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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 with William Dafoe honored at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Day 2 of the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) was underway yesterday with the presentation of the Cinema Vanguard Award to three-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe at The Arlington Theatre. The honor, which was presented by director Josh Boone, was bestowed upon Dafoe for his performance in “The Florida Project.”

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During a Q&A discussion led by Pete Hammond which included clips highlighting Dafoe’s work throughout his career in films including “Platoon,” “Shadow of the Vampire,” and “Mississippi Burning,” Dafoe explained how acting turned from a hobby into a career.

 

“It started out as something I enjoyed doing,” Dafoe told the audience. “The big hook was there was a good community theater. They’d bring in directors from New York to teach. So that was like an apprenticeship and slowly I became an actor.”

 

Dafoe also touched on his experience filming “The Florida Project” in Orlando and learning from people living there.

 

“They really invited us in and it’s what we learned that really became the engine for how we approached the movie,” said Dafoe. “You have this sense of watching them. But when you’re with them and you hear the story and you start to work with them and they get a more human face, “they” becomes “us.” And whenever that happens it’s always beautiful.”

 

At the conclusion of the evening, Boone, who worked with Dafoe on “The Fault in Our Stars,” took to the stage to present Dafoe with his award.

 

“What strikes me most about Mr. Dafoe’s exhausting and truly remarkable body of work, is how many of our greatest filmmakers have used him to such extremes,” said Boone. “Where Scorsese saw the face of Christ, David Lynch saw pure evil. Mr. Dafoe has made a career playing both saints and sinners. It is his empathy that illuminates the sea of gray between those extremes.” 

 

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has star wattage and a wealth of premieres in a Mediterrean-style city by the sea.

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