Festival passes cost $50. Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.
This year's lineup emphasizes international selections and film festival favorites. The programs include six feature-length and 15 short films from 21 different countries -- and all from independent distributors and all exclusive to the Central Valley's big screens.
Friday, the festival kicks off with the movie "Mustang." Turkish-french filmmaker created the impassioned coming-of-age drama to show a heartfelt perspective on the treatment of women in a socially regressive environment. With their long, dark tresses and defiant attitudes, five young sisters in a remote, coastal Turkish village symbolize the freeing spirits of this poignant film's namesake: Mustang. What starts as the beginning of a fun summer quickly turns into an end of freedoms for the sisters. The girls soon find themselves in a culturally repressed home and present a united front to head off any attempts to be "tamed."
Then on Saturday another great film "The Cut" will play. The story of a father who miraculously survives the Armenian Genocide and goes on a quest to reunite with his displaced daughters. It was a Venice Film Festival favorite. The screening will feature a question and answer session with Armenian American screenwriter Mardik Martin, a Hollywood veteran who co-wrote multiple screenplays with Martin Scorsese and has taught at the prestigious USC film school.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. will bring the Central Valley premiere of the Sundance Film Festival short film tour program, which features six of the world's best examples of short-form cinema from this year's Sundance festival.
The festival closes Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with the American Independent Documentary "Steve Jobs: the Man in the Machine." Veteran filmmaker Alex Gibney takes a true, unflinching, and difficult look at the late Steve Jobs, the iconic high-tech legend who continues to attract Hollywood's imagination and whose works serves as a benchmark of Silicon Valley innovation.