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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.


Best moments and videos from Santa Barbara 2020 was covering live from Santa Barbara with pictures and videos.

Photography by Mark Bennett


Herewith our coverage of the 35th Santa Barbara Film Festival




BONG JOON HO Director of Parasite

Laura Dern interviewed at SBIFF - 2020 Oscar Winner

Filmed and interviewed by Guy Kennedy & Stuart MacNaught at the SBIFF Red Carpet 2020 ...

"Jennifer Anniston picked my award by mistake; I have her's lets have a date to swap"

Richard Hobert's The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son) won the audience award at SBIFF 2020 he revealed in an exclusive interview to a personal story we cannot resist sharing (with his approval) Interview by Guy Kennedy ...


VIDEO Interview with Santa Barbara Festival audience award winner Richard Hobert

SBIFF Audience Choice Award from The Santa Barbara Independent: Richard Hobert's The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son) Exclusive interview for       It´s the late 1800s and birdcatcher Esmar and his wife Johanna are trying to survive on the harsh cliffs of the Faroe Islands. Local law dictates that unless they have a son, an heir to the hold of the land, they will be evicted. When Johanna gives birth to their...

VIDEO: 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...

VIDEO: Congratulations to ALL the Winners at the 35th Santa Barbara with our interview of Richard Hobert

"It’s been a wonderful 35 years celebrating international cinema as well as our local roots.  We are grateful for all of the staff, volunteers, audiences and filmmakers that were able to join us at SBIFF to come together as a community to celebrate over 200 films - forge a sense of community and love that defies boundary,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. Also announced today were the award winning films for the 35th Festival at a breakfast held in their ho...

VIDEO SBIFF Closing Night moments and speeches

Roger Durling thanks the audience for their support as Los Angeles Times named SBIFF as one of the TOP TEN Festivals in the USA   ...

VIDEO: follow us on the star studded red carpet at Santa Barbara Film Fest

Impressive line up of stars on the red carpet in Santa Barbara, was there to capture the moment. Check the amazing photo gallery featuring Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Renee Zellwegger, Brad Pitt, christopher Lyod, Bong Joon Ho, Taron Egerton...Mark Bennnett Photography and video interviews with Bradd Pitt...           Interview by Stuart McNaught and photography by Mark Bennett             ...

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 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...



Interview with the team of James vs his future self

JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL 2020   By Emmanuel Itier and Roxanna Bina.What if, one day, as you sit in a taxi minding your own business and a version of yourself from the Future is about to confront you!? Well, this is the beginning of a new time travel mind explosive journey directed by Jeremy LaLonde. In the lead is actor Jonas Chernick who wrote and produced with Jeremy this fantastic independent feature to be released soon all over the USA an...

Interview with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk for The Haunted Swordsman screening at SBIFF

THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN   By Emmanuel Itier Santa Barbara Film Festival 2020.     When a passionate puppet animator meets Lisa Henson, daughter of legendary Jim Henson (The Muppets, Dark Crystal, Sesame Streets) you get a fantastic visionary endeavor: the short film ‘The Haunted Swordsman’ which just played at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We sat down with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk (

Interview with the filmmakers of THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE at Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020

Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw (THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE documentary) selected at Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020 Interview with Emmanuel Iitier The 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival ( just completed another splendid year with an amazing programming of mesmerizing features and inspiring documentaries. One of these documentaries that caught my interest was the American project written, produced and directed by two maverick men: Darroch Greer and...


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 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...

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 ...




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