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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 - Christiaan OLWAGEN for POPPIE NONGENA - Santa Barbara

POPPIE NONGENA   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   Director: Christiaan OLWAGEN   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me why you chose this film and what you were trying to achieve with it?   Christiaan: The film is based on a famous South African novel and I always knew about it. It was even taught in school. I got contacted by the producer to film it. I read the novel in one setting and I was blown away by this account of this woman’s life in ...

Interview - Jessica Kavana Dornbusch for REEFA - Santa Barbara Fest

REEFA Directed by Jessica Kavana Dornbusch Interview by Emmanuel Itier     Q: Tell me about the choice of directing this tragic movie and what did you want to create, impact, wise?   Jessica: At the forefront for me was to explore the immigration issues in America. This is a tragic true story and I even understood more the sacrifice occurring when I met the family of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. It’s the irony of this story that you have a family comin...

Interview with the best short doc winner at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021

PAN HOOT   “Winner of Best Doc Short at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021”   Director: Richard REENS Interview by Eùmmanuel Itier Q: How did you get involved with this inspiring Doc? What was the attraction to the subject matter?   Richard: I have been a filmmaker and especially a commercial director for years. Good friends of mine who funded this project know the main protagonist of my doc, Stany Nyandwi, for over 14 years. They thought his story w...

36th SBIFF Award Winning Films

  Herewith the award-winning films for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "We were so happy to have persevered and have brought a strong slate of films and a sense of continuity with this year’s SBIFF. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year!” stated SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling. The films were chosen by jury members Tony Anselmo, Antwone Fisher, David Freid, Li Cheng, Geoffrey Cowper, Patricia Rosema, Siqi Son...

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...

SBIFF announce this year’s panelists for the Industry Panel series

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The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to announce this year’s panelists for the always riveting Industry Panel series.   “Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented. The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year’s slate is possibly the best ever!” comments Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director.   The Producers Panel brings together some of the indus...

SBIFF's Producers, Writers, and Women's Panels announced!

Producers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 11:00am Writers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 2:00pm Women's Panel - Thursday April 8th @ 2:00pm Panelists listed below! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS "Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented.  The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year's slate is possibly the best ever!" commented Roger Durling, SBIFF's Executive Director. We are thrilled to announce this...

Make your Thursday 4/1 Drive-in at SBIFF

CLICK HERE TO RSVP Reservations for Thursday April 1st at SBIFF's Drive-In Theatres are now open! The schedule is below and read all about the films on the SBIFF app and by clicking here. 8:30 AM - One-Way to Moscow 9:30 AM - Poppie Nongena 12:00 PM - By Your Side (À la folie) 1:00 PM - La Recua - The Mule Pack Train 3:30 PM - We Will Never Die 4:30 PM - The Forbidden Strings 7:00 PM - Run Woman Run 8:00 PM - The Cinderella Addiction Admission is 100% FREE. ...

Interview - Tim Plester (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) for BACKYARD VILLAGE - Santa Barbara

BACKYARD VILLAGE   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With actor: Tim Plester (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1043031 ) Interview by Emmanuel ITIER for filmfestivals.com       Q: How did you get to play this interesting English man lost in the land of Island?   Tim: I met Marteinn Thorsson, the director of “Backyard Village”, a few years ago. Almost 10 years ago when I was in Iceland for a vacation. We had an amazing time and while we were...

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY   Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik by Emmanuel ITIER for filmfestivals.com    Q: How did this project come together?   Tyler: I had put together some financing for another project and it all fell apart. But I still had a third of that financing and I had to make a very low budget. I then decided to come up with this story of 3 people in a room. This is how our film was born and how it came to be. I was just t...

RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi

RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi Interview by Emmanuel Itier for filmfestivals.com Q: How did it come together and what was the idea behind this documentary?   Laura: Jim and I had done, mainly, lots of work in commercials and digital contents. We wanted to do something a little more serious. We knew Tim Faust, who is in the film, and we had been talking with him about finding some type of health care ...

Bill Murray to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award

BILL MURRAY  MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 @ 6:00PM Join us for a 90+ minute online live-streamed conversation with the honoree about his entire career. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE! ...

SBIFF 2021 The Trailers playlist

Online component of thefestival will include all of the Celebrity Tributes, Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Q&As and over 100 films. Two high end beach side Drive-ins will include select films, all with FREE admission! (RSVP required 24 hours in advance of showtime.= Watch the trailers:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBK2ioGjkLt6mZJaOOKKDO6xgusPxoPKI ...

INVISIBLE VALLEY: The team Interviewed - Opening night film at SBIFF

INVISIBLE VALLEY Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2021 Directors: Aaron Maurer and Producer: Zach McMillan   Interview by Emmanuel Itier         Q: Tell me how this project came together and what was the idea behind it?   Aaron: It came together as the request to show the world of migrant workers. We live in New York and, at first, we were not sure we could tell that story. But we felt we could look at the story of migrant workers in relat...

SBIFF's Variety Artisans Award announced!

VARIETY ARTISANS AWARD MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 @ 6:00PM CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Variety’s seventh annual Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.  The Tribute evening will take place online Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm and will be moderated by Variety’s Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay   The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to Al...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Directors of the Year

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival just announced this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award. This honor was created to recognize a select group of directors who have pushed the boundaries in their storytelling and created films that showcase the art of filmmaking at its best. Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), and Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) will receive their awards and discuss their work on Tuesda...

Carey Mulligan to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 36th Santa Barbara Film Fest

Carey Mulligan is set to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mulligan will be honored on April 5th and will be recognized for her remarkable career and most recent performance in Focus Features’ dark comedy “Promising Young Woman” written, produced and directed by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve, The Crown). Mulligan’s performance in “Promising Young Woman” has already garnered her significant awards r...

Santa Barbara SBIFF will open with INVISIBLE VALLEY directed by Aaron Maurer

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly anticipated lineup for the 36th edition, which will run March 31 to April 10, 2021. The festival will feature 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres from 45 countries, along with tributes featuring the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.   The festival will take on an entirely new look this year, as well, with the build-...

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 ...

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