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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.


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VIDEO: SBIFF's American Riviera Award to Kristen Stewart

 Kristen Stewart on the Santa Barbara red carpet Visit SBIFF's Youtube page to see the highlights from our tribute to Kristen Stewart where she discussed her past work including Panic Room, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Into the Wild, Adventureland, Still Alice, The Runaways, Twilight, Happiest Season, Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, and this year's Oscar nominated performance in Pablo Larrain's Spencer. The event concluded with the award presentation by Charl...

VIDEO: Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at SBIFF

Performers of the year award recipients at SBIFF 2022. King Richard is a 2021 American biographical sports drama film directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by Zach Baylin. It follows the life of Richard Williams, the father and coach of famed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, who were executive producers of the film. It stars Will Smith in the title role, with Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, and Jon Bernthal. ...

VIDEO: SBIFF 2022 Cinema Vanguard Award to Benedict Cumberbatch

  SBIFF 2022 Cinema Vanguard Award to Benedict Cumberbatch who lead the cast of award winner POWER OF THE DOG by Jane Campion One of the strong Oscar challengers   Following Cumberbatch’s conversation with Hammond, Jane Campion presented him with the Cinema Vanguard Award. When presenting, Campion told Cumberbatch, “Every generation has their wunderkinds. First there was Olivier, then there was Daniel Day Lewis… and now there is you...

SBIFF Interview wit the team behind Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic

SEXTORTION: THE HIDDEN PANDEMIC SBIFF 2022   With: Director/producer/editor Maria Demeshknina Peek, Producer Stephen Peek, special-agent Homeland Security Paul Wolpert, Executive director of ‘National center for missing and exploited children’ Lindsey Olson and ‘Million Kids’ CEO Opal Singleton. Interview by Emmanuel Itier This is the true nightmare of any responsible parent: having your daughter or son being the victim of a sexual cyber predator. With chi...

SBIFF Interview with Aude Pépin, director of the documentary "A la Vie"

À LA VIE SBIFF 2022 With Director: Aude Pépin Interview by Emmanuel Itier Aude Pépin may not have graduated from a film school nor directed anything before this first doc: ‘A La Vie’, but she proves she was born a talented artist with the perfect instinct when it comes to approach a very sensistive subject matter such as the birth of our children and what mothers go through afterwards. ‘A la Vie’ is an ode to life indeed, a poetic dramatic and...

SBIFF 2022 closed with a special screening of DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER

  THE 37TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  WRAPS UP WITH OSCAR NOMINATED WOMEN’S PANEL AND A SCREENING OF DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER    (Photo Credit: Getty/Santa Barbara International Film Festival)   [Director Dave Wooley at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival] (Photo Credit: Getty/Santa Barbara International Film Festival)   The 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by ...

2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival AWARDS

2022 SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNING FILMS ANNOUNCED   The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, is excited to announce the award-winning films for the 37th edition. Awards were announced at a ceremony this morning hosted by Maune Contemporary Gallery in Santa Barbara with Jury and Filmmakers in attendance.   "We are so thrilled to have had our slate of 200 films from 54 countries so well-received by festivalgo...

VIDEO: Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman honored at SBIFF with Maltin Modern Master Award

The final tribute of the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a tribute to Academy Award winners, Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman, who received the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award. Bardem and Kidman were recognized for their long-standing contributions to the film industry, most recently in the roles of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin's BEING THE RICARDOS from Amazon Studios, for which they both received indi...

Montecito Award to Penelope Cruz at the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Day 7 of the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a tribute to Penelope Cruz, who received the Montecito Award. Cruz was recognized for her impressive career and performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS from Sony Pictures Classic. Cruz sat down with SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling, for an in depth discussion about her journey to stardom and her impressive career in film and television. Ph...

Jane Campion Presents Benedict Cumberbatch with Cinema Vanguard Award at 37th SBIFF

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jane Campion hug at the Cinema Vanguard Award during the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on March 9, 2022 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for SBIFF)   Day 8 of the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a tribute to Benedict Cumberbatch, who received the Cinema Vanguard Award. Cumberbatch was honored for his  remarkable care...

SBIFF 2022 Interview with Marcus Mizelle: director of Belle Vie

BELLE VIE SBIFF 2022 With Director: Marcus Mizelle     By Emmanuel Itier In-jailed between a Mc Donald and a KFC, stands proud and fearless the Parisian-style bistro: “Belle Vie” run by passionate maestro: Vincent Samarco. Director Marcus Mizelle explores what it takes to keep your passion alive and going, especially during a pandemic. But ‘Belle Vie’ is more than a gourmet journey into the heart of a passionate human being it’s truly exploring the...

SBIFF 2022 Interview with Dina Amer, director/producer of" You Resemble me"

YOU RESEMBLE ME aka TU ME RESSEMBLES. SBIFF 2022 With director: Dina Amer   By Emmanuel Itier Dina Amer is a maverick director/producer. Not only the Egyptian born talented filmmaker who grew up between Egypt and the USA helped produced the Emmy award-winning Documentary, ‘The Square’ but she managed with success to direct her first feature, ‘Tu me resembles’, in French and on a very tricky subject matter: a woman drifting into islam extresmism to become a s...

SBIFF 2022 ‘A place in the field’ Interview with the director

A PLACE IN THE FIELD SBIFF 2022 With director: Nikki Mejia By Emmanuel Itier     Director Nikki Mejia is an atomic director exploding on the screen with a “tour de force” first feature: ‘A place in the field’. She dares to explore and expose the human soul at its most raw incarnation and invite the viewer into a journey of redemption and self-exploration. Nikki’s poetic approach of PTSD among soldiers is a moving and rare inspiring mind...

Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis Accept Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at SBIFF

Smith and Ellis sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s longtime awards columnist and host of its popular Awards Chatter podcast, Scott Feinberg for an in depth discussion about their cinematic careers.     Some of the highlights from the conversation included: Will looked quite dapper on the red carpet dressed from head to toe in Dolce & Gabbana, see HERE! Will took us down memory lane from when he made history by being the first Grammy winner for Best...

VIDEO SBIFF 2022 - Animation Panel (Complete)

The newest panel at the festival: the Animation Panel. Attendees gathered for Charise Castro Smith – Co-Writer/Co-Director (ENCANTO), Charlotte De Le Gournerie – Producer (FLEE), Enrico Casarosa – Co-Writer/Director (LUCA) Mike Rianda – Co-Writer/Co-Director (THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES), Don Hall – Co-Director (RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON) in conversation, led by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.         Some highlights from th...

SBIFF 2022 Interview with the team behind "OUR WORDS COLLIDE"

OUR WORDS COLLIDE SBIFF 2022   Interview with Directors Jordan Barrow and Matt Edwards, Producers Diane Luby Lane and Samuel Curties ( www.GetLit.org ) and poets: Jason Alvarez, Amari Turner and Virginia Villalta. And with Anti-Defamation League regional director: Dan Meisel By Emmanuel Itier “Life is a living poem”, Boris Vian, the French poet, was so right and “Our Words Collide”, the doc directed by Jordan Barrow and Matt Edwards, is truly a living poem as i...

VIDEO Virtuoso Awards Group discussion

Some of the highlights from the Virtuosos night included:   Rosario Dawson, Executive Producer of OUR WORDS COLLIDE, World Premiering at SBIFF. Photo HERE.   Alana Haim - Watch HERE. On driving the stick shift truck in the film: “You do not want me to teach you how to drive stick…I was a terrible driver so I really do appreciate Bradley Cooper and Cooper Hoffman for letting me almost kill them…they lived to tell the tale.” On her parents pl...

VIDEO SBIFF 2022 - Writers Panel (Complete)

  The Writers Panel in-person Saturday, March 5 @ 11:00am, moderated by Anne Thompson. Panelists included: Kenneth Branagh (BELFAST) Siân Heder (CODA) Adam McKay (DON'T LOOK UP) Denis Villeneuve (DUNE) Zach Baylin (KING RICHARD) Maggie Gyllenhaal (THE LOST DAUGHTER) Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG) Eskil Vogt (THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD)     Day 4 of the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG began with ...

We are covering SBIFF with great pictures and interviews ...

Photo Coverage by Mark Bennett   Conversations and Variety Artisans Award red carpet moments by William Conlin (YTS Film)   Video Coverage by Guy Kennedy and Stuart MacNaught   ...

Penélope Cruz honored with the Montecito Award at the 37th SBIFF

Penélope Cruz received the Montecito Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Tuesday, March 8 at an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS from Sony Pictures Classic.   “In the most complex role written by the master Almodovar, Penelope Cruz delivers the best performance of her career and a master class in calibration and detailed actin...

VIDEO Discussions with Virtuoso Award recipients

  Virtuosos Award presented by UGG to 2022 recipients: Caitriona Balfe (Belfast), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Emilia Jones (CODA), Troy Kotsur (CODA), Simon Rex (Red Rocket), and Saniyya Sidney (King Richard) (An award given to multiple “up-and-coming” actors for achieving a breakthrough performance.)                    &...

SBIFF Interview with Leslie Zemeckis “GRANDE HORIZONTALES”

Santa Barbara International Film Festival -March 2022 Interview by Roxanna Bina Grandes Horizontale Premiering at the 37th Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival      From the award-winning director Leslie Zemeckis (https://lesliezemeckis.com) of Bound by Flesh, Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer and Behind the Burly Q comes a documentary about the lives, loves and enduring influence of the Grandes Horizontales. A never before in-depth look at the c...

Direct Relief and SBIFF raising funds for Ukraine

The Santa Barbara international Film Festival is partnering with Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that responds to natural disasters and other emergency situations by rushing critical medicines and requested supplies to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine and surrounding countries.    All contributions will support Direct Relief’s emergency response to the Ukraine crisis. Thank you for working together to help those...

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