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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 in Tweets: Outstanding Director Award last night

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

Not to say that Steven Spielberg phoned it in last night, but the WEST SIDE STORY teller had to appear by video link at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) due to what Executive Director Roger Durling said was? "They tested positive for Covid." Did he mean Spielberg, who looked healthy as a peach on the link? Or Jane Campion on the screen from New Zealand? Perhaps DRIVE MY CAR's Ryusuke Hamaguchi is the only one of the three to actually test positive?

Hamaguchi spoke via video link with interviewer Scott Feinberg from The Hollywood Reporter, who conducted all the chats for the evening, to say that he was in quarantine for 14 days. He apologized profusely, name-checking each director, including Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) and Kenneth Branagh, who did make the event in person. So welcome to the big nights of SBIFF in its 37th year, with this hybrid live and virtual event.

PTA warmed up the crowd with his Valley signature humor, saying his friend Gary Goeztman inspired his Oscar-nominated film LICORICE PIZZA with "he's the kind of friend who will say, 'did I tell you about the time I murdered somebody?'" To crowd laughter, PTA dialed down some of the elements of being a director in general. "Acting is kind of bullshit," the There Will Be Blood helmer joked.

Jane Campion told of her days with "mean technical people, mostly guys." "This is when there were very few women in the business," The Power of the Dog's auteur said. Then she admitted to making Benedict Cumberbatch waltz with Jesse Plemons, as a way to force Plemons into submission for the film's imbalance of power between the brothers. "Jesse is actually more of an alpha than Ben," so she whittled down the difference by making Benedict dominant dance partner.

Kenneth Branagh said he was that kid watching British film Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang in Belfast, Northern Ireland when the street flash grenade went off during the troubles. "I was so young," BELFAST's director explained, while praising his cast members to a person. He added that even Dame Judi Dench said "I love that man," about "soulful" Ciarán Hinds after a take.

Before you hear the recap of Spielberg saying "my wife Kate Capshaw got me through this" to finish WEST SIDE STORY? There is a funny Spielberg joke on the interwebs as: "Who is married to Steven Spielberg and can identify all the crosswalks?" Kate Capcha... Get it? Okay, well Steven Spielberg has done so many speeches about his opus WEST SIDE STORY, no wonder he showed up from home... but he did say "No, I don't see myself ever doing another musical." Full Stop.

In homage to Spielberg "pre-recorded" after the promise to patrons of SBIFF for the in-person treatment, we have some Tweet shortcut coverage of the event, also a digital cheat, lol.

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