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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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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...

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...

SBIFF Outstanding Director of the Year Award to Bong Joon Ho

  The Outstanding Director of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter honoring Bong Joon Howill take place Thursday, January 24th, 2020 8:00pm at the  Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA Filmfestivals.com will attend and cover    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     ...

Opening night red carpet interviews from the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening

Roger Durling and singer actress Bronagh Gallager who played in the opening film of A Bump Along The Way     The 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, kicked off on Wednesday evening with the world premiere of A Bump Along The Way at the historic Arlington Theatre.   Directed by Shelly Love, the female-led comedy-drama centers around Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher), a middle-aged woman from Derry, Northern Ireland whose unexpe...

VIDEO: Santa Barbara Fest conversations with 8 Virtuosos Award Honorees

Virtuosos Award Presented by UGG® honoring Awkwafina (The Farewell), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Aldis Hodge (Clemency), George MacKay (1917), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), and Taylor Russell (Waves) Saturday, January 18th, 2020 8:00pm Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA     The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the second wave of recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award pr...

VIDEO: Adam Driver: On Being Alive & Other MARRIAGE STORY Insights at SBIFF

Photo Mark Bennett filmfestivals.com By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Adam Driver received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, presented by Belvedere Vodka, last night at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), there was a little bit of actor family drama as preamble. MARRIAGE STORY co-star Scarlett Johansson was also set to appear, but was said to miss the event due to illness. The interplay between these two actors, who play divorcing...

Adam Driver accepted the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award in Santa Barbara

Photo Mark Bennett filmfestivals Day 3 of the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a heartening tribute to 2020 Oscar nominated actor Adam Driver, who received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award presented by Belvedere Vodka. Driver was recognized for his critically acclaimed work in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.    As he arrived to the tribute, the actor was greeted by SBIFF Executive Director Roger D...

2020 SBIFF Producer & Writers Panelists Announced!

Producers Panel Pippa Harris (1917) David Heyman (ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD & MARRIAGE STORY) Andrew Miano (THE FAREWELL) Carthew Neal (JOJO RABBIT) Amy Pascal (LITTLE WOMEN) Kwak Sin Ae (PARASITE) Emma Tillinger Koskoff (JOKER & THE IRISHMAN) Moderated by Glenn Whipp Sunday, January 19 @ 10:00am Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, CA   Writers Panel Stephany Folsom (TOY STORY 4) Greta Gerwig (LITTLE WOMEN) Noah Harpster (A BEAUTIF...

To celebrate it's 20th anniversary SBIFF will screen THREE KINGS and host the Q&A with Director David O. Russell!

To celebrate it's 20th anniversary, join us for a FREE screening of THREE KINGS followed by a Q&A with Director David O. Russell! (three-time Oscar Nominee for Best Director – Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and The Fighter) Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm – Lobero Theatre   The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze At the end of the Gulf War, a small band of American soldiers in Iraq seek adve...

SBIFF Montecito Award honoring Lupita Nyong'o

The Montecito Award honoring Lupita Nyong'o will take place Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8:00pm, Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA Today SBIFF announced that Lupita Nyong’o will receive the Montecito Award. She will be honored on Monday, January 20th for her impressive career and most recent performance in Jordan Peele’s Us. “Lupita is a ferocious performer, gifted with both boundless appeal and precision. We are a huge fan of everything ...

Brad Pitt is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 35th annual SBIFF

Maltin Modern Master Award honoring Brad Pitt Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     Brad Pitt is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 35th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Pitt will be honored on Wednesday, January 22nd for his long sta...

SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Laura Dern Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Laura Dern Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 8:00pm Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     Laura Dern will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Tuesday, January 21st for her remarkable career an...

Renée Zellweger will be honored 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...

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