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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.


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 UGG 
Honoring Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Claire Foy (First Man), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), John David Washington (BlackKklansman), and Steven Yeun (Burning)

Platinum Passholders admitted starting at 7:00pm
Other Passholders & Ticketholders admitted starting at 7:30pm
8:00pm start at the Arlington Theatre

The following are TBAs and films who have Filmmaker Q&A's on Tuesday 2/5:

  • Tell It To The Bees with Annabel Jankel (director) - 8:30 AM @ Metro 4 (Sponsored by ADL)
  • Siren's Call with Ramin Matin (director) - 11:00 AM @ Lobero (Sponsored by Toyota Mirai)
  • TBA: In Love and War with Kasper Torsting (director, writer) - 11:20 AM @ Metro 2
  • King Bibi with Dan Shadur (director) - 1:00 PM @ Fiesta 3 (Sponsored by SEE International)
  • Laila at the Bridge with Elizabeth Mirzaei (director) - 2:00 PM @ Lobero (Sponsored by Toyota Mirai)
  • Land of my Children with Dario Aguirre (director) - 2:00 PM @ Metro 1 (Sponsored by SEE International)
  • Silent Forests with Mariah Wilson (director), Zebediah Smith (cinematographer) - 4:30 PM @ Lobero (Sponsored by Toyota Mirai)
  • A Seed For Change with Alexandros Ikonomidis (director) - 5:00 PM @ Metro 1
  • Crystal Swan with Bitz Gernböck (producer) Bernie Stern (producer), Debbie Vandermeulen (producer) - 5:20 PM @ Metro 2 
  • TBA: Maya - 5:40 PM @ Metro 3
  • David Crosby: Remember My Name with David Crosby (musician), A.J. Eaton (director) - 7:00 PM @ Lobero (Sponsored by Toyota Mirai and SEE International)
  • Stockholm with Nicholas Tabarrok & Robert Budreau - 7:20 PM @ Fiesta 4 
  • Emma Peeters with Nicole Palo (director) - 8:00 PM @ Metro 1 
  • Cemetery Park with Brandon Alvis (director) - 8:20 @ Metro 2 

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