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11/16/17 - Just Announced ... SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award -- Gary Oldman -- 2/2
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Gary Oldman is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Oldman will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ Darkest Hour. Leonard Maltin, for who the award was recently renamed after, will return for his 27th year to moderate the evening. The award will be presented on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.
“Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” stated Leonard Maltin. “With Darkest Hour, he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.
Darkest Hour takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Stephen Dillane. Darkest Hour is in theaters November 22, 2017.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of long-time SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
9/28/17 - The Wave Film Festival ~ France -- this weekend.
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Come celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the NEW Riviera Theatre with a 7 day cinematic trip to France. 11 exciting new French films will play from September 29 through October 5 at the newly renovated state of the art Lynda & Bruce's Riviera Theatre. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
9/26/17 - SBIFF's The Wave Film Festival ~ France begins on Friday
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Come celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the NEW Riviera Theatre with a 7 day cinematic trip to France. 11 exciting new French films will play from September 29 through October 5 at the newly renovated state of the art Lynda & Bruce's Riviera Theatre. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
9/23/17 - One more week ... SBIFF's "The Wave" Film Festival ~ France starts 9/29
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Come celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the NEW Riviera Theatre with a 7 day cinematic trip to France. 11 exciting new French films will play from September 29 through October 5 at the newly renovated state of the art Lynda & Bruce's Riviera Theatre. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
8/29/17 - Only a dozen Cinema Passes left for 2018 SBIFF!
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Dear Cinephiles, Thursday is the last day to save 25% on 2018 SBIFF Passes. The State Street Pass is SOLD OUT and there are ONLY A DOZEN Cinema Passes left. Do NOT miss out! See you at the movies!   Website
8/2/17 - 25% OFF on 2018 SBIFF Passes and Packages
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The 33rd 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.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. The 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.
The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 72,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara Movie Theatres  Website
2/14/17 - HEADS UP! SBIFF Third Weekend Film Screenings just announced!!
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If you missed some of the festival favorites this year, have no fear! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue their tradition of presenting the “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of this year's Festival for Santa Barbara residents. Screenings are FREE and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Here's the schedule:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 - 5:00PM “DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: REFUGEES” Including “REFUGE” and “REFUGEE” - Winners of the Best Documentary Short Film Award ..... 7:30PM “THE CONSTITUTION” Winner of the Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film ..... 9:30PM “GAVIOTA: THE END OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA”
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 - 11:00AM “REBELS ON POINTE” ..... 2:00PM “THE GOOD CATHOLIC” Winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema Preceded by “IT'S BEEN LIKE A YEAR” - winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film ..... 5:00PM “SÁMI BLOOD” Winner of the Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film ..... 7:30PM “MY HERO BROTHER” Winner of the Audience Choice Award and Best Documentary Award ..... 9:30PM “GIVEN”
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19 - 11:00AM “TAMARA” Winner of the Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema ..... 2:00PM “ANGRY INUK” Winner of the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film ..... 5:00PM “STRAWBERRY DAYS” Winner of the ADL Stand Up Award Preceded by “CONFINO” - Winner of the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film ..... 7:30PM “JERICO, THE INFINITE FLIGHT OF DAYS” ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Fiesta Theatre  Website
2/11/17 - SBIFF Announces Award Winners in 11 Categories
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They are ...
ADL Stand Up Award: STRAWBERRY DAYS
Audience Choice Award: MY HERO BROTHER
Best Documentary Award: MY HERO BROTHER
Best Documentary Short Film Award: REFUGE
Best Documentary Short Film Award: REFUGEE
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: IT’S BEEN LIKE A YEAR
Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: CONFINO
Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film: THE CONSTITUTION
Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema: THE GOOD CATHOLIC
Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema: TAMARA
Social Justin Award for Documentary Film: ANGRY ANUK
Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film: SÁMI BLOOD

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly anticipated winners for its 32nd year at a breakfast held in their honor. All eleven awards were announced, culminating in the coveted audience award, which went to MY HERO BROTHER. The films were chosen by jury members Richard Raymond, Joanna Kerns, Jesus Lloveras, Martin Gooch, Anthony & Arnette Zerbe, Alan Marshall, Artie Schmidt, Janet Walker, Phyllis de Picciotto, Perry Lang, Mimi deGruy, and Richard Harris.

Three awards were handed out for short films. The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film went to Cameron Fay’s IT’S BEEN LIKE A YEAR, chosen for its humorous depiction of a young man becoming increasingly distracted during a romantic rendezvous.CONFINO, directed by NicoBonomolo,received the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film. When asked why they chose CONFINO, jury members Mimi deGruy and Perry Lang stated, “With a combination of beautiful rendering, music and heart, it’s a poignant portrait of an artist reaching out in the dark for community.”Finally, Best Documentary Short Film was awarded to two films: Matthew K. Firpo’s REFUGE, and REFUGEE, directed by Joyce Chen and Emily Moore. REFUGEE was chosen because of the filmmakers’ unique portrait of a West African woman that leaves her children to come to the US to provide them with a better future. Jury members chose REFUGE for its impressive chronicle of stories from the European Refugee Crisis, and for its messages of humanity and hope.

The Nueva Vision Award for Spanish / Latin American Cinema went to Martin Tuta’s TAMARA, chosen by jury members for being so bold and straightforward with such an important and relevant issue as transitioning genders, and for electrifying filmmaking with powerful and emotional performances.

MY HERO BROTHER was awarded the Best Documentary Film Award, as well as the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent. Director Yonatan Nir’s stirring documentary was chosen for its heartwarming portrayal of a group of young people with Down syndrome embarking on an arduous trek through the Himalayas.

Paul Shoulberg’s THE GOOD CATHOLIC took home the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema.Jury members Joanna Kerns and Richard Harris commented that “"Every once in awhile you get the privilege to watch a film that pulls you in emotionally from the opening moment, THE GOOD CATHOLIC is that movie. Economically written, flawlessly directed, cast and performed, this intimate film about a young priest’s crisis of faith after meeting a woman in confessional, takes you on that journey.”

The Social Justice Award for Documentary Film went to ANGRY INUK, directed by Althea Arnaquq-Baril. Jury members chose the controversial film for its deep dive into the central role of seal hunting in the lives of the Inuit, and the negative impact that international campaigns against the seal hunt have had on them.
v Jury members chose THE CONSTITUTION as the recipient of the Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award for Best International Film. Jury members praised the performances of the actors and applauded the film as a richly conceived and ambitious look at multiple characters that live in the same building but avoid each other because of their differences in assets, sexual habits, nationality, and religion.
v Sponsored by Santa Barbara and Tri-Counties ADL, The ADL Stand Up Award went to Wiktor Ericsson’s STRAWBERRY DAYS. The purpose of the ADL Stand Up Award is to recognize and celebrate the impact that storytelling can have in fostering mutual understanding and respect. “Strawberry Days”, was chosen for its brave portrayal of the exploitation of foreign workers, and its depiction of the touching bond that forms between a 15-year-old worker and the farmer’s daughter.

The Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film was awarded to SÁMI BLOOD, directed by Amanda Kernell. The film was selected for its powerful and vivid representation of racism in the 1930s and compelling story of a 14-year-old girl determined to leave her life behind.  Website
2/11/17 - "The Good Catholic" takes home top prize at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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“The Good Catholic”, an indie romantic comedy starring Danny Glover, John C McGinley, Wrenn Schmidt, and Zachary Spicer, took home the prestigious Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema during the festival awards ceremony today, with director Paul Shoulberg accepting the award on behalf of the production. Audiences flocked night after night to see the movie at the Santa Barbara International Film festival and festival programmers added a rare 4th screening of the film, with a 5th awards screening to occur later in the week.
Zachary Spicer, John Armstrong and Graham Sheldon, alongside executive producer Jordan Gershowitz and David Anspaugh, director of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy”, produced the Indiana centric film for Pigasus Pictures. “This has been a long journey for us to bring ‘The Good Catholic’ to the big screen and it’s an honor to accept this award and bring it home to the over one hundred Indiana Hoosiers that helped bring this film across the finish line. ”- Zach Spicer (Producer/Actor - “The Good Catholic”)
Spicer portrays a young, idealistic priest who loves his work more than anything. While he struggles to find balance between the dueling philosophies of his mentors, Father Victor (Danny Glover), an old school, no nonsense traditionalist, and Father Ollie (John C. McGinley), a chain-smoking, carb-addicted Franciscan, Daniel’s passion for his calling never waivers.
And then he meets Jane.
After a chance encounter during a late night confession, the complicated and mysterious Jane (Wrenn Schmidt), starts to open up Daniel’s world to an entirely different set of possibilities. And problems. As new bonds form and old ones are tested, Daniel must decide what his true calling really is -- and whether or not he has the courage to answer it.
The film was shot in Bloomington, Indiana in early 2016.
Writer/director of the film, Paul Shoulberg, spoke at the ceremony: “It's truly special to be recognized for something that I wrote in honor of my father and I was able to make with my friends.”  Website
2/9/17 - Tonight, it's ALL about "The Dude" etc. ... SBIFF American Riviera Award -- Jeff Bridges
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Jeff Bridges will be honored with SBIFF’s 2017 American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the historic Arlington Theatre. Bridges will be fêted with a Tribute, moderated by Scott Feinberg, celebrating his illustrious career, culminating with his captivating performance in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, a CBS Films release. The film opened in August to critical acclaim.
For his role in Hell or High Water, Bridges has received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor, as well as the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor. Bridges’ renowned career includes celebrated roles in films such as The Big Lebowski, Fearless, The Contender, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Door in the Floor, True Grit, Starman, The Morning After, Jagged Edge, The Last Picture Show, Against All Odds, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Fisher King, Seabiscuit, and Crazy Heart (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor).
“Jeff Bridges shows us in Hell or High Water that an already great artist can continue his growth. I may go as far as saying that this is his best performance,” stated SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “It’s truly special to be able to celebrate Jeff – for he’s not only a dear friend of SBIFF – but he is a timeless legend in our industry.”
The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have made a significant contribution to American Cinema. Bridges will join a prestigious group of past recipients, including last year’s honorees Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo (2016), Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke (2015), Robert Redford (2014), 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). ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
2/9/17 - Heads Up! The SBIFF 10-10-10 Screening & Awards Ceremony is on Saturday
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The 10-10-10 Competition is comprised of 10 pairs of high school and college students that produced 10-minute films during the 10 day run of the festival. Please join us for the 10-10-10 Screening & Awards Ceremony on Saturday at 2:00PM at the Lobero Theatre. All 10-10-10 films will be screened, followed by the announcement of the winners.
SCREENWRITERS ... Jordan Metz, Valerie Cripe, Malena McKaba, Hunter Lum, Troy Wullbrandt, Grace Burford, Claire Rossi, Andrew Tebbe, Emily Hillebrandt, Carlile Soldo, ..... FILMMAKERS Kealy Mettlen, Andrew Han, Quinnolyn Benson-Yates, Thomas Howell, Leah Bleich, Erica Boslego, Emily Hay, Tianna Lee, Camila Lemere, Carlile Soldo. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Lobero Theatre Courtyard  Website
2/3/17 - Casey Affleck & Michelle Williams will receive SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday
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Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the 32nd Festival. The two actors will be celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and will be feted with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. This announcement comes on the heels of their respective Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman,Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling commented, “Throughout their respective careers, Casey and Michelle have impressed audiences with distinct, personal roles and we are excited to bring them together to honor their sublime performances in Manchester by the Sea.” ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
2/3/17 - Tonight! SBIFF will honor Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. This marks the first time Stone has been honored by the festival and will be a return for Gosling who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008. The tribute will be moderated by SBIFF's Executive Director Roger Durling.
Durling stated, “Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema. We are so proud to celebrate them and this incredible film and its nod to the classic love stories of Old Hollywood with a contemporary twist.”
Gosling and Stone will join a recognized group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, James Franco, Colin Firth, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/31/17 - Save the Date! SBIFF Writer's Panel: "It Starts with the Script" -- 2/4
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“It Starts With the Script” brings together some of today’s most talented and innovative writing professionals as they discuss the process for giving life to film. In this panel, top writers converse about what it takes to write a script and their journey to the big screen. Hear some of the most gifted writers in Hollywood talk about the challenges in their craft.
Panelists include ..... Luke Davis (Lion), ..... Eric Heisserer (Arrival), ..... Phil Johnston (Zooptopia), ..... Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures), ..... Mike Mills (20th Century Women), ..... Rhett Reese (Deadpool), ..... Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) ..... and moderator by Anne Thompson. Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 1:00pm at the Lobero Theatre  Website
1/31/17 - Panelists Just Announced for the SBIFF Producer's Panel: "Movers & Shakers" --
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“Movers and Shakers” returns to the SBIFF Panel Series to bring together some of today’s most established producers to share their insights in sparkling conversation. The Producer’s Panel allows some of the industry’s leading professionals to discuss their current projects and what they hope to see for the future of filmmaking.
This panel includes ..... Todd Black (Fences), ..... Angie Fielder (Lion), ..... Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), ..... Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures), ..... David Permut (Hacksaw Ridge), ..... Adele Romanski (Moonlight), ..... Kimberly Steward (Manchester by the Sea), ..... Arianne Sutner (Kobu and the Two Strings), ..... Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water) ..... and moderator by Glenn Whipp. Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 10:00am at the Lobero Theatre   Website
1/31/17 - Don't miss tomorrow ... SBIFF's Opening Night Film ("Charged") & Gala
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Each year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off the festivities with the Opening Night Film and Gala. Directly following the film at the historic Arlington Theatre, guests over 21 will dive into the center of downtown Santa Barbara to see the beautiful Spanish Paseo Nuevo transform into a film-themed gala filled with food and drinks, dancing, and live entertainment. This event is open to the public with tickets available for purchase prior to the Festival.
The 2017 SBIFF will kick off with the World Premiere of CHARGED. Directed by Phillip Baribeau, CHARGED chronicles the journey of chef and outdoorsman, Eduardo Garcia and his recovery after being electrocuted by 2400 volts of electricity miles from help in the Montana backcountry. Garcia had his hand amputated, lost ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost is what he found. CHARGED tells Eduardo’s remarkable journey from getting up off the forest floor to becoming the man he is today.
The documentary is produced by Dennis Aig and Phillip Baribeau along with executive producers Teri Weinberg, Scott Ballew, Doug Ellin, Peter Hochfelder, Constance Schwartz–Morini and Michael Strahan. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/12/17 - Just Announced! SBIFF's Opening Night Film ... "Charged"
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The 2017 SBIFF will kick off with the World Premiere of CHARGED. Directed by Phillip Baribeau, CHARGED chronicles the journey of chef and outdoorsman, Eduardo Garcia and his recovery after being electrocuted by 2400 volts of electricity miles from help in the Montana backcountry. Garcia had his hand amputated, lost ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost is what he found. CHARGED tells Eduardo’s remarkable journey from getting up off the forest floor to becoming the man he is today.
The documentary is produced by Dennis Aig and Phillip Baribeau along with executive producers Teri Weinberg, Scott Ballew, Doug Ellin, Peter Hochfelder, Constance Schwartz–Morini and Michael Strahan. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
12/16/16 - Save the Date! SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award -- Casey Affleck & Michelle Williams -- 2/5
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Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the 32nd Festival. The two actors will be celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and will be feted with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. This announcement comes on the heels of their respective Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman,Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling commented, “Throughout their respective careers, Casey and Michelle have impressed audiences with distinct, personal roles and we are excited to bring them together to honor their sublime performances in Manchester by the Sea.” ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
12/9/16 - Just Announced! Isabelle Huppert to receive SBIFF Montecito Award - 2/8
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Isabelle Huppert will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a Sony Pictures Classics release. This award is given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. “She’s one of the greatest actors ever, and her legacy to cinema is unparalleled,” stated SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Any film that includes Ms. Huppert is without a doubt immediately worth watching. She elevates any work – she’s elevated cinema. It’s overdue to celebrate this giant.”
Isabelle has appeared in over 100 film and television productions since her debut in 1971’s Le Prussien. She rose to prominence after her first César nomination for 1975’s Aloïse and after winning the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for The Lacemaker in 1977. She is the most nominated actress for the César award with a total 15 nominations, winning in 1995 for La Cérémonie. Most recently, Huppert received a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Elle.
Huppert’s numerous film credits include Rosebud (Otto Preminger), Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino), The Bedroom Window (Curtis Hanson), Going Places (Bertrand Blier), Madame Bovary (Claude Chabrol), I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell) and Amour (Michael Haneke). In addition to her extensive work in film, Huppert has received international acclaim for her stage career. Starting with her work in A Month in the Country, she has been nominated for six Molière Awards, including for her role in this year’s Phaedra.
The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
12/8/16 - You're Invited to Take a Seat
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SBIFF has a spectacular plan to renovate and transform the historic Riviera Theatre. Help us build a state-of-the-art center to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film. Your name will be prominently displayed on a seat plaque! All donations are 100% tax-deductible. ..... Director’s Seat $2,500 ..... Associate Director’s Seat $1,000.
Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity! Named seats also make great holiday gifts and are a wonderful way to honor someone special.   Website
11/30/16 - Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling to receive SBIFF Outstanding Performers Award
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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. This marks the first time Stone has been honored by the festival and will be a return for Gosling who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008. The tribute will be moderated by SBIFF's Executive Director Roger Durling.
Durling stated, “Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema. We are so proud to celebrate them and this incredible film and its nod to the classic love stories of Old Hollywood with a contemporary twist.”
Gosling and Stone will join a recognized group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, James Franco, Colin Firth, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
11/29/16 - Save the Date! SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award -- Denzel Washington -- 2/2
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Denzel Washington is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Washington will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Paramount’s upcoming Fences which he directs, produces and stars in. Leonard Maltin, for who the award was recently renamed after, will return for his 26th year to moderate the evening. The award will be presented on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling stated, “Denzel Washington directing, producing and acting in Fences defines the Modern Master for the 21st Century.”
Fences is the story of Troy Maxson (Washington), a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Fences is in theatres Christmas Day.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of long-time SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
11/29/16 - Last chance to attend the Kirk Douglas Award honoring Warren Beatty -- 12/1
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honor Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Known for his iconic roles in BONNIE AND CLYDE, SHAMPOO, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, REDS, BUGSY, DICK TRACY, and BULWORTH, all of which he produced; Beatty’s next film, RULES DON’T APPLY, an original story which he wrote, directed, produced and stars, will be released by Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency on November 23rd. The award will be presented at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on December 1, 2016 with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which this year coincides with Douglas’s 100th birthday, has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta. All funds raised from the event will be used to support SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
“Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry,” says Kirk Douglas, original award recipient. “His choice of material has entertained us as well as made us think more deeply about the world we live in. I'm delighted he is accepting this recognition of his extraordinary talent.”
The 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, February 1st through Saturday, February 11th. This year also marks Lynda Weinman’s first festival as board president. As part of her inaugural term, Lynda has been overseeing the festival’s move to the historic Riviera Theatre and the expansion of their educational programs. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa  Website
10/18/16 - Just Announced ... SBIFF 2017 Closing Night Film ... "Their Finest"
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The 32nd SBIFF will close with the Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy THEIR FINEST at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, February 11 in advance of the film’s March 24 stateside release. SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling stated, “Lone’s deeply touching film is authentic, funny and depicts the power that cinema has to bring people together and share their stories. It was the perfect choice to kick off this year’s festival.”
The year is 1940, Britain. With the nation devastated by the war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by charming lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin).
Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Battle of Dunkirk starring pretentious fading movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
The film is produced by Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer and Elizabeth Karlsen. Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Robert Norris, Ivan Dunleavy, Peter Watson, Zygi Kamasa and Thorsten Schumacher serve as executive producers. The film is produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
10/17/16 - Get yout tickets ... SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award Dinner & Tribute to Warren Beatty -- 12/1
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SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS:
PRODUCER – $20,000 ($12,00 tax deductible) • Preferred table for ten • Red carpet cocktail reception for all guests • Acknowledgment in the tribute journal • Two Concierge Passes to SBIFF ($10,000 value)
DIRECTOR – $10,000 ($6,500 tax deductible) • Preferred table for ten • Red carpet cocktail reception for all guests • Acknowledgment in the tribute journal • Two Platinum Passes to SBIFF ($3,400 value)
STAR – $5,000 ($3,500 tax deductible) • Table for ten • Red carpet cocktail reception for all guests • Acknowledgment in the tribute journal
INDIVIDUAL TICKET – $500 ($350 tax deductible)   Website
10/14/16 - Just Announced: SBIFF 2017 Virtuosos Award-Winners
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today that the recipients of the 2017 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of talent who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film this past year, will include: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Stephen Henderson (Fences). The Award presentation, which will be moderated for the seventh year by Dave Karger, will take place February 4, 2017 at the Arlington Theatre at the 32nd edition of the festival, which runs February 1 to February 11, 2017.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger During noted, “This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles. We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft.”
The diverse group will be recognized for their breakthrough roles in 2016 and careers thus far. Aaron Taylor Johnson delivers a fearless and menacing performance as the villainous sociopath Ray Marcus in the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals. Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, Dev Patel brings an emotional sentimentality and soulful depth to his role in Lion. Janelle Monáe has had a banner year with star-making performances as Mary Jackson in the biographical drama Hidden Figures along with the brilliantly crafted Moonlight, in which she brings sensitivity and sincerity to the role of Teresa. In Moonlight, Mahershala Ali gives a captivating turn as the kind-hearted drug dealer Juan who shows astonishing empathy and love for the young boy he takes under his wing, and Naomie Harris is mesmerizing as the boy's loving but drug-addicted mother Paula, delivering a harrowing performance overflowing with humanity, regret, and pain. Ruth Negga delivers a mesmerizing and resilient portrayal of Mildred Loving in the biographical drama, Loving. Simon Helberg won critical raves and audiences’ hearts with his charming performance opposite Meryl Streep as Cosme McMoon - the very expressive pianist in Florence Foster Jenkins. After decades on Broadway, renowned character actor Stephen Henderson reprises the role of Jim Bono in Denzel Washington’s upcoming Fences, which earned the actor a Tony nomination. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
10/4/16 - SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award honoring Warren Beatty - December 1
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty will be honored with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Known for his iconic roles in BONNIE AND CLYDE, SHAMPOO, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, REDS, BUGSY, DICK TRACY, and BULWORTH, all of which he produced; Beatty’s next film, RULES DON’T APPLY, an original story which he wrote, directed, produced and stars, will be released by Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency on November 23rd. The award will be presented at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on December 1, 2016 with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which this year coincides with Douglas’s 100th birthday, has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta. All funds raised from the event will be used to support SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
“Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry,” says Kirk Douglas, original award recipient. “His choice of material has entertained us as well as made us think more deeply about the world we live in. I'm delighted he is accepting this recognition of his extraordinary talent.”
The 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, February 1st through Saturday, February 11th. This year also marks Lynda Weinman’s first festival as board president. As part of her inaugural term, Lynda has been overseeing the festival’s move to the historic Riviera Theatre and the expansion of their educational programs. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa  Website
9/23/16 - Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announces Capital Campaign
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today the beginning of their capital campaign, which includes the restoration of the historic Riviera Theater. This campaign was met with unanimous approval from SBIFF’s Board of Directors. To date, SBIFF has raised $2.7 million, and anticipate funds totaling $5 million by March of 2017.
The campaign will allow SBIFF to expand their current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, enhance the communal theater experience, and create a cultural hub for all things film. The renovations to the Riviera will begin in January of next year, with a re-opening targeted for March. Among the renovations is the construction of a balcony lounge, which will host receptions, filmmakers, and before-and-after gatherings for filmgoers, which will open in 2018. The theater will be renamed the Lynda & Bruce Riviera Theater after SBIFF Board President Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, two of the main donors behind the campaign.
“Our capital campaign and expansions to the Riviera Theatre mark an important new chapter in our festival’s history,” stated Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “These renovations and improvements will allow us to serve Santa Barbara in new and exciting ways, and will bring us closer together as a community.”
At the heart of SBIFF’s mission is education, and through its programs its staff is able to seek to engage, enrich, and inspire people through film. The Riviera as the new home will allow for expansion in the current programs and the ability to implement new ones, and to better serve the Santa Barbara community on a year-round basis. SBIFF’s current ongoing programs include Cinema Society (an exclusive membership program), the Rosebud Program for Film Students (a program for local college students), and the Wave Film Festival (the mini film festival which will be increased to three times per year).
The new theater allows service to more underserved youth and families through programs such as AppleBox Family Films and Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies. Other planned renovations include a smart classroom behind the main stage, world class sound and projecting systems, a loop system for the hearing impaired, and improved heating and air conditioning.
For more information, and to contribute to the campaign, please visit www.sbiff.org/riviera.   Website
9/20/16 - Just Announced !! Warren Beatty to receive SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty will be honored with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Known for his iconic roles in BONNIE AND CLYDE, SHAMPOO, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, REDS, BUGSY, DICK TRACY, and BULWORTH, all of which he produced; Beatty’s next film, RULES DON’T APPLY, an original story which he wrote, directed, produced and stars, will be released by Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency on November 23rd. The award will be presented at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on December 1, 2016 with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which this year coincides with Douglas’s 100th birthday, has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta. All funds raised from the event will be used to support SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.
“Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry,” says Kirk Douglas, original award recipient. “His choice of material has entertained us as well as made us think more deeply about the world we live in. I'm delighted he is accepting this recognition of his extraordinary talent.”
The 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, February 1st through Saturday, February 11th. This year also marks Lynda Weinman’s first festival as board president. As part of her inaugural term, Lynda has been overseeing the festival’s move to the historic Riviera Theatre and the expansion of their educational programs. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa  Website
8/30/16 - LAST CHANCE to save 25% on SBIFF Passes and Packages
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TICKETS DISCOUNTED THROUGH AUGUST 31 ..... The 32nd 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.
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8/22/16 - Still time to save 25% on SBIFF Passes and Packages
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TICKETS DISCOUNTED THROUGH AUGUST 31 ..... The 32nd 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.
PLATINUM PASS ~ $1,700 DISCOUNTED TO $1,275
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8/19/16 - FREE screening of The Little Prince ... on Sunday
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Do NOT forget about this Sunday's FREE screening of Mark Osborne’s THE LITTLE PRINCE at 10:00am at the Arlington Theatre. The screening is in celebration of the Arlington Theatre's new Hearing Loop donated by Nora and Michael Hurley and the Manitou Fund. Seating will be on a first-come first-served basis, however priority is given to patrons with hearing loss.
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. - Cannes Film Festival ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
8/5/16 - Free Screening of THE LITTLE PRINCE - 8/21
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Thanks to a generous donation from Nora and Michael Hurley and the Manitou Fund, the Arlington Theatre will now have its own permanent hearing loop system! To celebrate, Mark Osborne’s “‘The Little Prince” will be shown for FREE on Sunday, August 21st at 10:00am at the Arlington Theatre. Seating will be on a first-come first-served basis, however priority is given to patrons with hearing loss. See you at the movies!  Website
8/1/16 - Save 25% NOW on SBIFF Passes and Ticket Packages
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Save 25% NOW ..... Discounted through August 31, 2016 ..... The 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.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. The 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.
The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 72,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara Movie Theatres  Website
7/13/16 - The Wave Film Festival ~ France -- 7/13-17
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has confirmed that from July 13th through 17th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from France at the historic Riviera Theatre! ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
6/27/16 - 3 More Films Announced ...The Wave Film Festival ~ France
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MY KING (Mon roi); NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH (Ni le ciel ni la terre); BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) ..... out of the 11 exciting new French films that will play at The Wave Film Festival July 11 through 17th. Get your passes now and stay tuned for more film announcements!  Website
6/8/16 - Passes available for The Wave Film Festival ~ France
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At The Wave Film Festivals over that last two years we have visited France twice, Spain, Latin America, and East Asia. From these countries we have seen 44 amazing films that we would not have been able to see otherwise.
The Wave Director Mickey Duzdevich and programmer Whitney Murdy are currently working on yet another exciting line up of 11 new French films of which will be announced shortly.
Passes are now on sale for the upcoming Wave which will be July 11th through 17th at the Riviera Theatre. Come take another cinematic trip to France with us!
Patron Pass ~ $250 ..... • Reserved Seating • Access to ALL Film Screenings • Access to the Passholder Reception (date/location TBA) • Pass is non-transferable  Website
5/12/16 - Don't miss The Wave Film Festival ~ Pan-Asia through Sunday
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has confirmed that from May 11th through 15th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from Asia at the historic Riviera Theatre! ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
5/10/16 - The Wave Film Festival ~ Pan-Asia -- starts tomorrow, May 11
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has confirmed that from May 11th through 15th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from Asia at the historic Riviera Theatre! ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
5/5/16 - The Wave Film Festival ~ Pan-Asia starts next Wednesday
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has confirmed that from May 11th through 15th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from Asia at the historic Riviera Theatre! ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
3/11/16 - Just Announced! SBIFF's The Wave Film Festival ... May 11-15 and July 13-17
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has confirmed the dates for the next two editions of the “Wave Film Festival”. The first segment will run from Wednesday, May 11th through Sunday, May 15th, and will highlight new Pan-Asian films. The second segment will run from Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th, and will highlight new French films. Each Wave Festival will take place at the historic Riviera Theater. “With increasingly diverse lineups each year, The Wave has become a pivotal tradition of SBIFF,” stated Mickey Duzdevich, director of the Wave Film Festival. “The Pan-Asian and French film canons are filled with countless classics, and we have no doubt that this year’s lineup will continue to dazzle and inspire audiences.” ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Riviera Theatre  Website
2/13/16 - SBIFF's Film Awards Announced
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly-anticipated winners for its 31st year at a breakfast held in their honor. Ten winning films in as many categories were announced, culminating in the coveted audience award which went to THE CULPABLE.
The awards:
BRUCE CORWIN AWARD - BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: GRAFFITI, directed by Lluís Quílez ..... BRUCE CORWIN AWARD - BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: THE ORCHESTRA, directed by Mikey Hill ..... BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD: LEBANON WINS THE WORLD CUP, directed by Tony El Khoury and Anthony Lappé ..... NUEVA VISION AWARD FOR SPANISH/LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA: TALIÓN, directed by Martín Tuta ..... BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD: VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT, directed by Ada Ushpiz ..... BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD: VILLE-MARIE, directed by Guy Édoin ..... PANAVISION SPIRIT AWARD FOR INDEPENDENT CINEMA: MAMMAL, directed by Rebecca Daly ..... SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM: 10 BILLION: WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? directed by Valentin Thurn ..... THE ADL STAND UP AWARD SPONSORED BY SANTA BARBARA/TRI-COUNTIES ADL: VIVA, directed by Paddy Breathnach ..... THE AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD SPONSORED BY THE SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT: THE CULPABLE, directed by Gerd Schneider  Website
2/11/16 - Friday ... SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award -- Rooney Mara
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The actress will be celebrated for her remarkable role in this year’s Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
Festival Director Roger Durling commented, “From her scene-stealing turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to her outstanding performance in his year’s Carol, Rooney has repeatedly showcased her talents as one of the most gifted actors of her generation. I truly admire the enigmatic and complex nature of her performances. She’s an adept, beguiling actor, and we are proud to present her with this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.”
Rooney Mara is best known for her Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated performance in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She has also appeared in The Social Network, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, and Joe Wright’s Pan. She will be seen in Lion alongside Nicole Kidman and in Untitled Terrence Malick Project, also starring Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling.
Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. The film is adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel “The Price of Salt”, and also stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
2/11/16 - SBIFF Outstanding Directors of the Year Award -- Thursday at the Arlington
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Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 11th at the historic Arlington Theatre. The evening is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.
“These directors have each made their mark on the film canon and have solidified their standing as some of the best directors of our time,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “The fact that these films come on the heels of already illustrious and established careers makes this honor even more special.”
The Outstanding Directors of the Year award is given to directors not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world. They have an eye for the picture they want to present and then do so, with an expertise that is both gracious and bold. Past recipients include Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD), Bennett Miller (FOXCATCHER), Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR), Morten Tyldum (THE IMITATION GAME), David O. Russell (AMERICAN HUSTLE), Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER), and Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
2/11/16 - Women's Panel Participants Announced!
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The “Creative Forces: Women in the Business” panel debuted in 2005 and celebrates influential women in film. Women from all stages of film production including editing, directing, costuming, casting, production design, and producing come together to discuss the unique challenges they have faced and successes they have had in the film industry. Moderated by Madelyn Hammond, President, Madelyn Hammond & Associates.
The panel will feature ..... Susan Cartsonis (STOREFRONT PICTURES) ..... Svetlana Cvetko (THE ARCHITECT - Cinematographer) ..... Alison Eastwood (BATTLECREEK - Director) ..... Liz Garbus (WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? - Director) ..... Shannon McIntosh (HATEFUL EIGHT - Producer) ..... Rosa Tran (ANOMALISA - Producer).
Saturday February 13th, 11:00 AM, Lobero Theatre.   Website
2/6/16 - Variety Artisan's Award Recipients Announced!
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.
The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:
Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.
Hank Corwin, for film editing in Paramount Pictures’ “The Big Short” for director Adam McKay. Hank recently won the ACE Eddie Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for “The Big Short.” His other credits include “The Horse Whisperer” for Robert Redford and “The Tree of Life” for Terrence Malick.
Mark Mangini, for sound editing in Warner Brothers’ and Village Roadshow’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” This is Mark’s fourth Academy Award nomination; he has worked on a wide range of films including “Poltergeist,” “The Fifth Element” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Arthur Max, for production design in 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian.” Arthur Max has worked with director Ridley Scott on such films as “Gladiator,” “American Gangster,” “Prometheus” and “The Martian,” which has garnered Arthur his third Academy Award nomination.
John Seale, for cinematography in Warner Brothers’ and Village Roadshow’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Seale won an Academy Award for “The English Patient.” Seale, who previously worked with director George Miller on “Lorenzio’s Oil,” was lured him out of retirement to work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Patrick Tubach, for visual effects in Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This is Patrick’s second Academy Award nomination, having received one for his work on “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
Diane Warren, for original song in Radius’ documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Diane Warren wrote “Til It Happens to You” with Lady Gaga and this is her eighth Academy Award nomination for original song.
Jacqueline West, for costume design in New Regency’s “The Revenant.” This is Jacqueline’s third Academy Award nomination; she has worked with directors Ben Affleck, David Fincher and Terrence Malick.   Website
2/4/16 - Carl Weathers to present Sylvester Stallone with prestigious Montecito Award - 2/9
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Carl Weathers will present Sylvester Stallone with the prestigious Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, reuniting the two stars from the Oscar-winning Rocky. Stallone is receiving the award for his award-winning performance in Ryan Coogler’s hit film Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to Stallone at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9, at the historic Arlington Theater.
Weathers famously portrayed Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed in the original Rocky films, first squaring off with the Italian Stallion in Rocky and Rocky II, and returning in Rocky III and Rocky IV as Rocky’s close friend and trainer. The new film, Creed, centers on Apollo’s son, Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan), who never knew his famous father. But with boxing in his blood, Adonis turns to Rocky Balboa to train him for the ring.   Website
2/3/16 - Tonight ... SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala - The Little Prince
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Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro. “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After the movie ... Opening Night Gala will be at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center.
“THE LITTLE PRINCE” weaves elements of the novel into an original narrative written by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti. To ensure that her daughter is enrolled in a prestigious academy, The Mother forces The Little Girl into a rigorous study schedule that leaves her little time to enjoy her summer. To escape her overbearing mother, The Little Girl befriends The Aviator, her elderly retired next-door neighbor. As their friendship develops, The Aviator introduces The Little Girl to a magical world where anything is possible; a world that he was introduced to long ago by The Little Prince. Through an extraordinary and emotional journey, The Little Girl learns that what is truly essential to living a full and happy life can only be seen with the heart.
OPENING NIGHT GALA Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center (Entrance at State Street & De La Guerra.) ... Must be 21+ years old to attend. ... 10:00pm – 1:00am. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/28/16 - Just announced ... SBIFF Outstanding Directors of the Year Awards
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Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 11th at the historic Arlington Theatre. The evening is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.
“These directors have each made their mark on the film canon and have solidified their standing as some of the best directors of our time,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “The fact that these films come on the heels of already illustrious and established careers makes this honor even more special.”
The Outstanding Directors of the Year award is given to directors not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world. They have an eye for the picture they want to present and then do so, with an expertise that is both gracious and bold. Past recipients include Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD), Bennett Miller (FOXCATCHER), Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR), Morten Tyldum (THE IMITATION GAME), David O. Russell (AMERICAN HUSTLE), Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER), and Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/27/16 - Just announced! SBIFF's Montecito Award will go to Sylvester Stallone -- 2/9 at The Arlington
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Sylvester Stallone for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theatre. The Montectio Award is presented by Hennessy Paradis Imperial.
The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.
“Sylvester Stallone’s performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created. Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honor his legacy,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/26/16 - One week to go to 2016 SB International Film Festival
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The 31st 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.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. The 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.
The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 72,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara Movie Theatres  Website
1/19/16 - ADL Soiree + SBIFF Opening Night Screening + Gala
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Kick off the night soiree-style with dinner, hors d'oeuvres and drinks at Petros restaurant across from the Arlington Theatre ..... February 3, 5:30 PM, $218.00.  Website
1/4/16 - SBIFF's Opening Night Film & Gala - Wednesday Feb. 3rd
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Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro. “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After the movie ... Opening Night Gala will be at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center.
“THE LITTLE PRINCE” weaves elements of the novel into an original narrative written by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti. To ensure that her daughter is enrolled in a prestigious academy, The Mother forces The Little Girl into a rigorous study schedule that leaves her little time to enjoy her summer. To escape her overbearing mother, The Little Girl befriends The Aviator, her elderly retired next-door neighbor. As their friendship develops, The Aviator introduces The Little Girl to a magical world where anything is possible; a world that he was introduced to long ago by The Little Prince. Through an extraordinary and emotional journey, The Little Girl learns that what is truly essential to living a full and happy life can only be seen with the heart.
OPENING NIGHT GALA Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center (Entrance at State Street & De La Guerra.) ... Must be 21+ years old to attend. ... 10:00pm – 1:00am. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/4/16 - Save the Date! SBIFF Virtuosos Award -- February 6th at the Arlington Theatre
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting the 2016 Virtuosos Award to Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy), and Jacob Tremblay (Room). The Award presentation will take place on February 6, 2016 at the Arlington Theatre.
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 Chadwick Boseman, Ellar Coltrane, Logan Lerman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, 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, Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, and June Squibb. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
1/4/16 - SBIFF American Riviera Award will honor Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo & Rachel McAdams -- 2/5
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams with the 2016 American Riviera Award. This is the first time the award will be given to three honorees, who will be fêted with a Tribute celebrating their careers, culminating with their powerhouse collaboration in Tom McCarthy’s blisteringly true drama “Spotlight.” The film recently opened to critical acclaim.
The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have made a significant contribution to American Cinema. Keaton, Ruffalo and McAdams will join a prestigious group of past recipients, including last year’s honorees Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke (2015), Robert Redford (2014), 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).
“Michael, Mark and Rachel are three of the finest actors in the business.” stated Festival Director Roger Durling, “They are artists in the truest sense of the word who continue to surprise and inspire audiences with their talent,” adding, “their recent turn in Spotlight demonstrates their skills both harmoniously as an ensemble and individually, it is an honor to celebrate their work with the American Riviera Award.”
Spotlight tells the astonishing story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre  Website
12/9/15 - Save the Date! SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award goes to Rooney Mara -- Feb. 12 at the Arlington
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The actress will be celebrated for her remarkable role in this year’s Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
Festival Director Roger Durling commented, “From her scene-stealing turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to her outstanding performance in his year’s Carol, Rooney has repeatedly showcased her talents as one of the most gifted actors of her generation. I truly admire the enigmatic and complex nature of her performances. She’s an adept, beguiling actor, and we are proud to present her with this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.”
Rooney Mara is best known for her Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated performance in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She has also appeared in The Social Network, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, and Joe Wright’s Pan. She will be seen in Lion alongside Nicole Kidman and in Untitled Terrence Malick Project, also starring Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling.
Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. The film is adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel “The Price of Salt”, and also stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
12/1/15 - SBIFF anounces Outstanding Performers of the Year Award
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2016 Outstanding Performers of the Year award to both Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan. This is the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival’s Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. The duo will be celebrated for their remarkable performances in Room and Brooklyn. The 2016 festival is the 31st year of the festival, which will run February 3 to February 13, 2016.
Durling stated, “This is an incredible year for emerging talent to take center stage and showcase their abilities. We’ve long been following the careers of Brie and Saoirse and their recent roles as empowered young women transcend time, place and circumstance” Adding, “We are so proud to be jointly celebrating these two great actresses in such strong performances.”
Larson and Ronan will join an recognized group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including: Steve Carell (2015), Cate Blanchett (2014), Jennifer Lawrence (2013), Viola Davis (2012), James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004).
The festival previously honored Jane Fonda (Youth) with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film and has announced that it will honor Johnny Depp (Black Mass) with its Maltin Modern Master Award and Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) as an ensemble with its American Riviera Award. It also set to celebrate Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, Youth) and Jacob Tremblay (Youth) with the Virtuoso Award among additional, yet to be announced, honorees.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
11/5/15 - Just announced ... Johnny Depp to receive SBIFF's Maltin Modern Master Award
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“Johnny Depp is a true embodiment of a modern master. He has had a long and storied career that has shown his commitment to taking on compelling and dynamic roles. But in the gripping film BLACK MASS under the skillful direction of Scott Cooper, Johnny Depp delivers his defining performance to date,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling stated.
Depp is a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actor for his work in “Finding Neverland,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Over the last three decades, Depp’s diverse range of roles has made him one of the leader actors of his generation including performances John Waters’ “Cry Baby,” “Benny & Joon,” Lasse Hallstrom’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Chocolat,” Mike Newell’s “Donnie Brasco,” Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Ted Demme’s “Blow,” “The Libertine,” Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” and several collaborations with Tim Burton including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
Depp can currently be seen in “Black Mass,” which tells of the unholy alliance between ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) and childhood friend-turned-FBI agent, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The bond, forged growing up on the streets of South Boston, would test the limits of loyalty in a town that answers to its own, unwritten code. Blinded by ambition, Connolly convinces Bulger to inform on their common enemy, the Italian Mafia.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of long-time SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
9/16/15 - Limited tickets and tables left for SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 ... Bacara Resort & Spa ... The 10th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film honoring Jane Fonda. ... Black Tie Fundraiser for SBIFF’s Educational Programs ... 6:00pm – Red Carpet Cocktail Reception ... 7:30pm – Dinner and Tribute   Website
8/31/15 - LAST DAY to save 25% on SBIFF Passes and Ticket Packages!!!
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Go to ... http://sbiff.org/shop. The 31st 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.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. The 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.
The SBIFF is also committed to education through its Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 72,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Downtown Santa Barbara Movie Theatres  Website
8/12/15 - SBIFF's 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award will honor Jane Fonda -- October 3rd
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s eighth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM will be presented to Academy Award-winning actor JANE FONDA. 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. 6:00pm – Red Carpet Cocktail Reception. 7:30pm – Dinner and Tribute.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Bacara Resort & Spa  Website
7/12/15 - The Wave Film Festival - France ... begins on Wednesday July 15
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In their continued efforts to bring more year round foreign and independent films to hungry cinephiles of the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF will present 5 days, 11 films, 22 screenings and 5,000 attendees! Back by popular demand, the SBIFF is thrilled to present the 3rd edition of The Wave Film Festival.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Riviera Theatre  Website
7/7/15 - Don't miss The Wave Film Festival - France ... July 15-19
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In their continued efforts to bring more year round foreign and independent films to hungry cinephiles of the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF will present 5 days, 11 films, 22 screenings and 5,000 attendees! Back by popular demand, the SBIFF is thrilled to present the 3rd edition of The Wave Film Festival.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Riviera Theatre  Website
6/27/15 - Two more films announced for The Wave Film Festival
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THE TOURNAMENT (LE TOURNOI) ..... Written and Directed by: Élodie Namer Cast: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou de Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Adam Corbier Runtime: 83 min. ..... In this coming-of-age drama set in the world of chess, Cal Fournier is competing in the Grand International Chess Open in Budapest. At twenty-two, Cal is an old hand at this – he and his coach Viktor have their methods down to a routine. To compete at this level requires fanatical single-mindedness. Not a problem for Cal, who has always lived in his head. In fact, Cal hardly ever leaves the hotels in which the tournaments are staged, and he has the social skills one might expect from such a cloistered life. Even his clothes are tourist merch from airport boutiques. By day, Cal competes, sometimes playing ten opponents at once. By night, he and his girlfriend Lou (Jappeloup’s Lou de Laâge) join his entourage for gambling in the hotel’s casino. Though it’s a brutal tournament, Cal is expected to win as usual. But his system is about to be put in check by an unorthodox 11 year-old Hungarian boy named Max. To defeat this impudent little prodigy, Cal will be forced to re-evaluate more than his game strategy.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME (LES HÉRITIERS) ..... Directed by: Marie-Castille Mention Schaar Written by: Marie-Castille Mention Schaar, Ahmed Dramé Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Geneviève Mnich, Ahmed Dramé, Stéphane Bak Runtime: 105 min. ..... Anne Gueguen is more than just a high school history teacher: she actually cares about the troubled, inner-city students she's supposed to educate. And this year, as always, Anne's got a tough class. Frustrated by their materialism and lack of ambition, Anne challenges them, despite their unlikelihood of winning, to take part in a national High school Competition around what it meant to be a teen in a Nazi concentration camp... Determined to push her students as far as they'll go, Anne puts her own life on hold and uses all her creativity and willpower to grab their attention and get them motivated. As the deadline creeps closer, the kids start to open up to each other and believe in themselves. And while it may not resolve the challenges of their daily lives now, the collective project's outcome could be the one thing that changes the rest of their lives and helps them find their way.   Website
6/24/15 - Two films announced for The Wave Film Festival
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NOBODY FROM NOWHERE (UN ILLUSTRE INCONNU) ..... Directed by: Matthieu Delaporte Written by: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de La Patellière Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Marie-Josée Croze Runtime: 118 min. ..... Sébastien Nicolas leads a dull existence and has always dreamed of being someone else but he’s never had any imagination, so he copies. He rents apartments out to tenants in Paris by day, and then, takes on their identities, deploying incredible patience and mechanical skill.
Through a painstaking process translating his eye for detail into homemade latex masks, which he enhances with wigs and make-up, he convincingly impersonates his clients. Continuously passing through their lives it becomes evident that some journeys have no way back.

CAPRICE ..... Written and Directed by: Emmanuel Mouret Cast: Anaïs Desmoustier, Virginie Efira, Emmanuel Mouret, Laurent Stocker Runtime: 100 min. ..... Effortlessly shifting from moments of tenderness to burlesque, this wily romantic comedy poses the question, is love merely a form of mutual self-deception? The idiosyncratic Emmanuel Mouret plays Clément, a humble high school teacher quite at home in a classroom, but uncertain and awkward in matters of romance. Luck is on his side when it comes to the woman he has long loved and admired, Alicia, a sublime and revered actress, played by Virginia Efira.
Alicia believes that the love of her life is destined to be a modest man from outside the world of entertainment and celebrity – and Clément fits that bill perfectly. Lightning strikes twice, however, when Caprice, a vivacious but penniless unknown played by Anaïs Desmoustier, gets it into her head that destiny also has a plan for her and Clément.
Seeing Caprice as a threat to his newfound happiness, Clément rebuffs her, but the rebellious minx is not above a little treachery to get what she wants.   Website
6/8/15 - Save the Dates! The Wave Film Festival - France -- July 15-19 at Riviera Theatre
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In their continued efforts to bring more year round foreign and independent films to hungry cinephiles of the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF will present 5 days, 11 films, 22 screenings and 5,000 attendees! Back by popular demand, the SBIFF is thrilled to present the 3rd edition of The Wave Film Festival.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Riviera Theatre  Website
6/3/15 - 2016 SBIFF dates announced!
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced dates for its 31st year. The festival will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd, and will run through Saturday, February 13, 2016.
“After the Santa Barbara International Film Festival successfully celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, we couldn’t wait to start planning the next one,” noted SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling, “We are diligently working to continue bringing world class films to Santa Barbara.”
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival annually screens over 200 films, including over 50 US Premieres and 25+ World Premieres. The festival is also known for its prestigious Tribute honor which counts Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton among recent recipients, as well as the acclaimed Panel series, where accomplished industry leaders come together for lively and revealing discussions, making the festival a key stop in the award season race.
In addition to events, screenings and film honors, the festival offers various programs to the community. These programs include Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, where Award winning filmmakers give interactive lessons to local low-income students, the AppleBox Screenings which show free family films over a four day period, and numerous film competitions like the 10-10-10 student competition.
Starting on July 27th, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will again offer its highly popular festival passes and ticket packages at a reduced rate. Through August 31st, both will be exclusively available for a 25% discount at www.sbiff.org or 805-963-0023.   Website
4/29/15 - Spanish and Latin American Cinema at The Wave Film Festival
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Join SBIFF for five days celebrating Spanish and Latin American cinema ..... with 11 new films! April 29th through May 3rd at the Riviera Theatre.   Website
3/16/15 - We need your help! Vote now for SBIFF!
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Dear Friends ..... SBIFF is one of 20 nominees vying for a spot on USA today's 10 Best Reader's choice list as one of the top film festivals in the country. If you love SBIFF and want to see us make it into the top 10, please take a minute to cast your vote.
Voting continues until April 13 and you even have the opportunity to vote more then once! Lets show that Santa Barbara is the place to be for the best in international and independent film. Thank you for your support.   Website
2/13/15 - 25% discount on SBIFF's "The Wave" passes for a limited time only
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Fresh off the heels of the 30th Film Festival, SBIFF is proud to once again present The Wave Film Festival from April 29th - May 3rd 2015. For 5 days, audiences will enjoy 11 of the best and most unique films coming out of Spain and Latin America screened at The Riviera Theatre. Film lineup and Schedule will be announced during the first week of April, but passes can be purchased now at a 25% discount until February 26th 2015.   Website
2/9/15 - 3rd Weekend is Back! - Free Screenings of "The Best of the Fest" -- 2/13-15
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3rd Weekend is back! All of the 2015 SBIFF award winning films plus a few additional audience favorites will be screened completely FREE this Friday through Sunday. Seating is first-come first-served. Check the event listing for details.  Website
2/5/15 - Friday ... SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award ... Steve Carell ... at the Arlington Theatre2/6
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in Foxcatcher. He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”
In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell surrenders himself to the role of John du Pont in a career-defining turn. His wholly transformative and immersive performance is nothing short of extraordinary. Carell's complete embodiment of the reclusive millionaire, a somber, twisted and morally ambiguous individual, is a testament to his versatility as a comedic and dramatic actor. Carell expertly commands the screen, garnering well-deserved critical acclaim leading into the award season.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
2/2/15 - SBIFF Variety Artisans Awards --Tuesday at the Lobero Theatre
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SBIFF, in conjunction with Variety, is proud to present the first annual Variety Artisans Awards which will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray. The Tribute evening will celebrate those essential to the film-making process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in the fields of Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Hair & Makeup, Production Design, Score, Song, Sound Editing & Mixing and Visual Effects. The audience will be treated to a unique and lively discussion with the honorees about their individual crafts and the ways in which their fields all support and rely on each other.
The Variety Artisans Award, will be presented to ..... Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl (Score) ..... Dion Beebe, Into the Woods (Cinematography) ..... Steven Noble, The Theory of Everything (Costume Design) ..... Sandra Adair, Boyhood (Editing) ..... Bill Corso & Kathrine Gordon, Foxcatcher (Hair & Makeup) ..... Suzie Davies, Mr. Turner (Production Design) ..... Shawn Patterson / Tegan & Sara, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (Song) ..... Richard King & Mark Weingarten, Interstellar (Sound Mixing & Editing) ..... Joe Letteri, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (VFX)
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Lobero Theatre  Website
1/29/15 - Start the weekend with Jennifer Aniston receiving SBIFF's Montecito Award
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her celebrated career, including this year’s inspirational performance in Cinelou Films’ Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award include such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening, who was the award’s first recipient in 2005.
Aniston’s most recent work includes her moving performance as Claire Bennett in Cake, where she plays a mother in pain over the loss of her child who struggles as she drives away her friends, husband, and even her chronic pain support group. This heart-wrenching story has rightfully garnered awards season buzz, with Aniston having already received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
"Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “When that happens it is cause for celebration – and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston."
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/29/15 - Saturday Night -- SBIFF Modern Master Award -- Michael Keaton
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015. 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. Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
Michael Keaton will be honored for his distinguished career, including his most compelling performance to date in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented “There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decades-long experience.”
Michael Keaton first gained national attention in the hit comedy Night Shift, followed by starring roles in such films as Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, and The Dream Team. In 1989, he earned the ‘Best Actor’ award from the National Society of Film Critics for Clean and Sober and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Keaton later re-teamed with Burton to play the title role in the blockbusters Batman and Batman Returns.
In 2002, Keaton played ‘Robert Weiner’ in HBO’s critically-acclaimed Live from Baghdad, based on a true story of the CNN crew who reported from Baghdad during the Gulf War, and he received a Golden Globe® nomination for his performance. In 2005, Keaton was featured in Game 6, a story centered on the historic Game Six of the 1986 World Series, and in the following year, he starred in the feature film The Last Time.
In 2007, Keaton was in the TNT mini-series The Company, a dramatic story of how the CIA operated during the Cold War, and that same year, he made his directorial debut and also starred in the drama The Merry Gentleman, which was accepted into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Also, in 2009, Keaton co-starred in the Fox Searchlight comedy Post Grad. In 2010, Keaton was the voice of ‘Ken’ in Toy Story 3, the latest addition to the successful and endearing Pixar franchise, and he also co-starred in the comedy feature The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson for Columbia Pictures. In 2013, Keaton appeared opposite Michelle Monaghan in the feature film Penthouse North, and earlier this year, he was featured in both Robocop and Need for Speed.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/29/15 - Seats still available .... SBIFF Producer's Panel: "Movers & Shakers" -- Saturday
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“Movers and Shakers” returns to the SBIFF Panel Series to bring together some of today’s most established producers to share their insights in sparkling conversation. The Producer’s Panel allows some of the industry’s leading professionals to discuss their current projects and what they hope to see for the future of filmmaking. This panel can provide insight into the business as well creative sides of producers.
Panelists: ... Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything) ... John Kilik (Foxcatcher) ... John Lesher (Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ... Robert Lorenz (American Sniper) ... Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) ... Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood)
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Lobero Theatre  Website
1/27/15 - Tonight ... Opening Night Film & Gala - Desert Dancer - Arlington Theatre
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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 stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/26/15 - Tomorrow ... it's Opening Night for the 30th Annual S. B. International Film Festival
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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!”   Website
1/21/15 - Honorees for the Outstanding Directors of the Year Tribute announced!
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As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. Honorees are ... Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Richard Linklater Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). The tribute will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg.
Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the director who guides the cast and crew in creating a cohesive visual narrative. Each of the talented individuals will be awarded for their exceptional vision in bringing together every element of filmmaking, from acting and story to camerawork and sound, creating an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Commented SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling, “This past year we have seen so many phenomenal achievements in directing. We’re honored to have not one, but five great directors at SBIFF to share their insights with us.”

Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/9/15 - SBIFF celebrates 30th anniversary
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Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, SBIFF offers 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 85,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power 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. The Festival is set to run January 27 – February 7, 2015. For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema.   Website
1/9/15 - New this year ... SBIFF announces Variety Artisans Awards -- Feb 3 at The Arlington
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SBIFF, in conjunction with Variety, is proud to present the first annual Variety Artisans Awards which will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray. The Tribute evening will celebrate those essential to the film-making process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in the fields of Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Hair & Makeup, Production Design, Score, Song, Sound Editing & Mixing and Visual Effects. The audience will be treated to a unique and lively discussion with the honorees about their individual crafts and the ways in which their fields all support and rely on each other.
The Variety Artisans Award, will be presented to ..... Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl (Score) ..... Dion Beebe, Into the Woods (Cinematography) ..... Steven Noble, The Theory of Everything (Costume Design) ..... Sandra Adair, Boyhood (Editing) ..... Bill Corso & Kathrine Gordon, Foxcatcher (Hair & Makeup) ..... Suzie Davies, Mr. Turner (Production Design) ..... Shawn Patterson / Tegan & Sara, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (Song) ..... Richard King & Mark Weingarten, Interstellar (Sound Mixing & Editing) ..... Joe Letteri, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (VFX)
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/2/15 - Just Announced! SBIFF Montecito Award will be awarded to Jennifer Aniston -- January 30th
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her celebrated career, including this year’s inspirational performance in Cinelou Films’ Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award include such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening, who was the award’s first recipient in 2005.
Aniston’s most recent work includes her moving performance as Claire Bennett in Cake, where she plays a mother in pain over the loss of her child who struggles as she drives away her friends, husband, and even her chronic pain support group. This heart-wrenching story has rightfully garnered awards season buzz, with Aniston having already received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
"Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “When that happens it is cause for celebration – and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston."
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/1/15 - SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award -- Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones -- January 29 at the Arlington
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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will be celebrated for their remarkable careers, including this year’s Focus Features release The Theory of Everything. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
Commented Roger Durling, “These two actors continue to impress, and we are honored to have them at SBIFF to celebrate their fantastic body of work. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones’s performances together in The Theory of Everything are nothing short of an astonishing collaboration, recalling the alchemy of Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in My Left Foot.”
Mr. Redmayne and Ms. Jones have each received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for their portrayals of Stephen and Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). Adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
12/12/14 - Seven honorees to receive SBIFF's Virtuosos Award
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 - February 7, 2015.
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, Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, and June Squibb.
Comments Durling, “These are seven exemplary performers that provide us with undeniable evidence that 2014 was a dynamic year in acting."
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
12/9/14 - Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke to receive SBIFF's American Riviera Award
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is delighted to present the 2015 American Riviera Award to actors Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke at the 30th edition of the Fest, which runs Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015. This is the first time the award will be bestowed upon two honorees, who will be honored with a Tribute celebrating their careers, including their remarkable collaboration in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed epic “Boyhood,” it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have had a strong influence on American Cinema. Arquette and Hawke will join a prestigious group of past recipients, including last year’s honoree Robert Redford, 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 Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ – which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years – and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”   Website
12/2/14 - MiniPaks for the 2015 SBIFF on sale now!
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MiniPaks to the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival are now on sale! This year only a LIMITED AMOUNT of MiniPaks will be available for purchase so get yours before they sell out!   Website
11/17/14 - Just announced! SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award -- Steve Carell -- Friday Feb 6 at Arlington
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in Foxcatcher. He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”
In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell surrenders himself to the role of John du Pont in a career-defining turn. His wholly transformative and immersive performance is nothing short of extraordinary. Carell's complete embodiment of the reclusive millionaire, a somber, twisted and morally ambiguous individual, is a testament to his versatility as a comedic and dramatic actor. Carell expertly commands the screen, garnering well-deserved critical acclaim leading into the award season.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
11/11/14 - This Sunday -- Jessica Lange to receive Kirk Douglas Award at Gala Dinner
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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. 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
10/31/14 - SBIFF announces a Call for Entries for its fourth annual Acquisitions Weekend
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The weekend-long event runs in association with LA-based production and sales company Traction Media and gives buyers direct and priority access to the selection of available films at SBIFF. The program will run during the first weekend of the festival, January 30- February 1, 2015.
“We have seen significant growth in the Acquisitions Program over the past few years since it first began," said Doug Stone of the SBIFF Board and a principal of Traction Media. "Each year SBIFF continues to bring forth independent films and their filmmakers with the potential of obtaining distribution. A number of films from last year’s Acquisitions Program went on to receive distribution following the festival, such as Invitation to Dance, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, The Grand Seduction, Night Has Settled, Siddharth, Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper, and Noble to name a few. We are looking forward to all the Acquisitions Weekend will offer this year.”
Films will be accepted until the drop deadline on December 12. All films can be submitted through withoutabox.com. For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org.
For more information about Acquisitions Weekend or to apply for a pass, please visit www.sbiff.org.   Website
10/21/14 - SBIFF will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award on January 31, 2015
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015. 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. Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
Michael Keaton will be honored for his distinguished career, including his most compelling performance to date in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented “There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decades-long experience.”
Michael Keaton first gained national attention in the hit comedy Night Shift, followed by starring roles in such films as Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, and The Dream Team. In 1989, he earned the ‘Best Actor’ award from the National Society of Film Critics for Clean and Sober and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Keaton later re-teamed with Burton to play the title role in the blockbusters Batman and Batman Returns.
In 2002, Keaton played ‘Robert Weiner’ in HBO’s critically-acclaimed Live from Baghdad, based on a true story of the CNN crew who reported from Baghdad during the Gulf War, and he received a Golden Globe® nomination for his performance. In 2005, Keaton was featured in Game 6, a story centered on the historic Game Six of the 1986 World Series, and in the following year, he starred in the feature film The Last Time.
In 2007, Keaton was in the TNT mini-series The Company, a dramatic story of how the CIA operated during the Cold War, and that same year, he made his directorial debut and also starred in the drama The Merry Gentleman, which was accepted into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Also, in 2009, Keaton co-starred in the Fox Searchlight comedy Post Grad. In 2010, Keaton was the voice of ‘Ken’ in Toy Story 3, the latest addition to the successful and endearing Pixar franchise, and he also co-starred in the comedy feature The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson for Columbia Pictures. In 2013, Keaton appeared opposite Michelle Monaghan in the feature film Penthouse North, and earlier this year, he was featured in both Robocop and Need for Speed.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
10/7/14 - Come celebrate the career of Jessica Lange with us!
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I kindly urge you to seriously consider supporting the only fundraiser of SBIFF - the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film saluting Jessica Lange. Your money will go directly to pay for our educational programs and our free community events. We couldn't do it without you. Please join us for an amazing glamorous evening and support our invaluable community programs. Thanks, Roger   Website
9/26/14 - SBIFF will present Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to Cousteau family
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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.   Website
9/26/14 - SBIFF announces the Opening Night film
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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.   Website
8/25/14 - Last week to SAVE! ..... 25% OFF SBIFF Passes & Packages
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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
7/30/14 - Just announced! ... Jessica Lange to receive SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film
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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
7/28/14 - 25% OFF SBIFF Passes & Packages
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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
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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   Website
6/26/14 - SBIFF announces its line-up for the brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival”
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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.   Website
4/16/14 - heads Up! The Wave Film Festival -- July 16 - 20
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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
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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.   Website



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