A. As of the 2nd Annual ITSAFF, the festival is FREE to screen short films, attend workshops, attend guest speaker panels, and awards. There is a small fee to attend special presentations and filmmaker events (filmmakers who have films screening during the festival receive 2 FREE passes for filmmaker events).
Q. When and where is the next ITSA Film Festival?
A. The Annual ITSAFF takes place the second full weekend every November in Historic Downtown Sonora, California (just outside of Yosemite National Park).Q. When is the schedule of events be announced?
A. The schedule is announced a month before the festival.
Q. Is there a theme of the Festival?
A. While the ITSA Film Festival has no overall theme we have introduced a ‘horror film segment’ referred to as REEL SCARY.
Q. What is ITSA?
A. ITSA Film Festival was launched as a way to support youth filmmakers as well as generate publicity for up-and-coming and established short filmmakers. We feel that short films are the stepping stone for all filmmakers.
Q. Are Festival venues wheelchair accessible?
A. Wheelchair accessibility at each of the venues varies. The main venue is the Historic Sonora Opera Hall where all films are being screened. Additional venues as needed are announced each year.
Q. What sort of weather should I expect during the Festival?
A. Temperatures are typically mild during this time of year but we are known to have the occasional rain, so remember to bring appropriate footwear and we suggest that you dress in layers.
Q. What is the best way to get around Tuolumne County?
A. The Festival itself takes place in Historic Downtown Sonora so everything is within walking distance. The county overall is known for it’s beautiful scenery which is why so many television series and films have been done here. So if you plan on exploring outside of Sonora (which we highly recommend) for the personal experience we recommend a private/rental vehicle. The county also has great public transportation available. It includes an affordable YARTS bus directly to Yosemite National Park as well as a local trolley system and other types of transportation that you can find out more about on Tuolumne County Transit’s website.
Q. How do I purchase tickets for the Workshops?
A. Workshops are FREE so you just need to show up.
Q. Is lodging affordable?
A. We have scheduled the Festival so that it takes place during a non-tourist season. This allows everyone from out of town to reserve affordable lodging within walking distance of the Festival. Recommended hotels are: Heritage Inn Yosemite / Sonora, and the Best Western.
Q. What else is there to do in Sonora and Tuolumne County besides the Festival?
A. Since Tuolumne County is famous for it’s filming locations there is quite a bit to do. Jamestown boasts Railtown 1897 which houses the well-known train that has starred in many films and TV series including Back to the Future. Columbia State Historic Park is a well-maintained quaint historic western town that was the backdrop for High Noon and numerous other films. Yosemite National Park is only 1.5 hours from Sonora and there are lots of outdoor activities to partake in that include boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and many others.
Q. Are there any employment opportunities at the ITSA Film Festival?
A. Volunteers make up the blood and guts for bringing the Festival to life. If you are interested in volunteering please CONTACT US today.