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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2021 Plans

SBIFF announced that it is planning an elaborate build-out of two beachside drive-in theatres for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG®, occurring March 31 - April 10, 2021. The drive-in theatres will be presented by Toyota Mirai and be hosted at Santa Barbara City College. They will include 80+ film screenings, all offered for FREE. RSVPing prior to arriving will be required.     “It’s imperative we bring a sense of hop...

SBIFF's Maltin Modern Master Award announced!

  BILL MURRAY MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON Academy Award-nominated actor and American film legend Bill Murray is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 36th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Murray will be honored on Friday, April 2nd for his long-standing contributions to the film industry, most recently in the role of Felix Keane in Sofia Coppola’s ON THE ROCKS opposite Rashida Jones...

Amanda Seyfried to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito Award

AMANDA SEYFRIED MONTECITO AWARD: FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021   Amanda Seyfried will receive the Montecito Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Seyfried will be honored on Friday, April 9th and will be recognized for her impressive career and performance in David Fincher’s MANK from Netflix, for which she recently received Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice nominations.   “Amanda gives one of the best performances of 2020 in &q...

SBIFF's Virtuosos Award announced!

  We are thrilled to announce the recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue. Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)...

Sacha Baron Cohen set to receive the SBIFF Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

Sacha Baron Cohen will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. SACHA BARON COHEN   OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021 ...

Delroy Lindo of Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS set to receive SBIFF’s American Riviera Award

Delroy Lindo is set to receive the illustrious American Riviera Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Lindo will be honored on Thursday, April 8th and will be recognized for his many attributes to the art of film over the years, and most recently, his work in Spike Lee’s DA 5 BLOODS from Netflix.  "I've been a big fan of Delroy since I saw him on stage on August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" in 1988.  H...

Santa Barbara Fest Student Showcase-in-Place Winners Announced!

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever online student film festival showcasing the work of local high school and college students.   The event was created to address the fact that area student filmmakers were going to miss out on screening their films publicly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to give these students a platform to do just that.   “We are thrilled with how our first online student film festival ...

VIDEO: SBIFF Staff Memories – on Bohemian Rhapsody

  Watch SBIFF Cinema Society Clip 1 of "Bohemian Rhapsody" Q&A with Rami Malek CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 7: I Need to be a Part of This By Luca Schoch, SBIFF Riviera Theatre Manager I remember the day when I first visited the remodeled Riviera Theatre as if it were yesterday. As I walked up to the edge of the balcony I was just astounded by the passion that had been put into creating this gem of a theatre for the S...

SBIFF Staff Memories – Will Smith: "Wake Up Every Day and Do Good"

  Watch SBIFF 2006 Modern Master Award honoring Will Smith – CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 3: Wake Up Every Day and Do Good By Mickey Duzdevich, Senior Programmer Now, this is a memory all about how, I ended up staying in this here town, And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you about the night we honored the prince of Bel Air. I started working for SBIFF back in 2006. I planned on it being a short-term jo...

SBIFF Staff Memories – Episode 2

  Watch SBIFF 2012 Virtuoso Award honoring Andy Serkis – CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 2: This is Gonna be Great By Benjamin Goedert, Development Director I first started working with SBIFF in 2012 as an intern of the development department. During the film festival I was one of the lucky interns assigned to escort talent from their seats to the stage during the Virtuosos Award tribute. This particular year’s ...

SBIFF Staff Memories – First Impressions

Dear friends, "I've asked the staff to come up with memories and anecdotes about events during their tenure at SBIFF and put them in writing to share with you. Twice weekly you will be receiving candid and introspective recollections from them - including a link to panels, tributes and events they're recalling." – Roger Durling Watch 2011 SBIFF Directors Panel – CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 1: First Impressions By Audrey Arn, Programme...

Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho director of Parasite discusses his NEXT projects at SBIFF 2020

Parasite Director Award winner of the year Interview by Stuart Macnaught & Guy Kennedy      Bong has joined HBO’s adaptation of “Parasite” as executive producer along with Adam McKay. “It will be a five to six-episode limited series; no season 2 or 3. We are developing it as a dense black comedy/crime series that thoroughly explores the rich-poor gap of our time,” said Bong. "Thank you for watching"  Bo...

Best moments and videos from Santa Barbara 2020 was covering live from Santa Barbara with pictures and videos. Photography by Mark Bennett   Herewith our coverage of the 35th Santa Barbara Film Festival     _____________ RED CARPET MOMENTS AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS  BONG JOON HO Director of Parasite Laura Dern interviewed at SBIFF - 2020 Oscar Winner Filmed and interviewed by Guy Kennedy & Stuart MacNaught at the SBIFF Red Carpet 2020 ...  ...

Laura Dern interviewed at SBIFF - 2020 Oscar Winner

Filmed and interviewed by Guy Kennedy & Stuart MacNaught at the SBIFF Red Carpet 2020 ...

Interview with the team of James vs his future self

JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL 2020   By Emmanuel Itier and Roxanna Bina     What if, one day, as you seat in a taxi minding your own business a version of yourself from the Future is about to confront you!? Well, this is the beginning of the new time travel mind explosive journey directed by Jeremy LaLonde. In the lead is actor Jonas Chernick who wrote and produced with Jeremy this fantastic independent feature to be released soon all over the USA an...

Interview with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk for The Haunted Swordsman screening at SBIFF

    THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN   By Emmanuel Itier Santa Barbara Film Festival 2020.     When a passionate puppet animator meets Lisa Henson, daughter of legendary Jim Henson (The Muppets, Dark Crystal, Sesame Streets) you get a fantastic visionary endeavor: the short film ‘The Haunted Swordsman’ which just played at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We sat down with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk (

Interview with the filmmakers of THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE at Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020

Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw (THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE documentary) selected at Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020 Interview with Emmanuel Iitier The 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival ( just completed another splendid year with an amazing programming of mesmerizing features and inspiring documentaries. One of these documentaries that caught my interest was the American project written, produced and directed by two maverick men: Darroch Greer and...

"Jennifer Anniston picked my award by mistake; I have her's lets have a date to swap"

Richard Hobert's The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son) won the audience award at SBIFF 2020 he revealed in an exclusive interview to a personal story we cannot resist sharing (with his approval) Interview by Guy Kennedy ...

VIDEO Interview with Santa Barbara Festival audience award winner Richard Hobert

SBIFF Audience Choice Award from The Santa Barbara Independent: Richard Hobert's The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son) Exclusive interview for       It´s the late 1800s and birdcatcher Esmar and his wife Johanna are trying to survive on the harsh cliffs of the Faroe Islands. Local law dictates that unless they have a son, an heir to the hold of the land, they will be evicted. When Johanna gives birth to their...

VIDEO: Brad Pitt Honored with Maltin Modern Master Award at 35th SBIFF 2020

Picture Mark Bennett   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (January 23, 2020) - Day 8 of the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented by UGG featured a sold-out tribute to Brad Pitt, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award for his long standing contributions to the film industry, most recently gracing the silver screen in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood from Columbia Pictures and Ad Astra for New Regency.  &nbs...

VIDEO: Congratulations to ALL the Winners at the 35th Santa Barbara with our interview of Richard Hobert

"It’s been a wonderful 35 years celebrating international cinema as well as our local roots.  We are grateful for all of the staff, volunteers, audiences and filmmakers that were able to join us at SBIFF to come together as a community to celebrate over 200 films - forge a sense of community and love that defies boundary,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. Also announced today were the award winning films for the 35th Festival at a breakfast held in their ho...

VIDEO SBIFF Closing Night moments and speeches

Roger Durling thanks the audience for their support as Los Angeles Times named SBIFF as one of the TOP TEN Festivals in the USA   ...

VIDEO: follow us on the star studded red carpet at Santa Barbara Film Fest

Impressive line up of stars on the red carpet in Santa Barbara, was there to capture the moment. Check the amazing photo gallery featuring Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Renee Zellwegger, Brad Pitt, christopher Lyod, Bong Joon Ho, Taron Egerton...Mark Bennnett Photography and video interviews with Bradd Pitt...           Interview by Stuart McNaught and photography by Mark Bennett             ...

Laura Dern Follows big SAG Win and Golden Globe with Glittery Cinema Vanguard at SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   SANTA BARBARA,CA (1/22/2020): It was the kind of Dream Weekend most actors will never experience; after SAG Awards on Friday night, by Tuesday, Laura Dern was picking up a glitzy tribute prize in Santa Barbara for life achievement.  And there’s something so very ‘Laura Dern’ in the way Laura Dern parses her acceptance speech sentences, as distinctive as her onscreen persona. This master-stroke in del...


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