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9/26/14 - SBIFF will present Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to Cousteau family
For the first time in 5 years, the SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine -- for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean. The award will be presented on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre.
Said Durling, “The name Cousteau is synonymous with ocean exploration and preservation, something the Santa Barbara community is equally passionate about. Acknowledging them for their dedication to continue their mission through action and education is both an honor and a privilege.”
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his children Fabien and Celine have dedicated their lives to protecting and preserving the planet’s extensive and endangered marine life. Together they participated in the PBS series, “Ocean Adventures” from 2006 – 2010. The show, inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s famous television series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” provided viewers with a unique look into some of the most astounding marine species and environments on the planet. Individually, they have all continued to fulfill the family legacy.
Jean-Michel Cousteau has reached millions of people globally through Ocean Futures Society, a non- profit marine conservation and education organization he founded in Santa Barbara in 1999. The organization serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by inspiring and educating people to act responsibly for its protection. Having produced over 80 films, and being a syndicated columnist for different news and dive publications, Jean-Michel has used the power of media to spread awareness of the Ocean. Jean-Michel’s most recent film, his first IMAX®, “Secret Ocean 3D,” is due to premiere in March 2015. He has also been involved in ecotourism at different locations around the world, including the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort since 1995 and most recently at Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines. All his ecotourism projects strive to implement energy conservation, waste management, and water conservation, establish nature reserves, restore local coastal habitats, provide environmental education for the guests and to the local schools, and much more.
Fabien Cousteau, uses his experience in the field and applies his knowledge to help clarify that environmental discipline can be the basis for cutting-edge solutions that strike a balance between global environmental problems, and the realities of market economies. Fabien is an active member of multiple cause-driven and charitable organizations. Fabien is currently working on a feature documentary film and book documenting the adventures of “Mission 31,” in which Fabien broke new ground in ocean exploration living 63 feet below the ocean’s surface, honoring the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s original underwater living experiment by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting each moment live, exposing the world to the adventure, educating the public in a fun and interesting way.
Celine Cousteau is the founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions, a non- profit organization that creates cause-focused multi-media content. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans, having consulted with and acted as spokesperson for several companies on their conservation efforts. She strives to reconnect people with the natural world through education and awareness using various art forms such as photography, film and speaking to audiences all over the world. Celine’s most recent project is a multimedia engagement campaign, “Tribes on the Edge,” which is based on the indigenous tribes of the Vale do Javari reserve in the Brazilian Amazon. With a documentary at its core, this international campaign includes a variety of supporters, from a world renowned chef to an eco-conscious designer. They are seeking application for UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status to include the tribal territory of the Vale do Javari.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.
“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director. “What better way to kick off our 30th anniversary!”
Desert Dancer is a powerful and unbelievable true story set in Iran that follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another. Richard Raymond directs the film, which was written by Jon Croker, based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian. The film, starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury, will be released by Relativity Studios in select cities on March 20, 2015 and expanding on March 27, 2015. For more information about the movie, like them on Facebook at facebook.com/desertdancerthemovie.
8/25/14 - Last week to SAVE! ..... 25% OFF SBIFF Passes & Packages
Between now and August 29th you can get 25% off passes and packages for the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. ..... 12 Days ..... 200 Films ..... 85K Film Fanatics ..... Call (805) 963-0023 or visit www.SBIFF.org.
7/30/14 - Just announced! ... Jessica Lange to receive SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's ninth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM will be presented to two time Academy Award-winning actress JESSICA LANGE. Guests will gather to celebrate her achievements at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Sunday November 16, 2014. In the tradition of the award, top-name presenters will be revealed closer to the event. Commented Kirk Douglas, “Jessica Lange possess the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence…all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honor to give her my award.”
Lange is in revered company, joining previous recipients Forrest Whittaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself. Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, Lange has dazzled the screen with over thirty credits to her name. She made her Hollywood debut in John Guillermin’s King Kong opposite Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging performances in Frances and in Sydney Pollack’s memorable comedy Tootsie starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. Lange won her second Oscar for her starring role in Blue Sky, opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Lange has since amazed audiences with dynamic performances in such films as Country, opposite Sam Shepard for which she earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations; Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both of which garnered her Academy Award nominations; the TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award; Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear; Rob Roy with Liam Neeson; Tim Burton’s Big Fish; Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, among many, many others. Lange has since won Emmy Awards for her performances in HBO’s Grey Gardens, and the hit FX series American Horror Story. She recently wrapped Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, also starring Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson, and is currently in production on the Andy Tennant film Wild Oats, as well as her fourth season of American Horror Story. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Bacara Resort & Spa Website
Between now and August 29th you can get 25% off passes and packages for the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. ..... 12 Days ..... 200 Films ..... 85K Film Fanatics ..... Call (805) 963-0023 or visit www.SBIFF.org. Website
7/18/14 - It's the Wave Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre
Something magical has been happening at the Riviera Theatre. Film lovers have been experiencing an extraordinary sample of the best of current French cinema. Come join us this weekend. Here's the schedule: http://www.sbiff.org/images/wave_webschedule.pdf
6/26/14 - SBIFF announces its line-up for the brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival”
SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” announces its highly anticipated line up for the inaugural year. This first edition will focus solely on an eclectic mix of eleven brand new French films, sure to delight the hungry cinephiles of Santa Barbara. The five day festival begins Wednesday July 16 and continues through Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Riviera Theatre.
Said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “It's fitting that as we approach the 30th anniversary SBIFF expands its programming and have more of a year round presence with the Wave Film Festival. In the future we hope to have several editions -- or 'waves' -- throughout the year, allowing for longevity and continued growth for SBIFF as well as the Santa Barbara community.”
The official schedule is available at www.sbiff.org. SBIFF will announce the final two films for The Wave Film Festival during the first week of July.
4/16/14 - heads Up! The Wave Film Festival -- July 16 - 20
SBIFF is introducing a brand new summer film showcase called “The Wave Film Festival.” In their continued efforts to bring more year round foreign and independent films to hungry cinephiles of the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF will present a 5-day Film Festival each summer. This summer will focus solely on French Cinema. Over a dozen fresh and current French films will be shown Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20 at the Riviera Theatre. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Riviera Theatre Website
4/15/14 - Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) extends dates for 30th edition
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015 as the dates for the 30th edition. In honor of the 30th Anniversary, SBIFF has added a 12th day, extending the movie-going experience for all…just one of the many ways they will be celebrating as they enter into its third decade.
2/10/14 - SBIFF announces its "Third Weekend - Free Screenings of The Best of the Fest" -- 2/14
If you missed some of the festival favorites this past week, have no fear! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue their tradition of presenting the “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of the 29th Festival for Santa Barbara residents. The films will be screened throughout the weekend of February 14-16 at the Riviera Theatre. Screenings are FREE and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Here's the schedule: Friday February 14, 2014
7:00 PM - Noble
9:30 PM - BFFs - preceded by short film Satellite Beach
SATURDAY, February 15:
11:00 AM - Lutah
2:00 PM - Bauyr (Little Brother)
4:30 PM - Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on The Gay Rodeo - preceded by short film Tome of the Unknown
7:00 PM - God's Slave
9:30 PM - 1982
SUNDAY, February 16:
11:00 AM - The Broken Circle Breakdown
2:00 PM - Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
4:30 PM - Eastern Boys
7:00 PM - For A Woman
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The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGGÒ Australia, announced the winners of the 2014 festival competition at a Press Conference and Brunch Sunday morning at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. To the delight of patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 29th season continued the tradition of presenting purely exceptional films, spanning genres and topics that surpass anything before. Throughout the 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of the most vivacious periods the area has ever seen.
Commented Executive Director Roger Durling, “The caliber of films that we welcomed to our community was exceptional and opened our eyes to all corners of the world. We are proud to have shown these films and have them be a part of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.”
The esteemed jury for the 2014 SBIFF included: Yahoo! Movies writer Thelma Adams, documentary filmmaker Mimi deGruy, SBIFF Founder Phyllis DePicciotto, actress Frances Fisher, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, producer Ted Hope, Academy Award-winning editor Artie Schmidt, actor Alan Thicke, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe.
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to NOBLE, directed by Stephen Bradley and starring Dierdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Mark Huberman, Liam Cunningham and Nhu Quynh Nguyen. In 1989 Vietnam, a funny, feisty and courageous woman overcomes the difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon, helping more than 70,000 street children on the other side of the world. Winner received a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. Mark Huberman, who plays the role of David Somers in the film, was on hand to accept the award for director Stephen Bradley.
Frances Fisher, who along with Ted Hope judged the Independent category, commented that Stephen Bradley's NOBLE “lived up to its title. It’s a powerful story of triumph over adversity. Inspiring - beautifully shot, acted and directed.”
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Hill Harper for his performance in 1982, directed by Tommy Oliver.
The Best International Film Award went to France’s EASTERN BOYS, directed by Robin Campillo and starring Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov and Daniil Vorobyov about a middle-aged Frenchman who solicits a young foreigner and finds himself entangled with a group of young Eastern European hustlers.
Said Guettel, who judged along with Thelma Adams commented, “Eastern Boys doesn’t care what you think is right or wrong. It just unfolds through three beautifully intuitive performances, a fresh story of moral hazard and reward.”
Diane Kurys’ FOR A WOMAN received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in directing.
Best Documentary Film Award went to QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, directed by Matt Livadary. Roping and riding and busting stereotypes, the dauntless members of the International Gay Rodeo Association face constant obstacles in their quest to qualify for the World Gay Rodeo Finals. Director Matt Livadary, along with producer Erin Krozek was on hand to accept the award.
Said deGruy, who judged along with Schmidt, “It was a difficult decision to choose one 'best' because this year's documentary roster was so strong. Ultimately, we chose Queens and Cowboys because of its strong story, directing, editing, camerawork, use of music and its strong heart. It was an entertaining, courageous, moving, thought provoking film than upends just about every gay prejudice and stereotype.”
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film was awarded to GOD’S SLAVE (ESCLAVO DE DIOS), directed by Joel Novoa. Inspired by true events, this is the story of two extremists, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while on opposing sides of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA bombings. Director Joel Novoa and producer Jose Novoa were on hand to accept the award.
The Best Eastern European Film Award for best Eastern Bloc feature went to BAUYR (LITTLE BROTHER), from Kazakhstan directed by Serik Aprymov. In a small remote village lost in the mountains, nine-year-old Yerken is forced to live alone without any support. But the day finally arrives when his older brother returns home, and Yerken is full of joy and happiness. His brother turns out to be the direct opposite of little Yerken, a cold and hollow-hearted person— personality traits which Yerken fails to notice due to his unrequited love and affection for his brother. Through the unfolding events, Yerken never leaves the impression of a helpless little boy; he doesn’t fight the harsh reality around him—he is too young for that. Instead, he is consistently self-contained and protected by his inner world. Director Serik Aprymov, along with Alisher Aprymov who portrayed the older brother, was present to accept the award.
Jurors Phyllis dePicciotto and Anthony Zerbe commented that both the Spanish Language and Eastern Bloc sections offered an amazing, diverse world view of so many different cultures. “This year was rich in film offerings, making it difficult to pick a winner. They opened our eyes to global views that enrich us as human beings, whether they are comedies, dramas or thrillers. The festival attendees were treated to a cinematic fest.”
The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to SATELLITE BEACH, directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson. Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, and the final move of the Atlantic space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. King Orba (one of the actors in the film) accepted the award along with Bud Kremp, Director Of Photography.
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to TOME OF THE UNKNOWN, directed by Patrick McHale and starring Elijah Wood and Warren Burton about two brother who find themselves lost in a mysterious place called the Unknown, a place where long-forgotten stories take shape around them as they search for a way home. Director Patrick McHale and Executive Producers Brian Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey were there to accept the award.
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues went to THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE, directed by Thomas Allen Harris. This film explores the role that photography has played in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Director Thomas Allen Harris was there to accept the award.
The Audience Choice Award, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent, went to QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, directed by Matt Livadary.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGGÒ Australia, concludes with back-to-back screenings of the Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, with Before Midnight as the Closing night film, followed by a Conversation with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by Anne Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Thompson on Hollywood for IndieWIREcom.
The schedule for the Third Weekend, featuring the Best of the Fest will be announced soon.
2/5/14 - SBIFF announces lineup for second weekend panels
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is pleased to announce the second weekend panelists. SBIFF has become known for their highly-acclaimed Panel Series where accomplished industry professionals, most of whom have emerged as Academy Award nominees, come together for lively, informative and revealing panel discussions. The Panel Series is presented by Cox Communications.
Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, at the Lobero Theatre will be the "It Starts With the Script" panel, which brings together some of today’s most talented and innovative writing professionals as they discuss the process of giving life to film. Moderated by IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson, this year’s Academy Award nominated panelists include: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Jeff Pope (Philomena), and Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club).
Following the writer’s panel, at 2:00 p.m., is SBIFF’s "Directors on Directing" panel, where some of the world’s most renowned directors dicsuss their films, their craft, and their challenges. Moderated by Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, this year’s Academy Award-nominated panelists include: Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), and Felix Van Groeningen (Broken Circle Breakdown). Sponsored by Brooks Institute.
The SBIFF is proud to announce the newly installed "Masters of VFX Visual Effects Technology" Panel. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., join three award-winning masters of visual effects technology as they discuss the latest advancements and the influence that technology has on filmmaking. Moderated by Feature Post Production 20th Century Fox’s President, Ted Gagliano, the VFX Technology Panel will feature Oscar-winning VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Rob Legato (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Oscar nominee VFX Supervisor Tim Webber (Gravity). Sponsored by Adobe.
For ticket information, log onto www.sbiff.org.
2/4/14 - SBIFF announces the 2014 Virtuosos Award recipients.
The 2014 Virtuosos Award recipients are Daniel Brühl (Rush), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska), along with Sinceridad’s director, writer and producer Andrea Casaseca Ferror, Selma Rubin and Community of Life’s director Beezhan Tulu and Across Grace Alley’s director Ralph Macchio and actress Karina Smirnoff.
The awards tribute is tonight at the Arlington Theatre.
1/28/14 - Bruce Dern steps in to receive SBIFF's Modern Master Award -- February 8th
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern with the Modern Master Award. (Emma Thompson, who was slated to receive the Modern Master Award, is unfortunately now not able to be in attendance as she is required for rehearsal in London on the New York Philharmonic staging of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, which will be directed by Lonny Price.) The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Dern joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
Bruce Dern will be honored for his distinguished career, which includes his most recent role of a lifetime as the headstrong Woody in Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed film Nebraska. SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented “We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award – he's not only a Modern Master – he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in ‘Woody Grant.’ It’s his time and we’re delighted to honor him.”
Bruce Dern’s tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of critically acclaimed performances, Bruce has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. A celebrated stage actor, Bruce was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at The Actor’s Studio and made his film debut in Kazan’s “Wild River” (1960). In the 1960s, Bruce also found success as a distinguished television actor. He appeared regularly in contemporary Western TV-series as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s television series. Hitchcock was such a fan of Dern’s, he cast him in both “Marnie” and, “Family Plot” (Hitchcock’s final film).
During the 1960s, Dern went on to work with director Roger Corman and appeared in several of his classic and decade defining films including Wild Angels. He received critical success for films such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? opposite Jane Fonda and Drive, He Said, directed by Jack Nicholson, and went down in history for his role as Long Hair in The Cowboys in which he became the first man ever to kill John Wayne on screen.
Bruce went on to star in such classic films like The King of Marvin Gardens with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn as well as playing Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. It was his brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home that earned him both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe nomination. Bruce co-starred with Charlize Theron in Monster, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of all time. Most recently Bruce has worked with iconic directors Francis Ford Coppola in Twixt and Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained.
Other credits include: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davis, Douglas Trumball’s Silent Running, Michael Ritchie’s Smile, Middle Age Crazy with Anne Margaret, The ‘Burbs with Tom Hanks, The Haunting with Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Bob Thornton’s All The Pretty Horses, Bob Dylan’s Masked and Anonymous, to name just a few.
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1/23/14 - SBIFF will present the Outstanding Director Award to David O. Russell on January 31st
“It was at the first-ever screening of American Hustle for the SBIFF Cinema Society last November that I knew precisely who should receive our Outstanding Director Award,” recalled SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Now I’m glad I can let the cat out of the bag. Russell has matured into one of the most essential voices in film today. His deeply personal trilogy, comprised of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, tap deeply at the core of the American dream where anyone should be guaranteed the opportunity of a second chance, of reinvention and triumph. As a writer and director, he is not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world. He has the eye for the picture he wants to present and then does so, with an expertise that is as bold as it is a joy to watch.”
David O. Russell’s last three films have garnered 25 Oscar nominations, including 11 acting nominations and three wins. For the second year in a row, Russell has directed his cast to acting nominations in all four Oscar® acting races. His latest film, American Hustle has been honored with 10 Academy Award® nominations, including a Best Director nomination for Russell and a Best Original Screenplay nomination that he shared with Eric Warren Singer. It has also won three Golden Globe Awards and has received 10 BAFTA Award nominations, including a nomination for Russell for Best Director, a Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Russell, and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. It has been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle as the Best Picture of the Year. Previously, Russell received Oscar® nominations for his work directing The Fighter and wring and directing Silver Linings Playbook, as well as a BAFTA Award for his screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s two previous films, American Hustle defies genre to tell a story of love, reinvention, and survival. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.
Tickets, Festival Passes and Packages are available now and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now in its 29th year, SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 75,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of the art of filmmaking and continues its commitment to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
1/16/14 - SBIFF welcomes 15 Oscar Nominees to the 29th Fest -- More Surprises to be Announced
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 30, is proud to welcome 15 Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.
“This year has given us some of the greatest collection of movies in decades,” commented Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “We congratulate this morning’s nominees and we are proud of all of our 2014 honorees…it’s their incredible work that we look forward to celebrating.”
This year’s Cinema Vanguard recipients Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio both received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, for The Wolf of Wall Street, which also received a Best Picture nod. This marks the 9th nomination for Scorsese, having won once for Hugo, and DiCaprio’s 3rd nod for Best Actor. The Cinema Vanguard Award will be presented on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
Outstanding Performer of the Year, Cate Blanchett, received her 5th nomination, this time for her role in Blue Jasmine. It was in 2004’s The Aviator that Blanchett won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Virtuosos recipient and Golden Globe winner Jared Leto received his 1st nomination for Dallas Buyers Club, as did fellow Virtuoso recipient, June Squibb receiving her 1st nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
SBIFF also congratulates Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, who received their 2nd nomination for their collaboration on the Adapted Screenplay for Before Midnight, the first being for Before Sunset. The trilogy will be screened on closing day of the fest, culminating with a Conversation with the three writers followed by Before Midnight as the fest’s closer.
SBIFF will also feature three of the five Animated Features nominees, starting with Frozen¸ directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, which will be presented to 4000 Title 1 students for “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies,” and The Croods and Despicable Me 2 being screened for AppleBox, free Saturday morning family screenings.
SBIFF will also present Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown, The Missing Picture from Cambodia, and Omar from Palestine.
The number of nominees will continue to grow with the upcoming announcement of those participating in the panels, which will feature nominated Directors, Writers and Producers and Visual Effects Artists, as well as some of the nominated features and short films.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, takes place Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9. For information, log onto www.sbiff.org.
1/7/14 - Save the Date! SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- January 30 at the Arlington
SBIFF 2014 will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the World Premiere of Mission Blue, directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens. Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle is on a personal mission to save the Ocean. Shot over a three-year period in numerous locations around the world, Mission Blue traces Sylvia’s remarkable personal journey, from her earliest memories exploring the Ocean as a young girl, to her days leading a daring undersea mission in the Virgin Islands to her experience as the chief scientist at NOAA and beyond. The film is part oceanic road trip; part biography; part action adventure story. Guiding us through the film is Fisher Stevens, whose own lifelong passion for the Ocean inspired him to produce the Academy award winning film, The Cove. In many ways, Mission Blue is an extension of that earlier film. But rather than explore a single issue, Mission Blue tackles the daunting challenge of how to protect a once vibrant system that is now under attack like never before. As a witness to change over the past 60 years, Sylvia is a steadfast warrior, leading the charge to restore it to health before it’s too late. The film also features James Cameron and the late Mike deGruy. Opening night, sponsored by Studio 7 and The Santa Barbara Independent, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 30, 2014, with director Fisher Stevens and Sylvia Earle attending. The film will be followed by a gala reception (Ticket required) at Paseo Nuevo Mall. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
The 2014 poster, once again created by the talented Barbara Boros, captures the essence of Santa Barbara while also highlighting the element of films and filmmaking. With Santa Barbara’s lush wine country serving as inspiration, which was also the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film Sideways, the poster celebrates SCREEN CUISINE, a recent addition to our film sidebars and has been expanded due to its great popularity. Finally, the poster also ‘toasts’ a new partnership with our wine sponsor, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. Website
1/2/14 - Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio to receive SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award -- February 6th
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be celebrated for their extraordinary film collaboration which has produced five exemplary films including Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and their latest, the critically acclaimed hit film The Wolf of Wall Street, which has taken their fearless and uncompromising work together to an even deeper level. Comments Durling, “Scorsese and DiCaprio’s partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart – and even Scorsese and De Niro.”
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of those who have forged his/her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Past recipients include Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are two of the most recognized, respected, and multi-talented artists in Hollywood. Audiences have enjoyed watching their work continue to evolve in new ways, speaking to a level of mutual trust and risk taking that pushes them as an actor and filmmaker. This is most evident in this year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which depicts a notorious stock swindler who squandered profits from a boiler-room "pump and dump" scheme on cocaine, prostitutes, and lavish excesses. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
12/29/13 - Save the Date! SBIFF will screening the "Before" Trilogy on February 9th
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will present the critically acclaimed Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight with an in-depth conversation with co-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater following the third film.
“This trilogy creates one of the most authentic portrayals of love on the screen,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, “and it's an undeniable gift to be able to experience all three movies in one day as well as to host its three talented creators.”
The Before trilogy has been a critical darling since Before Sunrise was released in 1995. The film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, portrayed a young couple meeting for the first time on a train who decide to spend the whole day together in Vienna with the chance of never seeing one another again. The sequel, Before Sunset, was released nine years later in 2004, with Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine meeting each other again by chance in Paris. The film, which was co-written by Hawke, Delpy and director Richard Linklater, was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Lobero Theatre Website
12/17/13 - Robert Redford to receive SBIFF's American Riviera Award -- Friday, February 7
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor actor, director and producer Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award -- an award SBIFF established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Redford will join an illustrious group of past recipients, including Quentin Tarantino (2013) and Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004). “To honor Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said Durling. “His fifty-year career - filled with significant achievements both on and off camera - is reason enough for celebration, but his role in ALL IS LOST - one of the best performances of the year - proves that he's an artist that continues to evolve and inspire us.”
Redford’s career reflects a man who embodies an array of talents. He’s an actor, producer and director, as well as an ardent conservationist and environmentalist. He is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression and his passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts. Having honed his acting skill on television as well as on stage, his early film work includes Barefoot in the Park, for which he reprised his stage role of newlywed Paul Bratter, Inside Daisy Clover, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, among others. It was his breakthrough role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that made Hollywood stand up and take notice. The film became an instant classic, firmly establishing Redford as one of the industry’s top leading men. He has since built a distinguished acting career, starring in such notable feature films as The Sting, Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, Brubaker, The Natural, Out of Africa, Indecent Proposal, Up Close and Personal, Spy Game, The Last Castle, The Clearing and An Unfinished Life.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
12/9/13 - Seven Actors to receive 2014 Virtuosos Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2014 Virtuosos Award to Daniel Brühl (Rush), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Arlington Theatre at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs January 30 - February 9, 2014.
The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Previous recipients for this award include Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Demian Bichir, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Andy Serkis, Patton Oswalt, Andrew Garfield, John Hawkes, Lesley Manville, Hailee Steinfeld, Jacki Weaver, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Amy Ryan and Michael Shannon.
Comments Durling, “2013 has been a banner year for movies, and these groups of actors are a vital representation of what made those films so triumphant."
12/9/13 - The Kirk Douglas Award has been rescheduled to Sunday January 5th
Due to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Forest Whitaker will be in South Africa and unable to make it to Santa Barbara on Sunday, December 15th, so the Kirk Douglas Award has been rescheduled to Sunday January 5th. Thank you all for your understanding. Website
11/19/13 - SBIFF to Honor Emma Thompson with Modern Master Award on February 28th
Emma Thompson will be honored for her illustrious versatile career, which includes her captivating portrayal of P.L. Travers, author of the universally beloved Mary Poppins novels, in the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock. “With the distinction of being the only artist to win an Oscar for both Best Actress and Best Screenplay, Ms. Thompson exemplifies the spirit of the Modern Master,” commented Roger Durling.
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Thompson joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
11/13/13 - Oprah Winfrey to be honored with SBIFF's Montecito Award -- Oprah Winfrey -- 2/5
On February 25th, at the Arlington Theater, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be proud to honor Oprah Winfrey with the prestigious Montecito Award presented by UGG® Australia at the 29th edition of the Festival on behalf of her inspirational performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career and whose style has been a contribution to film. Previously, the award has been given to such luminaries as Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005.
Oprah Winfrey’s most recent work includes her moving portrayal of supportive wife Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama stars Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple administrations, set against the arc of the civil rights movement.
“Ms. Winfrey, the actress, inhabits Gloria Gaines with such gusto – she makes you forget Oprah the impresario,” comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Her performance is career-defining and reason to rejoice.”
Winfrey, an accomplished actress, producer and business woman, made her acting debut in 1985 with the period drama The Color Purple portraying the troubled wife, Sofia, a performance that garnered her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1998, she starred in and produced Jonathan Demme’s Beloved and in 2009 she served as Executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film Precious, which went on to receive six Academy Award® nominations and winning two. Winfrey also lent her voice in several movies such as Charlotte’s Web, Bee Movie and The Princess and The Frog. For 25 years Oprah Winfrey was in America’s homes as host and producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show under her own banner of Harpo Productions and is currently the Chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In 2011 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for efforts that promote hope around the world and goodwill for the film industry.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
11/6/13 - Save the Date! SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award -- Cate Blanchett -- 2/1
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett on Saturday, February 1. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine at the 29th edition of the Festival, which runs January 30 – February 9, 2014, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “In her first collaboration with master director Woody Allen, Blanchett knocks it out of the park in the best performance of her already illustrious career,“ remarked Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to be able to celebrate her achievement.”
Blanchett will be honored for her stellar performance in this year’s Blue Jasmine, in which she portrays Jasmine French, a deeply conflicted and complex woman in the throes of her world unraveling. The imploding of her life has far-reaching effects on those around her, leaving the audience to wonder if everyone can heal and move forward. Jasmine is tragically flawed and with Blanchett at the helm, we feel Jasmine’s pain and experience her journey.
The arsenal from which Blanchett hones her talent has allowed her the opportunity to portray a wide range of personalities in films by some of the most esteemed directors. Those films include Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, for which she received her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Barry Levinson’s Bandits, Lasse Hallström’s The Shipping News, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Joel Schumacher’s Veronica Guerin, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (for which Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel, Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal, for which she received her second Oscar nomination, and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, to name just a few. Blanchett received two Oscar nominations in 2008, as Best Lead Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, giving her the distinction of being one of only five actors (and the only female actor) in Academy history to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films, and as Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There, further distinguishing her as one of eleven actors to have been nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Blanchett will next appear in The Monuments Men.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
10/31/13 - Forest Whitaker to receive the Kirk Douglas Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s eighth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM will be presented to Academy Award-winning actor FOREST WHITAKER. Guests will gather to celebrate his achievements at this black-tie Gala dinner. In the tradition of the award, top-name presenters will be revealed closer to the event.
“Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare,” commented Kirk Douglas. Whitaker is in exceptional company, joining previous recipients Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.
Whitaker brings an authentic realism to each of his performances. Often referred to as a ‘gentle giant,’ Whitaker has the ability to get under our skin, guiding the audience through every character he embodies, making him one of the most versatile performers of all time. This promises to be an exciting year for Whitaker. He most recently portrayed Cecil Gaines, a butler at the White House serving eight presidents during his tenure in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opposite Oprah Winfrey; he will grace the screen in Out of the Furnace, opposite Christian Bale; and he will also be seen in his first musical, Black Nativity, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett. In addition, Forest is the founder of LA-based Significant Productions, where he served as a producer on Fruitvale Station, which won the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Forest made his directorial debut with Strapped, for which he won the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival. He has directed and executive produced popular classics including Waiting to Exhale, Hope Floats and First Daughter. He’s produced numerous award-winning films and has executive produced several made-for-television movies and miniseries, most notably, Door to Door in 2002, for which he earned an Emmy Award.
Other notable films include The Last Stand, Where the Wild Things Are, The Great Debators, Phone Booth, Panic Room, Pret-a-Porter, The Crying Game, A Rage in Harlem, Good Morning, Vietnam, Platoon, The Color of Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and countless others. Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival Venue ... Bacara Resort & Spa Website
2/26/13 - Film and Award History -- 2013 S.B.I.F.F.
Here is a summary of the awards and panels at the recent 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival:
Modern Master Award – Ben Affleck
Montecito Award – Daniel Day-Lewis
Outstanding Performance of the Year – Jennifer Lawrence
The American Riviera™ Award – Quentin Tarantino
Cinema Vanguard Award – Amy Adams
Virtuosos Award – Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhané Wallis
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower)
Roman Coppola, (Moonrise Kingdom)
John Gatins (Flight)
Rian Johnson (Looper)
David Magee (Life of Pi)
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)
Mark Andrews (Brave)
Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook)
Debra Hayward (Les Miserables)
Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Kathleen Kennedy (Lincoln)
Stacey Sher (Django Unchained)
David Womark (Life of Pi)
Allison Abbate (producer, Frankenweenie)
Lucy Alibar (writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Marissa Paiva (Director of Development, Fox Life of Pi)
Katherine Sarafian (producer, Brave)
Pilar Savone (producer, Django Unchained)
AWARD WINNING FILMS
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
directed by Macdara Vallely
COMING OF AGE (Anfang 80)
The Best International Film Award
directed by Gerhard Ertl and Sabine Hiebler
7 BOXES (7 Cajas)
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film
directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori
MORE THAN HONEY
Best Documentary Film Award
directed by Markus Imhoof
The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
directed by Golan Rise
SLEIGHT OF HAND
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
directed by Michael Cusack
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
directed by Rob Stewart and executive produced by Gus Van Sant
The Audience Choice Award
directed by Joseph Levy
10-10-10 Screenwriting Winners
Leanne Sturman – TO MAKE A LOVE STORY SHORT – San Marcos High School
Gabriella Guillen – PARADISE CAFÉ – Santa Barbara City College
10-10-10 Filmmaking Winners
Patrick Hall – TOLD YOU – Santa Barbara High School
Kevin Huang – SUNSET ON CABRILLO BLVD. Brooks Institute
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is proud to present Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th edition of the Festival which runs January 24 – February 3, 2013. Lawrence will be honored for her diverse performances in film this year. In both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook she presents two vastly different and complex characters. In The Hunger Games, Lawrence stars as the courageous and fierce, Katniss Everdeen, striving to survive. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany, the mysterious and disturbed neighbor to Pat Solantano (Cooper). Pat lost everything and is trying to get his life back together, when he meets Tiffany who has problems of her own. Through an unlikely friendship comes a strong bond between them and silver linings begin to appear in both their lives. Silver Linings Playbook is a heartfelt dramatic comedy about the everyday struggles as well as the triumphs of ordinary people. This film allows audiences to see a dark, comedic, and more vulnerable side of Lawrence that is quite remarkable. “Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in The Hunger Games, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in Silver Lining Playbook – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.” As an Academy Award nominated actress, Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors having appeared in a number of critically acclaimed roles and working with some of the industry’s most respected filmmakers. For her 2010 performance in the gritty independent, Winter’s Bone, her memorable portrayal of “Ree Dolly” garnered her Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award® nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actress. Lawrence is currently in production The Hunger Games upcoming sequel Catching Fire, reprising her role as “Katniss Everdeen.” She recently completed production starring in the title role on Susanne Bier’s, Serena, set in the depression-era. Previous credits include Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class; Jodie Foster’s The Beaver; Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy; Lori Petty’s The Poker House, for which she was awarded the prize of Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival; and Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain, where she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 65th Venice Film Festival. Venue: Arlington Theatre. EmailWebsite
1/29/13 - Tonight! -- SBIFF - Virtuosos Award at the Arlington
The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are: Ann Dowd from "Compliance";
Elle Fanning from "Ginger & Rosa";
Ezra Miller from "The Perks of Being A Wallflower";
Eddie Redmayne from "Les Miserables";
Omar Sy from "The Intouchables";
Quvenzhané Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild". Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
1/24/13 - SBIFF American Riviera Award -- Quentin Tarantino -- January 30
In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor legendary, Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer/actor Quentin Tarantino whose latest film Django Unchained was released to critical and box office success and is nominated for five Academy Awards – including Best Picture. Quentin Tarantino is honored to accept the award as Leo DiCaprio regrettably had scheduling conflicts and cannot attend the previous announced event which had been scheduled for February 1. “We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio’s conflict, but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an SBIFF’s favorite,” says Executive Director Roger Durling. The American Riviera Award was established to recognize an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Tarantino will join an illustrious group of past recipients, including frequent collaborator director Martin Scorsese (2012): Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004). As a writer, director, producer and actor, anything Tarantino touches becomes an instant cinematic classic. He has not only established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation, but his dedication and diverse producing efforts consistently demonstrate his respect for both those who came before and the ones just now breaking in. Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 24, has added 15 films to the already stellar lineup of films being showcased at this year’s festival, including three Academy Award nominees, two World Premieres and two US Premieres.
“We’ve added some fantastic new films that broaden the scope of the program and embody the international spirit of the festival,” commented Michael Albright, SBIFF’s Director of Programming.
World Premieres being added are:
ANGELS IN EXILE, South Africa;
U.S. Premieres being added are:
MADDENED BY HIS ABSENCE (J’enrage de son Absence), France; SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, India.
Oscar nominated films added are:
A ROYAL AFFAIR (En kongelig affære), Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany;
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, USA;
WAR WITCH (Rebelle), Canada;
In addition, the following are also added to the program:
BEIJING FLICKERS, China; BEYOND THE HILLS, Romania/France; MUMBAI’S KING, India;
SOUND CITY, USA;
STILL MINE, Canada;
THE PUNK SYNDROME, Finland/Norway/Sweden.
For the complete online schedule go to ... http://sbiff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2013-film-schedule-is-now-live Website
1/18/13 - Ben Affleck will receive SBIFF's Modern Master Award -- January 25
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will honor director, producer and actor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013. “Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with ARGO,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we’re thrilled to honor him this year.”
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Affleck joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Christopher Plummer. Affleck will be honored for his work this year as the director, star and producer of the critically acclaimed film Argo. He has proven to be a master of his craft with Argo, receiving acclaim from both critics and audiences. Skillfully capturing the tension brought upon by the subject matter, Affleck uses the film’s pacing and tone to enhance it to its greatest potential. Based on true events, the film chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio, the film is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney.
Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
Once again, we are happy to announce that the 2013 poster has once again been created by the talented Barbara Boros. Highlighting the ocean life and waterscape so loved by those who both live in and visit Santa Barbara, the design was inspired by the incomparable Mike deGruy and his dedication to all living things. This year’s poster encapsulates the vast film world depicted in the seemingly endless ocean where creativity and possibilities are limitless.
1/6/13 - Save the Date! -- SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- January 24
The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open with the U.S. Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot. The director and cast are expected to attend. The film will be followed by a gala reception at Paseo Nuevo Mall. Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
11/28/12 - SBIFF's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will honor Jennifer Lawrence
On Saturday, February 2 Jennifer Lawrence will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence will be honored for her diverse performances in film this year. In both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook she presents two vastly different and complex characters. In The Hunger Games, Lawrence stars as the courageous and fierce, Katniss Everdeen, striving to survive. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany. Silver Linings Playbook is a heartfelt dramatic comedy about everyday struggles as well as the triumphs of ordinary people showcasing a dark, comedic, and more vulnerable side of Lawrence that is quite remarkable.
“Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in The Hunger Games, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in Silver Lining Playbook – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.” Website
11/15/12 - SBIFF will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award on January 26, 2013
“Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with ARGO,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we’re thrilled to honor him this year.”
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Affleck joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Christopher Plummer.
Affleck will be honored for his work this year as the director, star and producer of the critically acclaimed film Argo. He has proven to be a master of his craft with Argo, receiving acclaim from both critics and audiences. Skillfully capturing the tension brought upon by the subject matter, Affleck uses the film’s pacing and tone to enhance it to its greatest potential. Based on true events, the film chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio, the film is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney. Website
10/18/12 - Save the Date! -- SBIFF Honors Robert DeNiro -- December 8
In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the sixth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary actor Robert DeNiro. The black-tie Gala dinner will take a look into DeNiro’s prestigious career and feature the award presentation. Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa. Website
6/26/12 - Save the Date! -- Silver Screen Bash -- July 14th at QAD
Join us for fun-filled evening like no other – all in an effort to raise money to ensure the children, students and families in Santa Barbara have access to quality arts programs. All food and cocktails included in the price of admission!!! • Walk the red carpet past the paparazzi • Dine on gourmet food • Sip sumptuous cocktails, wine and beer
• Bid on unique silent auction items • Dance the night away on the dance floor • Enjoy the stunning view from the hilltop. • Visit the Jaqua Beauty Lounge for your henna tattoo
Silver Screen Bash is Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s largest fundraiser for our free children’s education and community outreach programs: Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition, SBIFF College Intern Program, and 3rd Weekend. During the 2012 film festival, over 12,250 children, students, and families participated in one of SBIFF’s free programs. Venue: QAD. EmailWebsite
4/9/12 - 2013 SBIFF dates are set ..... Jan 24 - Feb 3!! Discounted passes on sale May 1.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by lynda.com has set Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 as the dates for the 28th edition of the festival, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling.
Comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “The 27th edition was an exciting one for us - full of changes and growth with our first ever acquisitions program. Now in the midst of preparations for the 28th edition - we guarantee you that the best is yet to come.”
Festival Passes and Packages go on sale May 1 and are discounted at 25% until June 25 and can be purchased exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
The Santa BarbaraInternational Film Festival is dedicated to the art of filmmaking, which seeks out and consequently offers a broad array of international and independent films, with a commitment to diversity.
SBIFF, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year, endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting eleven days of films, tributes and symposiums, raising consciousness of film as an art form.
SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination.
SBIFF continues it commitment to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies and educational seminars. EmailWebsite
3rd weekend is a community event where we show some of the highlights from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for free at the Riviera Theatre (2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA).
The schedule for this year is as follows: Friday February 10
7:00 pm Up There
9:30 pm Vinyl w/ The Missing Key Saturday February 11
11:00 am Dirty Energy
1:00 pm Barrymore
4:00 pm Pretty Old
7:00 pm Starbuck w/ Picture Paris
9:30 pm The Rumble of The Stones Sunday February 12
11:00 am Otter 501
1:00 pm Heat Wave w/ L Train
4:00 pm Free Men
7:00 pm Horses
All screenings are free to the public and in fairness to the entire community,seating is on a first come first served basis.
As the policy for all free Festival programming, there will be no Q’s handed out.
Saving seats will not be allowed inside the theatre.
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1/27/12 - Tonight at SBIFF -- Outstanding Performer Award -- Viola Davis
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present award-winning actress, Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Tate Taylor’s "The Help".
Davis captivated audiences and critics alike last summer with her portrayal of African American housemaid “Aibileen Clark.” Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, “The Help” chronicles the relationship between three different and extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Deeply moving, filled with humor, hope and heart, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
Durling comments, “It’s hard to imagine another performance this year that pierces your heart the way Viola does as Aibileen.”
In 2008’s Doubt, Davis rendered audiences heartbroken with her performance as a troubled mother, forced to make a difficult decision to secure a future for her young son. Garnering wide critical acclaim, Davis’ work in the film solidified her as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, and earned her nominations for an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. Davis first landed on the big screen as a social worker in the Academy Award® nominated film Traffic. Shortly thereafter in 2002, Davis appeared in pivotal roles in Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi drama, Solaris, opposite George Clooney, Far From Heaven, opposite Julianne Moore and Antwone Fisher which garnered Davis and Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress.” Venue: Arlington Theatre. EmailWebsite
1/26/12 - TONIGHT -- SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala
The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5), presented by lynda.com, opens tonight with the World Premiere of the Sony Classics Pictures film "Darling Companion," directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 26, 2012 and is sponsored by Studio 7.
“We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” remarked SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
In DARLING COMPANION, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional. Venue: Arlington Theatre. EmailWebsite
1/25/12 - SBIFF is proud to welcome 23+ Academy Award nominees
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 26, is proud to welcome 23+ Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.
Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “We’re thrilled to pieces to have all of these nominees coming to SBIFF. Congrats to all of them, and we’re grateful they will be joining us soon.”
Hugo emerged as the film with the most nominations, receiving 11 in all, including Best Director for American Riviera Award honoree Martin Scorsese, as well as Best Picture.
Receiving an astounding 10 nominations was The Artist, and Santa Barbara will have the honor of celebrating first time nominees Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo with the Cinema Vanguard Award. Director Michel Hazanavicius and producer Thomas Langmann will also attend the festival.
This year’s Modern Master, Christopher Plummer, received his second Oscar nomination for his performance in Beginners, written and directed by Santa Barbara’s own Mike Mills, who will present the festival’s highest honor.
SBIFF’s Outstanding Performer of the Year, Viola Davis also received her second Oscar nomination for her extraordinary performance in The Help. Joining her that night will be her co-star and Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer, along with writer/director Tate Taylor.
Receiving their first Academy Award nominations are Virtuosos Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life), as well as director Gore Verbinski (Rango), who will screen Rango for Field Trip to the Movies.
Additional festival attendees/films that received nominations include:
Rango; Kung Fu Panda 2;
Puss in Boots;
Bullhead, foreign film from Belgium;
La Luna, animated short film from Pixar;
Joe Berlinger, whose documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory got nominated, will be at the festival with his documentary Under African Skies.
The number of nominees attending SBIFF will continue to grow, as you can expect to see the following in SB for panels (soon to be announced), to name just a few:
Jim Rash (Descendants);
Jim Burke (De EmailWebsite
1/19/12 - SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- Next Thursday, January 26
The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2012 Festival with the World Premiere of the Sony Classics Pictures film Darling Companion, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer.
“We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” remarked SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
In DARLING COMPANION, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional. Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
Carry the Santa Barbara International Film Festival schedule in your pocket, even without an internet connection.
Whether you’ve already built a custom schedule on our web site or just want to be able to browse our films on your iOS device, the Festival Genius iPhone app lets you:
- Browse, sort, and search the complete film list and event schedule at your festival
- View film details with stills, trailers, synopsis, and cast & crew (internet connection required for trailers)
- Build a personal calendar of the films you want to see (and then sync it with your account on our web site)
- See what’s playing right now and for the rest of the day with Now Playing
To get started, download the Festival Genius iPhone app and select Santa Barbara International Film Festival from the list at:
If you already have the Festival Genius app, tap “more” and then “change festival” to see the list of available fests.
1/13/12 - SBIFF has added “The Samaritan” to the lineup
The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by lynda.com, which takes place January 26 through February 5, is pleased to announce the addition of the World Premiere of THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, to the program as a Gala Presentation. The red carpet Gala event will take place on Sunday, January 29, at 7pm at the Lobero Theatre.
Produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai, The Samaritan also stars Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz), Ruth Negga (Love/Hate) and Oscar nominated Tom Wilkinson (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). After twenty-five years in prison, Foley (Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.
THE SAMARITAN was produced with the participation of Telefim Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Producers are Hamori and Weaver with Suzanne Cheriton and Tony Wosk, Executive producers are Mark Musselman with Lacia Kornylo, Mark Horowitz, Jackson, Eli Selden, Geoffrey Brant, James Atherton, and Jan Pace.
To attend this film you will need to have a Pass or a MiniPak.
12/15/11 - Martin Scorcese will be honored with SBIFF's American Riviera Award on January 30
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is thrilled to honor Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter, producer and film historian Martin Scorsese with the American Riviera Award, marking the first time the award has been bestowed on a director. Scorsese, whose latest films, "Hugo" and the HBO documentary George Harrison: "Living in the Material World" were released to critical acclaim this fall, will be honored on Monday, January 30 at the Arlington Theatre for the Fest’s 27th edition, which runs January 26 - February 5, 2012. The American Riviera Award is sponsored by Bridlewood Estate Winery. .
“Honoring Scorsese has been a dream of SBIFF's for many years,” commented Fest Executive Director Roger Durling, “We're thrilled that it's happening during a year when this contemporary master of cinema is breaking new ground with Hugo.”
12/8/11 - Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo will receive Cinema Vanguard Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will bestow Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Saturday February 4, 2012. The actors will be honored for their performances in the silent film The Artist with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre at the 27th edition of the Festival which runs January 26 – February 5, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. The award has previously been presented to Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.
12/1/11 - Viola Davis to Receive "Outstanding Performer of the Year" Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present award-winning actress, Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, January 27, 2012, sponsored by Chumash Casino Resort. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Tate Taylor’s The Help at the 27th edition of the Festival which runs January 26 - February 5, 2012, it was announced yesterday by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
Davis captivated audiences and critics alike last summer with her portrayal of African American housemaid “Aibileen Clark.” Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, “The Help” chronicles the relationship between three different and extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.Deeply moving, filled with humor, hope and heart, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
Durling comments, "It's hard to imagine another performance this year that pierces your heart the way Viola does as Aibileen."
6/27/11 - Save the Date!! Silver Screen Bash -- July 17th.
The Silver Screen Bash is our largest fundraiser for the free children’s education and community outreach programs and is a fun-filled evening featuring:
• Red Carpet entrance
• Gourmet food
• Silent Auction
• much more! All included with the purchase of your ticket. ----- In 2011, SBIFF was thrilled to host over 11,000 students, children and families at Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 10-10-10 Student Competitions and 3rd Weekend. We have heard from many of the families that attend AppleBox films and from the students who attend Field Trip to the Movies that this is the only time they have seen a movie at a movie theater. Something many of us take for granted. All proceeds benefit SBIFF’s free children’s education and community outreach programs.
----- All purchases are non-refundable and non-replaceable. Must be 21 or over to attend.
All Food and Drinks included in ticket price!
----- VIP Reception 5pm. General Admission 6pm. Website
4/28/11 - SBIFF announces 2012 Film Festival dates
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 5, 2012 as the dates for the 27th edition of the festival, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling.
“I’m thrilled to be in the midst of preparations for the 27th edition - and celebrating my tenth anniversary at the helm of SBIFF. Under the Board leadership of Stone, along with guidance by Barbakow, the bar will continue to be raised!”
As the new season begins, SBIFF welcomes Douglas Stone as the new President of the Board of Directors. After five years leading the Festival Board through one of SBIFF’s most successful and fruitful years, Jeff Barbakow will become Chairman.
Festival Passes and Packages go on sale May 1 and are discounted at 25% until June 24 and can be purchased exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
Douglas Stone is the founding partner of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP and is the firm’s managing partner. His practice centers around two primary areas: the representation of talent clients (e.g., actors, writers and directors); and the representation of producers and entrepreneurial production companies in all aspects of the entertainment and related industries. Mr. Stone is also a principal of Traction Media. Traction is a company created by Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP to further the interests of independent filmmakers. Traction represents films for the sale of distribution rights as well as produces and packages feature film projects. In addition, Traction assists equity financiers seeking film projects and works with production companies that need help packaging and/or setting up their projects. Through Traction, Mr. Stone has been involved in the sale of dozens of films.
Santa Barbara, CA - International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. To the joy and surprise of both patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 26th season managed to surpass even the great success of last year's silver anniversary. Throughout the past 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of the most vivacious periods the area has ever seen.
Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, "This year in particular, I have been incredibly impressed by our film lineup. Each of the films possessed their own unique quality, creating one of the most diverse and interesting programs yet."
The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included: actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor Billy Baldwin (Gossip Girl); writer/director Paul Brickman (Risky Business)and his wife Jennifer Brickman; writer/producerRusty Lemorande (Electric Dreams, Captain EO),Frank Donner (producer, Deliver Us From Evil); actor Anthony Zerbe(The Matrix) and his wife Arnette Zerbe and director Andy Davis (The Fugitive).
The winning films are as follows:
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to the Australian film Face To Face (WORLD PREMIERE),directed by Michael Rymer. Written by Australian playwright David Williamson and adapted for the screen by Rymer, the film is based on transcripts from actual conflict resolution sessions. Wayne, a young construction worker, rams into the back of his boss’s car in a fit of anger at being fired. Rather than going to court, he opts for a community conference to discuss the events that led to such a violent reaction. In the tradition of 12 Angry Men, Face To Face is an ensemble piece, focusing on ten very dissimilar Australians bound together by a complex pattern of relationships and shared histories. They come together to navigate a series of entanglements to help determine the fate of this troubled young man. Featuring an impressive cast of A-list Australian actors including Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Luke Ford and Matthew Newton, this film truly reveals the tangled webs we weave.
Winner received a camera package worth $60,000.
The Best Inte EmailWebsite
2/3/11 - Nicole Kidman will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Saturday night
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. The award has previously been awarded to Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling. ----- “Honoring Nicole Kidman is so exciting for us here at SBIFF,” comments Roger Durling. “Her work is immensely diverse and with this year’s heart-wrenching and brilliant performance in ‘Rabbit Hole’ – a project she helped develop as well – it is exactly who we should be celebrating with the 2011 Cinema Vanguard Award.” With each of her performances, Nicole Kidman represents the actor in its finest and most polished form. A woman of many talents, she effortlessly navigates through a diverse range of genres; mastering drama, horror, comedy, romance, and even the musical.
----- In her upcoming film Rabbit Hole, which she also co-produced, Kidman plunges heart-first into the role of Becca Corbett, a wife and mother who experiences the ultimate loss. Starring alongside Aaron Eckhart, Kidman delivers a performance so passionate and engrossing, that the audience can’t help but to place themselves in Becca’s shoes. EmailWebsite
2/1/11 - DIRECTORS ON DIRECTING PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR WEEKEND TWO OF SBIFF
Following some of the most insightful conversations with the industry’s top producers and writers, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will now shed light on the minds of some of the year’s finest directors.
Moderated by Variety’s Peter Bart, the esteemed “Directors on Directing”panel, will feature Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3).
The panel will take place during the festival’s second weekend, on Saturday February 5, at 11am in the Lobero Theatre.
1/31/11 - THAT ’S WHAT I AM - WORLD PREMIERE (SBIFF Centerpiece Film) -- Feb 2nd at Arlington Theatre
Set in 1965…Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), 12, like most
kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict in fear of
suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his
peers. Unfortunately for Andy, that’s all about to change.
Andy is put to the test when his English teacher, Mr.
Simon (Ed Harris), pairs him up with the school’s biggest
outcast/social pariah, Stanley. However, what Andy will
soon learn, is that there truly was a method behind Mr.
Simon’s madness as to why he teamed these two up…Not only does Andy discover that being different is
acceptable in the end, but most importantly, he starts to understand the value of tolerance and culpability.
That’s What I Am is a movie that encapsulates those two themes and shows how over the course of one
school term, a young man’s life can change forever. Website
1/30/11 - Geoffrey Rush will receive the Montecito Award tomorrow... Monday.
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career, and has previously been presented to Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005. ----- Geoffrey Rush stands tall within a rare and genuine class of actors, able to command the screen in each and every one of his roles. Ranging from the comedic to the dramatic, Rush’s vast and eclectic body of work illustrates him as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors.
“I feel like Royalty’s coming to SBIFF,” remarked Durling. “Having been an admirer of everything Geoffrey Rush has done (including his Tony-winning performance in Exit The King), we’re truly blessed to get to celebrate him this year where he once again reminds us in The King’s Speech that he’s one of our greatest actors.” ----- Geoffrey Rush’s most recent work includes his portrayal of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in the Tom Hooper film The King’s Speech. In the film, Lionel is recruited to help the man who would become King George VI (Colin Firth) get over his incredible stammer. Like his character in the film, Rush proves to be a true master of his craft, forging an incredible relationship with not only his pupil, but the audience itself.
----- Rush made his big screen debut as a detective in the 1981 Australian film Hoodwink, and followed up the next year with a performance in the musical Starstruck. It was in 1996, however, that Rush really captured the attention of the world for his role as pianist David Helfgott in Shine. This role gained him an Academy Award for Best Actor and cemented him amongst Hollywood’s most elite. In 1998, Rush drew upon his vast theater experience to take on characters in three stage inspired films: as Javert in Les Miserables, as Sir Francis Walsingham in Elizabeth, and as Philip Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The following year, he ventured into comedy as Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men and also horror as Stephen Price in House on Haunted Hill. Rush received another Academy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2000 for his performance as The Marquis de Sade in Quills. 2003 proved to be a monumentous year for Rush, first venturing into the animated realm as Nigel in Disney Pixar’s smash success Finding Nemo. He then stepped into the career defining role EmailWebsite
1/28/11 - SBIFF >>> Tomorrow night -- James Franco >>> Tonight -- Annette Bening
James Franco will be honored for his compelling performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, the true story of young adventurer, Aron Ralson. After embarking on a journey through the Moab Desert, Ralson finds himself trapped and alone after a boulder crushes his arm deep within a canyon. There he is forced to take any means necessary to escape with his life.
----- “A truly, exceptional actor who embraces the character and lives the story to tell it,” comments Durling, “James Franco eases onto the screen, seducing the audience no matter if he is the hero, the villain or the victim.” While the audience embraced him from the moment he burst on to the small screen in 1999’s Freaks and Geeks, it was his convincing performance and striking likeness to James Dean in the 2001 TNT made-for-TV movie bio-pic James Dean that gained respect from the public and his fellow actors. EmailWebsite
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 film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, both of whom are scheduled to be in attendance. ----- Remarked SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “From its triumphant unveiling in Toronto to its recent accolades in France and Tokyo, SARAH’S KEY has been stunning audiences, and we’re proud to open our 26th edition with it.”
Based on the international bestselling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, the film beautifully interweaves two seemingly different stories, illustrating a remarkable connection between the past and present. ----- The first story is that of Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance), a ten year old Jewish girl living in Paris during World War II. After the Vichy government and Nazi occupiers begin arresting Jews, Sarah attempts to save her family by locking her four-year old brother in a cupboard. Seen through her eyes, Sarah and her parents are taken from their home and eventually sent to the Nazi death camps. ----- The second story follows Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist living in modern day Paris with her French husband. Julia is assigned to write a story on the Vel’d’Hiv roundup of 1942, and upon investigation discovers she has a personal connection. The home owned by her husband’s family is actually the same one that Sarah and her family were taken from. The film takes an emotional look into a historical event long hidden, but now sure to never be forgotten. EmailWebsite
1/26/11 - January 30th -- SBIFF's highest honor, the Modern Master Award, goes to Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan, writer/director/producer of the acclaimed blockbuster Inception, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, Modern Master Award, presented by lynda.com. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. ----- Nolan joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, and James Cameron.
“Every one of Nolan’s films has set a new standard for the film community, with Inception being the latest example,” comments Durling. “Nolan was the natural choice for this year’s SBIFF’s Modern Master Award.”
----- Standing out as one of the greatest minds in cinema, Nolan consistently pushes the boundaries of both filmmaking and storytelling. Demonstrating great versatility throughout his career, he has masterfully taken on the challenges of film as a director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer. His films have achieved immense success at the box office, drawing some of the largest profits in history, while at the same time they are recognized and renowned for being intellectually sophisticated and a challenge for all audiences alike.
----- From the beginning of his career, Nolan has demonstrated to be a master of multiple crafts in which he took on the roles of writer, producer, cinematographer, and director for his first film Following (1998). The noir thriller was recognized at a number of international film festivals, prior to being released theatrically. Nolan’s second film was the independent feature Memento (2000), which he directed from his own screenplay, based on a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan. The film brought Nolan numerous honors, including Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He then directed the critically acclaimed psychological thriller Insomnia (2002) starring Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. In 2005, Nolan co-wrote and directed Batman Begins. The smash hit re-imagined the Batman film franchise, pleasing critics and fans alike. Nolan also directed, co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller The Prestige, which received Oscar® nominations for its outstanding art direction and cinematography.
Nolan directed, co-wrote, Website
1/25/11 - This Friday -- Annette Bening will be honored with the American Riviera Award
“I fell in love with Annette Bening the moment I saw her on Broadway in Coastal Disturbances in 1987,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “It was one of those ‘a star is born’ moments. Ever since, she’s been one of my favorite actresses, and she will always have a home here at the festival.” ----- The American Riviera Award was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Bening will join an illustrious group of past recipients: Sandra Bullock (10), Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (06), Kevin Bacon (05) and Diane Lane (04). ----- In her most recent performance as Nic in The Kids Are All Right, she expertly navigated through a vast range of emotions, bringing to light and life the non-traditional family with a character determined to keep her family together. Earlier this year in Mother and Child saw Bening personify a very different character in Karen who was isolated and distant in her relationships with everyone. Proving yet again that she is not one to shy away from a challenge, she took on two diametrically opposed versions of the modern day mother.
----- From her work in romantic comedies such as The American President and American Beauty, to her dramatic and compelling performances in Being Julia, Regarding Henry and The Grifters, Bening consistently embraces the story as well as the character adding a level of authenticity rarely seen on screen. She has time and again made a significant contribution to the world of films and of America throughout her career. EmailWebsite
The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) continues its tradition of showcasing amazing films from all over the world, honoring world-class talent, stimulating panels and being one of the major stops on the road to the Academy Awards. Opening Night is this Thursday, the 27th. EmailWebsite
1/13/11 - Make sure you plan your Film Feasts during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has added a dash of epicurean excitement with Film Feast, a new prix fixe dining program featuring Short (2-course), Feature (3-course) and Epic (4-course) seasonal menus at 30+ participating restaurants. The downtown wineries are getting in on the action with Film Sips, discounted wine tastings on the Urban Wine Trail. And don't fret - you don't have to be a Hollywood heavy-hitter to afford a Film Feast getaway. Film Sleeps , cinema-centric hotel specials, let you invite the whole entourage without breaking the bank. Click here to plan your Film Feast getaway today! Website
1/7/11 - 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival -- January 27 - February 6
Among the 170+ films from 49 countries, SBIFF presents 30 World Premieres and 33 U.S.
Premieres, including the U.S. Premiere of one of the most anticipated films of 2011, “Nostalgia for
the Light,” since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Filmmaker Patricio Guzmán travels
to the Atacama desert in Chile to trace the connections between its role both as a centre for
international astronomy and a symbol of the ruthless repression of Pinochet's regime. Website
9/30/10 - SBIFF to present Harrison Ford with Kirk Douglas Award
In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the fifth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary Academy Award-nominated actor/producer Harrison Ford. The black-tie Gala dinner, which serves as a fundraiser for SBIFF, will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 19, 2010. The evening is sponsored by Chopin Vodka.
“I’m delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford,” commented Kirk Douglas. “It’s always a pleasure to honor these young actors who do so well.”
Ford’s impressive body of work contains 43 feature films, 12 of which have each grossed over $100 million, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Throughout his career, Ford has captivated audiences with each performance, becoming one of the most influential and widely celebrated actors in the history of Hollywood. He has consistently given diverse and compelling performances, mastering the challenges of both comedy and drama: sometimes within the span of a single scene. His ability to bring the audience along with him to the outer reaches of the universe with expert guidance has garnered him loyalty among his audience as well as his peers.
Ford first turned heads playing Bob Falfa in George Lucas’, American Graffiti (1973). A few years later Lucas cast him as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo in Star Wars. The film shattered all box office records and made Ford a household name. After starring in a few more films such as Hanover Street(1978) and The Frisco Kid (1979), as well as a cameo in Apocalypse Now (1979),he donned the famous fedora as Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Between the Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and the Raiders sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), andIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Ford took on many other roles which enabled him to demonstrate immense range as an actor. He delivered a gritty performance as a cop in the nihilistic future LA in Blade Runner (1982); he received an Academy Award nomination for his role as a cop on the lam hiding out in Amish country in Witness (1985); he portrayed an eccentric idealistic inventor in The Mosquito Coast (1986); he portrayed a Hitchcock protagonist in Frantic (1988) before showing his fla Website