Sonoma Fest Fetes Lasseter

Two-time Oscar winning director/producer John Lasseter will be honored for his work with Pixar at the 10 Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival. Presented by the Sonoma Valley Film Society, the celebration of film, food and fine wine is scheduled to take place April 11-15 in California’s wine country.

The salute to Lasseter will feature appearances and toasts from his creative collaborators, friends and other industry luminaries as the fest celebrates the director of such beloved animated features as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Cars. As the creative heart of Pixar, Lasseter also served as exec producer on such blockbusters as Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. He is currently overseeing production on Ratatouille, which is slated to hit theaters n 2007, and is gearing up to direct the third Toy Story movie.

The Sonoma Valley Film Fest will screen more than 75 films from around the world, including Lasseter’s Toy Story. The program director tells us they’re very keen on animation and would love to receive more animated entries. Submissions can be made online at www.withoutabox.com before Dec. 15. For more information on the festival, go to www.sonomafilmfest.org.