivities at the Mendocino film festival, you’ll need a comfortable place to unwind and recharge. Our accommodations at Inn at Schoolhouse Creek offer premium amenities like breathtaking ocean views, free WiFi, private decks, eco-friendly bathroom amenities, and much more. You can even bring your furry friends along as all of our rooms and cottages are pet-friendly!

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Exciting events, luxury experiences, and thrilling adventures await on the Mendocino Coast. So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and reserve the accommodation that best fits your style!