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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.


Renée Zellweger will be honoired at next SBIFF with the American Riviera Award

Zellweger will be recognized for her many attributes to the art of film over the years, and most recently, her work as Judy Garland in LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions’ JUDY. The tribute will take place at the historic Arlington Theatre during the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.   “Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy - she adds a...

Santa Barbara announcing the 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award honoring Martin Scorsese

  We invite you to the event of the year, our black tie fundraiser for SBIFF's Education Programs. Thursday, November 14, 2019 The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara 5:30pm – Red Carpet Cocktail Reception 7:00pm – Dinner and Tribute SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS: PRODUCER – $25,000 ($17,640 tax deductible) • Prime table for ten • Red carpet cocktail reception for all guests • Acknowledgment in the tribute journal ...

VIDEO: Vanessa Filho Premieres her debut feature film "Angel Face" with Marion Cotillard @ SBIFF 2019

Red Carpet moment from Santa Barbara International film festival 2019. French Director Vanessa Filho wrote and directed her first feature film which premiered in Cannes 2018 at "Un Certain Regard" and has the US premiere in Santa Barbara The film Angel Face stars the fantastic french star actress Marion Cotillard  ...

IN LOVE & WAR (Danish Film) wins prestigious award and Audience Choice Award at SBIFF 2019

      The Danish film IN LOVE & WAR wins Audience Choice Award and the Nordic Cinema Award at the renowned Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).    The jury of the Nordic Cinema Competition states: “Intricate tale of the anguish of war. Totally unpredictable, highly original. Amazing Photography, editing and acting.”   Over the past 32 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attract...

Party with SBIFF Winners, In Love and War wins Audience Award

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, will return for the 35th edition January 15 – 25, 2020. 200+ Films featuring over 120 World and US premieres, Industry Panels, Celebrity Tributes, and Educational and Free Community Programs will be held throughout Santa Barbara, including the Arlington and Lobero Theatres. "We're so grateful to all of our honorees, filmmakers, attendees, sponsors, press and volunteers for making the 34t...

SBIFF at a glance February 9th schedule of events

      This was the last day of the Festival. We hope you've been having as much fun as we have. If you haven't had a chance to partake, don't miss out! Below is the scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th. Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis followi...

SBIFF at a glance February 8th schedule of events

        There are only two days left to catch the Festival films and events! Below is what's scheduled for   Friday, February 8th. Free Daily Film Screen...

SBIFF at a glance February 7th schedule of events

  With only a couple days left of the Festival be sure to catch a film or event before it's over! Below is what's scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 7th.  Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a fi...

SBIFF at a glance February 6th schedule of events

Free Filmmaker Seminar Sponsored by Driscoll's Topic: Making Shorts 11:00am in at the Festival Pavilion (Lobero Theatre Courtyard located on Anacapa Street side) Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis following passholder admission. Free Film: Working Man  2:00pm Lobero Theatre  Super Silent Sunday Sponsored by Winchester Mystery House Rescheduled FREE screening of: Metropolis 5:30pm Arlington Theatre Live ac...

SBIFF at a glance February 5th schedule of events

Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis following passholder admission. Film: Laila at the Bridge  2:00pm Lobero Theatre  Q&A with Elizabeth Mirzaei (director) after the film (Sponsored by Toyota Mirai) Free Filmmaker Seminar Sponsored by Driscoll's Topic: Documentary Filmmakers 11:00am in at the Festival Pavilion (Lobero Theatre Courtyard located on Anacapa Street side) Virtuosos Award  Presented by ...

SBIFF at a glance February 4th schedule of events

Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis following passholder admission. Film: Winter Flies   2:00pm Lobero Theatre  Variety Artisans Awards Sponsored by Variety  Honoring Barry Alexander Brown (BlackKklansman), Ruth Carter (Black Panther), Fiona Crombie (The Favourite), Lukasz Zal (Cold War), Patricia Dehaney (Vice), David Shirk (Ready Player One), Marc Shaiman (Mary Poppins Returns), Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and...

SBIFF at a glance February 3rd program of events

    AppleBox Family FREE Film: Ralph Breaks the Internet 10:00am Arlington Theatre Super Silent Sunday Sponsored by Winchester Mystery House Free screening of: Metropolis 2:00pm @ Arlingto...

VIDEO: Glenn Close talks to from the red carpet

    The 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival had rescheduled its presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award for Six-time Academy Award nominated actress Glenn Close, to Sunday, February 3rd. Close received the award for her work in Sony Picture Classics’ THE WIFE.    The Maltin Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF.  Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through...

VIDEO: SBIFF 2019 - Roma Q&A with Alfonso Cuaron & Yalitza Aparicio + Virtuosos Award Presentation

    Outstanding Directors of the Year An award given to a director not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world and has the eye for the picture they want to present and then does so, with an expertise that is both gracious and bold. Recipients: 2019 – Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Adam McKay (Vice), and Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) 2018 – Christopher Nolan (DUNKIRK), Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD), ...

VIDEO: SBIFF 2019 - Writers Panel with Paul Schrader and Kevin Willmott (Complete)

Top screenwriters discuss the process of giving life to a film, the challenges that arise on the journey to the big screen, and what it takes to succeed. Join the conversation with Paul Schrader and Kevin Willmott, moderated by Anne Thompson.     ...

VIDEO: SBIFF 2019 - Panel with the Producers of Green Book A star is born and Blackklansman (Complete)

The SBIFF 2019 Producers Panel brings together the industry’s most prolific “doers” to talk about their current projects, hopes for the future of filmmaking, and insights into the creative side of producing. Join the conversation moderated by Glenn Whipp with Jim Burke (Green Book), Bill Gerber (A Star is born), Raymond Mansfield (BLACKKLANSMAN)   ...

VIDEO: Viggo Mortensen talks to from the red carpet

Viggo Mortensen (running for the Best Actor Oscar with "Green Book") received the American Riviera ™ Award at SBIFF 2019   Introduction by Roger Durling Executive Director SBIFF Santa Barbara has long been described as the American Riviera™. SBIFF proudly places this trademarked name on our award for outstanding achievement in American film. Past Recipients list is impressive: 2019 – Viggo Mortensen 2018 – Sam Rockwell 2017...

VIDEO: Rami Malek talks to from the SBIFF red carpet

Santa Barbara International Film Festival paid a tribute to Oscar nominated Actor Rami Malek who received the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his performance in FOX’s 2018 release, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. The actor stands as a strong contender for the Oscar!     SBIFF 2019 - Outstanding Performer Award Presentation to Rami Malek       Outstanding Performer(s) of the Year Award This tribute was created to honor the actor or actress whose r...

Directors of the Year Award in Santa Barbara to Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Adam McKay and Pawel Pawlikowski

The 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) welcomed this year’s five Academy Award nominees for Best Director. Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”), and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”) each participated in a one-on-one interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s awards colu...

Jump into nature with this collection of environmental documentaries in Santa Barbara

  Santa Barbara International Film Festival  SBIFF 2019 Reel Nature Sidebar Films Sponsored by TOYOTA Mirai: Anthropocene  The Biggest Little Farm The Map to Paradise Sharkwater Extinction Silent Forests View the full schedule at or download the SBIFF Official App. Get film tickets at     ...

The Outstanding Directors of the Year Awards in Santa Barbara

The Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter Honorees: Roma's Alfonso Cuaron, The Favourite's Yorgos Lanthimos, BlacKkKlansman's Spike Lee, Vice's Adam McKay and Cold War's Pawel Pawlikowski LOCATION: The Arlington Theatre 6:15 pm Media Check in 6:45 pm Red Carpet opens   ...

Full Line-up of The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG ® , announced today the highly anticipated lineup for the 34 th edition, which will run January 30 to February 9, 2019. The festival will feature 63 world premieres and 59 U.S. premieres from 48 countries, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs. SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling stated this morning, “After the trage...

VIDEO: Roger Durling kicks off SBIFF 2019 with his introduction speech

Roger Durling recalls his debut and quoted Ernest Hemingway from "A Farewell to Arms" A beautiful quote Roger loves! “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Photo Credit - Getty Images for SBIFF &n...

VIDEO: The opening SBIFF documentary: Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Opening Night Film and World Premiere at SBIFF 2019 : watch the stage introduction by Roger Durling and Mimi deGruy.   ...and watch the trailer! photo credits Getty Images for SBIFF   ...


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