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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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Interview with Alexei Barrionuevo on 'WAITING FOR THE DROP: Rise of the Superstar Djs' (2018)

  Alexei Barrionuevo Argentinian/American filmmaker Alexei Barrionuevo's debut feature doc 'WAITING FOR THE DROP: Rise of the Superstar Djs' (2018) follows the fascinating modern EDM (Electronic Dance Music) movement from the early 90s through its rises and falls to present day. The film travels to exotic party 'it' locales around the world including Ibiza, London, Miami and Las Vegas. The film's legendary DJ Superstar guests include: Paul Oakenfold, Seba...

Interview with Clifford Miu for 'Bargain' (2017) at SBIFF

  Director/writer/producer Clifford Miu's short film 'Bargain' (2017) is a bone-chilling paranormal thriller about a young Chinese woman Li who moves to NY to live chic Manhattan style with a birdseye view of the city; but just when she thinks she's living the dream, she realizes she has stepped into someone else's nightmare. The film is a paranormal excalmation point that leaves you wanting more, much more. 'Bargain' screened at the 2018 Santa Barbara Internati...

Interview with Director Jordan Peele for 'Get Out' (2017)

  Jordan Peele is an actor, writer, producer and director known most for films like 'Keanu' (2016), 'Storks' (2016) and most recently 'Get Out' (2017). While Peele has made a name for himself as an actor and writer for TV and films, he has only recently donned the director's hat with his first feature 'Get Out'. The film makes a comment on the current topics of race issues and politics in America, telling the story of a young African American male trappe...

Interview With Guillermo del Toro for 'The Shape of Water' (2017)

Mexican director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro is what many deem the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of cinema. While Marquez popularized magical realism in literature, del Toro has mastered it in film. One of his first films was the horror flick 'Cronus' (1993), after which he has been straddling the line between genres creating one that is all his own; some of his most known works include: 'Hellboy' (2004), 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006), 'Pacific Rim' (2013) a...

33rd SBIFF Winners Announced

Audience Choice Award: Mark Hayes’ SKID ROW MARATHON Best Documentary Short Film Award: Kyle Morrison’s MOTT HAVEN Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: Richard Van’s AUDITION Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Randall Christopher’s THE DRIVER IS RED Best Documentary Award: Grant Korgan and Geoff Callan’s THE PUSH Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film: Gjorce Stavreski’s SECRET INGREDIENT (...

Mary J. Blige, Timothée Chalamet, John Boyega, More Honored at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) had its biggest day yet on Saturday, playing host to the Producers Panel, Writers Panel, and Virtuosos Awards honoring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Hong Chau (Downsizing), John Boyega (Detroit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name).   The Lobero Theater served as a major attraction to festival attendees early in the day as it hosted both the Produ...

Press & Filmmaker Breakfast, Writer's Panel, Producer's Panel Feb 3

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  PRODUCER’S PANEL 10 AM Saturday, Feb. 3 10 a.m. – 12 noon Lobero Theatre presented by Mirai   Panelists: Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Emma Thomas (Dunkirk), Sean McKittrick (Get Out), Evelyn O’Neill (Lady Bird), Daniel Lupi (Phantom Thread), J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water), and Graham Broadbent (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) Moderator: Glenn Whipp   The Producers Panel brings together some of today&rsq...

Interview with William Dafoe honored at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Day 2 of the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) was underway yesterday with the presentation of the Cinema Vanguard Award to three-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe at The Arlington Theatre. The honor, which was presented by director Josh Boone, was bestowed upon Dafoe for his performance in “The Florida Project.” Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF During a Q&A discussion led by Pete Hammond which included clips highlighting Dafoe&rsq...

Day 2 at Santa Barbara with the World Premiere of Jeff Bridges presentation of Living in the Future's Past

“Living in the Future’s Past is an invitation to everyone to learn about themes that are often overlooked in our cultural dialogue, but are necessary keys to the future that we desire for our children. Living in the Future's Past is a metaphor for tuning in to what is already here.” - Jeff Bridges Adam Wright and Lise Romanoff from Vision Films, Laurie Kirby (FestForums), Susan Kucera the director and Ken S....

William Dafoe honored at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Day 2 of the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) was underway yesterday with the presentation of the Cinema Vanguard Award to three-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe at The Arlington Theatre. The honor, which was presented by director Josh Boone, was bestowed upon Dafoe for his performance in “The Florida Project.”   Photo Credit - Getty Images for SBIFF During a Q&A discussion led by Pete Hammond which included clips highlighting Dafoe&...

Interview with Alec Baldwin from Santa Barbara

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Opening Night Film "The Public" Presented by Belvedere Vodka Description - SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 31: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin at the Opening Night Film "The Public" Presented by Belvedere Vodka during the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on January 31, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images for SBIFF) Keywords - Arts Culture and...

Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen & More Kick Off Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) officially kicked off yesterday with the world premiere of Emilio Estevez’s “the public” and the Opening Night Gala. On hand to celebrate was SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling; Estevez and fellow cast members Alec Baldwin, Michael K. Williams, Jena Malone, Che Smith, Spencer Garrett and Jacob Vargas; festival jurors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe, Artie Schmidt, Geoffrey Cowper, Jan Biivoet, Jesus Lloveras, ...

2018 Santa Barbara Program revealed

The 2018 SBIFF will offer 200+ films representing 58 countries, 45 World premieres, and 53 U.S. premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.   Below is the list of features and short films at the 2018 SBIFF. For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit www.sbiff.org and download the SBIFF app.   23 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically) ...

Jeff Bridges will have the world Premiere of his film "Living in the Future's Past" in his hometown Festival

Jeff and the director of the movie Susan Kucera.  View Sneak Peek Preview:  Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Bridges, alongside expert scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. The film upends our way of...

Statement from SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling on the recent tragic events in the region

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Statement from SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling — Many people have been asking me if the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place. My answer is an emphatic “Yes.” How do you do a film festival following the immense tragedy unfolding in Montecito and Southern California? Well – the honest answer is that it is needed now more than ever. Movies have always provided a sense of community. It is an opportunity for pe...

30th SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Michael Keaton

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Saturday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Arlington Theater was a treat for all in attendance. Michael Keaton, while being celebrated for his body of work, is a wonderfully animated storyteller, regaling the audience with in-depth tales of his experience as an actor. The evening began with a welcome by actress Andie MacDowell, his co-star from Multiplicity. Throughout the festivities videotaped congratulatory messages played from friends and co-stars Jeff Bridges,...

13th Annual 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition and Student Screenwriting Competition @ SBIFF

Santa Barbara, CA -- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, which runs January 27-February 7, announced the finalists for the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition and Student Screenwriting Competition, presented by Relativity Education. The festival is excited to also announce that the new presenting sponsor will award the competition's four winners with full scholarships to the Relativity Education LA-based summer workshops, along with a digital...

30th SBIFF celebrates U.S. Premiere of Richard Raymond's "Desert Dancer".

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, kicked off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society. “Raymond h...

SBIFF Honors Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Laura Poitras, and Morten Tyldum

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the direc...

SBIFF Celebrates 30th Edition with U.S. Premiere of Richard Raymond's "Desert Dancer"

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society. “Raymon...

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at SBIFF Inaugural The Wave

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Inaugural The Wave Film Festival. July 15-19, 2015 - THE WAVE FESTIVAL - FRENCH CINEMA MICKEY DUZDEVICH NAMED THE WAVE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Santa Barbara, CA –SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” concluded on Sunday with Claude Lelouch's heartfelt family saga We Love You, You Bastard named as Audience Award winner. This ...

OPRAH WINFREY TO RECEIVE MONTECITO AWARD AT THE 29TH SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OPRAH WINFREY TO RECEIVE MONTECITO AWARD AT THE 29TH SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   Santa Barbara, CA- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will honor Oprah Winfrey with the prestigious Montecito Award presented by UGG® Australia at the 29th edition of the Festival on behalf of her inspirational performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career. The Tribute will take place on Wednesday, February 5...

2013 SBIFF Silver Screen Celebration

Santa Barbara – Just when you thought the summer was ending, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the Silver Screen Celebration on Sunday August 25, 2013. The fundraiser started off with a classic silent film screening of Douglas Fairbank’s swashbuckling adventure “The Mark of Zorro” at the Historic Arlington Theatre. The screening was in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society and featured a live accompaniment by Adam Aceto on the theat...

News for the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  -OFFICIAL PRESS- 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETS DATES FOR BOTH THE 29TH and 30TH EDITIONS January 30 - February 9, 2014 January 22 – February 1, 2015 * * * Introduces the Concierge Pass All Passes and Packages 25% OFF through June 28th Santa Barbara, CA, May 1, 2013 – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014 as the dates for the 29th edition of...

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has star wattage and a wealth of premieres in a Mediterrean-style city by the sea.

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The team of editors of the The Santa Barbara Blog:
Carol Marshall, Felicia Tomasko, Vanessa McMahon, Marla and Mark Hamperin, Kim Deisler and Bruno Chatelin


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