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Santa Barbara International Film Festival steps into acquisition

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In 2012 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue on its path to becoming one of the world’s most sought after and prestigious film festivals with the debut of its first ever Acquisitions Program, which will take place on the first weekend of the festival, January 27-29, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.   The weekend long program will be run in association with Traction Media, a Los Angeles-based film production and sales company, and...

Sarah's key to open next Santa Barbara Fest

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 27 – February 6, will open the 2011 Festival with the film SARAH’S KEY. Already receiving critical acclaim across the world, the French film will make its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Festival’s opening night event. The filmstarsKristin Scott Thomas and is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, both of whom are scheduled to be in attendance. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 27, 2011.Remarked...

The Global Film Village: Oliver Stone Talks about Wall Street 2 at the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Oliver Stone  came to the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival on Saturday February 13, for the West Coast premiere of his film South of the Border about the new left of center leaders in 7 countries in South America. He talked with David Poland of Movie City News about many topics mostly political. He also touched on his new fiction film Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. This clip below is about Wall Street. Future clips will touch on the other topics. ...

10-10-10

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It goes something like this. Seven years running, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has made dreams come true with a themed student competition that pairs industry professionals with student filmmakers. Appropriately, this year’s theme is Twenty-Five. Final Draft and Business First Bank sponsored the competition with The Riordan Foundation providing a grant. To start, both high school and college student writers submit a ten page sample of their best work be it sta...

Santa Barbara Sunday by Kimberly Deisler

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Santa Barbara Sunday   The opening weekend successfully kicked off with incredible films and celebrity tributes and today was no exception.  What ticks me off is having so many great films and not enough hours in the day to see everything.  By the time I got my blog posted, half the day was shot and so I shoe-leather-expressed it up to the Victoria Hall to check out one of this year’s nominees for The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award for Documentary Film entitle...

Kirk Douglas will award Ed Harris at Santa Barbara

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the third annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to esteemed actor/director Ed Harris.The award will be presented to Harris on Thursday, October 2. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will host the black-tie Gala dinner at the The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara and will feature a look at Mr. Harris’s illustrious career. A few special guests ...

The Man of Two Havanas Screens at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Vivien Lesnik Weisman thought that hearing the sound of gunshots as a child was a normal occurance. Her father, Max Lesnick, is a former Castro confidant and an important and controversial figure in the Cuban community. He is also the subject of this film. In this audio interview, Vivien talks about the project while at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Reception. To see a trailer of the film, visit: 5:25 minutes (1.24 MB)

Travolta to be honoured at next Santa Barbara Fest

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the second annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to legendary actor John Travolta.The award will be presented to Travolta on Thursday, November 15. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will host the black-tie Gala dinner at the Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara and will feature a look at Mr. Travolta’s illustrious career. A few special gu...

Whittaker reigns supreme as Santa Barbara closes down

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Getaway day in Santa Barbara The Sunday morning edition of the Santa Barbara News-Press was covered with color photos of a happily smiling Forest Whitaker posing with his pretty wife and pressing the flesh on the red carpet at the final gala of the fest, where the tall, heavy-set, shaven-craned Afro-American “actor’s actor “ with the drooping left eye was honoured with the festival’s American Riviera award for his overall career trajectory, but especially in recognition of his “role o...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Draws 31 Oscar Contenders!

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Santa Barbara is a very upscale seaside paradise a scant 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles, distinguished more for its high rents, distinctive Spanish architecture and sprawling beachfront university than for the modest international film festival to which it has been home since 1985. Slowly building year by year and able to draw easily on Hollywood based talent because of its relative proximity to Tinseltown, the Santa Barbara fest has now come into its own and has staked out its claim as ...

Will Smith multifaceted talents to be recognised at Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SET TO RUN JANUARY 25-FEBURARY 4Will Smith, multifaceted actor, producer and writer, will be this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.Smith has the distinction of being a cross-generational draw as well as being able to break through various genres of films. Having first endeared himself as a fresh new artist in TV’s “Fresh Princ...

Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival student line up

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10-10-10 Student Finalists Lined Up for 21st Santa Barbara Int’l Film FestivalSanta Barbara Int’l Film Festival has announced the student finalists for the 10-10-10 Competitions – adding a new twist this year with a Screenwriting challenge to the already well-established Filmmaking contest. Organizers of the event are SBIFF’s Roger Durling, Guy Smith and Michael Stinson from SBCC Digital Arts Dept., Dave Stein, project liaison and SBIFF’s Mary Lynn Harms. The SBIFF is grateful to the ...

Dave Barry turns Movie Star at Santa Barbara

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Dave Barry Turns Movie Star at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has always been a bit adventurous with its selection of films. Along with the requisite slate of solid international and American independent features, the festival does a great job supporting local films and filmmakers. This year, midway through the 20th edition, more than two thousand people packed the Arlington Theatre for the Centerpiece screening and World Premiere of ...

Jackson Digital Synthesis

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JACKSON HOLE ‘DIGITAL SYNTHESIS’ ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO SANTA BARBARA FOR 2004 TECH SYMPOSIUM The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival returns to Santa Barbara, California for its biennial Tech Symposium, DIGITAL SYNTHESIS, 2004. Slated for September 30-October 2, the three-day event is targeted specifically for media professionals interested in exploring the economic, logistical and creative dimensions of technological advances in the industry. Described by Festival Executive Director, Lisa...

Digital Days SBIFF awards winners

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DIGITAL DAYS 2004 TEEN FILMMAKER AWARDS ANNOUNCEDRichard Corwin and Gretchen Miller, producers of Digital Days 2004 at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program as:* Amanda Weiss, "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat," Cal Arts, Valencia, CA* Cole Sanchez, "Fridge," Rancho Marrieta, CA* Carolyn Chrisman, "Ascension Rites," Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, CA * Austin Madison, "Boy Meets Rex," Sacramento, CA* Daniel Howard, "Jai Yen-C...

Peter jackson Modern Master award at Santa Barbara

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PETER JACKSON TO RECEIVE MODERN MASTER AWARD AT 19th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present this year's Modern Master Award to the director/producer/writer of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, Peter Jackson, it was announced today by Festival Director, Roger Durling. Says Durling, "When I first came on board, I was asked who would be my choice for Modern Master. I could think of only one name that perfectly exemplified a Modern Master ...

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