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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.


'Disconnect' (2012) opens 28th SBIFF

US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012) at 28th SBIFF.

Actor Alexander Skarsgård at US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012) at 28th SBIFF. Photo by Benjamin Schwartz


On Thursday, January 24th, the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened with the U.S. premier of director Henry-Alex Rubin's first ever feature film 'Disconnect' (2012). Rubin is most known for his documentary film, 'MurderBall' (2005), which he co-directed with Dana Adam Shapiro, and which was nominated for an Oscar the same year. 'Disconnect' is a multi-character story about the effects internet has on us today and our total dependence upon it.

'Disconnect' stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paul Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot. Cast members Alexander Skarsgård, Paula Patton, Frank Grillo, Colin Ford, Andrea Riseborough and Haley Ramm attended the opening night premier as well as the premier gala and VIP gala which took place at the SBIFF Paseo Nuevo mall.

Also in attendance on opening night were this year's jury members, including Ralph Macchio with Karina Smirnoff, Brad Hall, Pamela Gray, Anthony & Arnette Zerbe, Mimi deGruy, producer Debra Martin Chase, playwright Roger Hedden, and SBIFF Founder Phyllis dePicciotto.

The 2013 SBIFF runs from Jan 24th-Feb 3rd. 

Written by Vanessa McMahon


Actor Frank Grillo at US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012) at 28th SBIFF. Photo by Benjamin SchwartzUS premier of 'Disconnect' (2012) at 28th SBIFF.

Actress Paula Patton at opening night of 28th SBIFF. US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012). Photo by Benjamin SchwartzRed carpet US premier of 'Disconnect' (2012).

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