Petaluma Film Alliance is a program of the SRJC Foundation dedicated to building community through the art of film. Santa Rosa Junior College, community businesses and individual members partner together to create year around film programs with an emphasis on film education. PFA also offers regular internship opportunities for students to gain experience in programming and festival management at the Petaluma campus cinematheque and Film Fest Petaluma, the city’s annual short film festival.
PFA produces three major programs:
1. Petaluma Cinema Series: Wednesday night screenings from September through May of classic, foreign and independent films in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at the SRJC Petaluma Campus with guests, lectures and post-screening discussions.
2. Film Fest Petaluma: an annual film festival held the first weekend of May at Petaluma’s historic Mystic Theatre featuring the best new short films from around the world with filmmakers in conversation. Entries for the festival are accepted via FilmFreeway until early March.
3. Sonoma County Student Film Festival: an annual film festival held the first weekend of April featuring the best student work from schools throughout Sonoma County. Entries for the festival are accepted via FilmFreeway until early March.