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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's Producers, Writers, and Women's Panels announced!



Producers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 11:00am
Writers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 2:00pm
Women's Panel - Thursday April 8th @ 2:00pm
Panelists listed below!


"Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented.  The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year's slate is possibly the best ever!" commented Roger Durling, SBIFF's Executive Director.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s panelists for the always riveting Industry Panel series.

The Producers Panel brings together some of the industry’s leading producers to provide insight into the business as well as the creative sides of producing. The Producers Panel will be a live-streamed event Saturday, April 3 @ 11:00am, moderated by Glenn Whipp. Panelists include:
Christina Oh (Minari)
Ceán Chaffin (Mank)
Dan Janvey (Nomadland)
David Parfitt (The Father)
Josey McNamara (Promising Young Woman)
Marc Platt (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Sacha Ben Harroche (Sound of Metal)
Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah)

The Writers Panel brings top writers together to converse about what it takes to write a script and about their journeys to the big screen. The Writers Panel will be a live-streamed event Saturday, April 3 @ 2:00pm, moderated by Anne Thompson. Panelists include:
Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)
Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)
Florian Zeller (The Father)
Kemp Powers (Soul)
Kenny and Keith Lucas (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Peter Baynham (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger)

Women from all stages of film production come together to discuss the unique challenges they have faced and successes they have had in the film industry. The Women’s Panel will be a live-streamed event Thursday, April 8 @ 2:00pm, moderated by Madelyn Hammond. Panelists include:
Dana Murray (Soul - Producer)
Elvira Lind (The Letter Room - Writer/Director)
Garret Bradley (Time - Director)
Kori Rae (Onward - Producer)
Madeline Sharafian (Pixar's Burrow - Director)
Michele Couttolenc (Sound of Metal - Sound Design)
Tiara Thomas (Fight For You – Co-Writer Oscar nominated song from “Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Trish Summerville (Mank - Costume Design)



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