2016 Fresno Film Festival

Synopsis & Film Details

The 2016 Fresno Film Festival, presented by Fresno Filmworks at the historic Tower Theatre, will feature eight exclusive feature-length movies from 15 different countries, including special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings, and Q&A discussions.  The festival is made possible by the generosity of 42 community sponsors and 70+ current Filmworks members.

Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $50. Tickets and passes can be purchased starting soon online and at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave.


PROGRAM #1 — 7 p.m.
A celebration of the universal power of music,
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma
and the Silk Road Ensemble,

with opening night champange reception to follow with food from Casa de Tamales and Between the Sheets Baklava.


PROGRAM #2 — 11 a.m.
A delightful new adaptation of the classic story,

PROGRAM #3 — 2 p.m.
The humorous, heartwarming best-selling novel comes to life,
A Man Called Ove

PROGRAM #4 — 5:45 p.m.
Sundance Award-winning Bedouin family drama,
Sand Storm

PROGRAM #5 — 8 p.m.
A heartwarming story of an aged actor and his young caretaker bonding over Shakespeare,
The Carer
Featuring Q&A with director János Edelényi


PROGRAM #6 — 1 p.m.
Granddaughter’s quest to save beloved olive tree,
The Olive Tree

PROGRAM #7 — 4 p.m.
Shattering stereotypes: Palestinian women race car team!
Speed Sisters

PROGRAM #8 — 7 p.m.
A manhunt for the acclaimed Chilean politician and poet,
with special appearance by US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
followed by our closing night party across the street at Fresno Music Academy & Arts with food from Papi’s Mex Grill (closing night party is open to festival passholders, sponsors, and volunteers)