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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
2/10/14 - SBIFF announces its "Third Weekend - Free Screenings of The Best of the Fest" -- 2/14
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If you missed some of the festival favorites this past week, have no fear! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue their tradition of presenting the “3RD Weekend,” which will feature the highlights of the 29th Festival for Santa Barbara residents. The films will be screened throughout the weekend of February 14-16 at the Riviera Theatre. Screenings are FREE and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Here's the schedule:
Friday February 14, 2014
7:00 PM - Noble
9:30 PM - BFFs - preceded by short film Satellite Beach


SATURDAY, February 15:
11:00 AM - Lutah
2:00 PM - Bauyr (Little Brother)
4:30 PM - Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on The Gay Rodeo - preceded by short film Tome of the Unknown
7:00 PM - God's Slave
9:30 PM - 1982

SUNDAY, February 16:
11:00 AM - The Broken Circle Breakdown
2:00 PM - Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
4:30 PM - Eastern Boys
7:00 PM - For A Woman

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Venue ... Riviera Theatre  Website
2/10/14 - SBIFF announces Winning Films!
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The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGGÒ Australia, announced the winners of the 2014 festival competition at a Press Conference and Brunch Sunday morning at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. To the delight of patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 29th season continued the tradition of presenting purely exceptional films, spanning genres and topics that surpass anything before. Throughout the 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of the most vivacious periods the area has ever seen.
Commented Executive Director Roger Durling, “The caliber of films that we welcomed to our community was exceptional and opened our eyes to all corners of the world. We are proud to have shown these films and have them be a part of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.”
The esteemed jury for the 2014 SBIFF included: Yahoo! Movies writer Thelma Adams, documentary filmmaker Mimi deGruy, SBIFF Founder Phyllis DePicciotto, actress Frances Fisher, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, producer Ted Hope, Academy Award-winning editor Artie Schmidt, actor Alan Thicke, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe.
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to NOBLE, directed by Stephen Bradley and starring Dierdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Mark Huberman, Liam Cunningham and Nhu Quynh Nguyen. In 1989 Vietnam, a funny, feisty and courageous woman overcomes the difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon, helping more than 70,000 street children on the other side of the world. Winner received a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. Mark Huberman, who plays the role of David Somers in the film, was on hand to accept the award for director Stephen Bradley.
Frances Fisher, who along with Ted Hope judged the Independent category, commented that Stephen Bradley's NOBLE “lived up to its title. It’s a powerful story of triumph over adversity. Inspiring - beautifully shot, acted and directed.”
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Hill Harper for his performance in 1982, directed by Tommy Oliver.
The Best International Film Award went to France’s EASTERN BOYS, directed by Robin Campillo and starring Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov and Daniil Vorobyov about a middle-aged Frenchman who solicits a young foreigner and finds himself entangled with a group of young Eastern European hustlers.
Said Guettel, who judged along with Thelma Adams commented, “Eastern Boys doesn’t care what you think is right or wrong. It just unfolds through three beautifully intuitive performances, a fresh story of moral hazard and reward.”
Diane Kurys’ FOR A WOMAN received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in directing.
Best Documentary Film Award went to QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, directed by Matt Livadary. Roping and riding and busting stereotypes, the dauntless members of the International Gay Rodeo Association face constant obstacles in their quest to qualify for the World Gay Rodeo Finals. Director Matt Livadary, along with producer Erin Krozek was on hand to accept the award.
Said deGruy, who judged along with Schmidt, “It was a difficult decision to choose one 'best' because this year's documentary roster was so strong. Ultimately, we chose Queens and Cowboys because of its strong story, directing, editing, camerawork, use of music and its strong heart. It was an entertaining, courageous, moving, thought provoking film than upends just about every gay prejudice and stereotype.”
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film was awarded to GOD’S SLAVE (ESCLAVO DE DIOS), directed by Joel Novoa. Inspired by true events, this is the story of two extremists, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while on opposing sides of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA bombings. Director Joel Novoa and producer Jose Novoa were on hand to accept the award.
The Best Eastern European Film Award for best Eastern Bloc feature went to BAUYR (LITTLE BROTHER), from Kazakhstan directed by Serik Aprymov. In a small remote village lost in the mountains, nine-year-old Yerken is forced to live alone without any support. But the day finally arrives when his older brother returns home, and Yerken is full of joy and happiness. His brother turns out to be the direct opposite of little Yerken, a cold and hollow-hearted person— personality traits which Yerken fails to notice due to his unrequited love and affection for his brother. Through the unfolding events, Yerken never leaves the impression of a helpless little boy; he doesn’t fight the harsh reality around him—he is too young for that. Instead, he is consistently self-contained and protected by his inner world. Director Serik Aprymov, along with Alisher Aprymov who portrayed the older brother, was present to accept the award. Jurors Phyllis dePicciotto and Anthony Zerbe commented that both the Spanish Language and Eastern Bloc sections offered an amazing, diverse world view of so many different cultures. “This year was rich in film offerings, making it difficult to pick a winner. They opened our eyes to global views that enrich us as human beings, whether they are comedies, dramas or thrillers. The festival attendees were treated to a cinematic fest.”
The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to SATELLITE BEACH, directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson. Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, and the final move of the Atlantic space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. King Orba (one of the actors in the film) accepted the award along with Bud Kremp, Director Of Photography.
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to TOME OF THE UNKNOWN, directed by Patrick McHale and starring Elijah Wood and Warren Burton about two brother who find themselves lost in a mysterious place called the Unknown, a place where long-forgotten stories take shape around them as they search for a way home. Director Patrick McHale and Executive Producers Brian Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey were there to accept the award.
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues went to THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE, directed by Thomas Allen Harris. This film explores the role that photography has played in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Director Thomas Allen Harris was there to accept the award.
The Audience Choice Award, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent, went to QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, directed by Matt Livadary.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGGÒ Australia, concludes with back-to-back screenings of the Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, with Before Midnight as the Closing night film, followed by a Conversation with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by Anne Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Thompson on Hollywood for IndieWIREcom.
The schedule for the Third Weekend, featuring the Best of the Fest will be announced soon.   Website
2/5/14 - SBIFF announces lineup for second weekend panels
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is pleased to announce the second weekend panelists. SBIFF has become known for their highly-acclaimed Panel Series where accomplished industry professionals, most of whom have emerged as Academy Award nominees, come together for lively, informative and revealing panel discussions. The Panel Series is presented by Cox Communications.
Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, at the Lobero Theatre will be the "It Starts With the Script" panel, which brings together some of today’s most talented and innovative writing professionals as they discuss the process of giving life to film. Moderated by IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson, this year’s Academy Award nominated panelists include: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Jeff Pope (Philomena), and Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club).
Following the writer’s panel, at 2:00 p.m., is SBIFF’s "Directors on Directing" panel, where some of the world’s most renowned directors dicsuss their films, their craft, and their challenges. Moderated by Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, this year’s Academy Award-nominated panelists include: Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), and Felix Van Groeningen (Broken Circle Breakdown). Sponsored by Brooks Institute.
The SBIFF is proud to announce the newly installed "Masters of VFX Visual Effects Technology" Panel. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., join three award-winning masters of visual effects technology as they discuss the latest advancements and the influence that technology has on filmmaking. Moderated by Feature Post Production 20th Century Fox’s President, Ted Gagliano, the VFX Technology Panel will feature Oscar-winning VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Rob Legato (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Oscar nominee VFX Supervisor Tim Webber (Gravity). Sponsored by Adobe. For ticket information, log onto www.sbiff.org.   Website
2/4/14 - SBIFF announces the 2014 Virtuosos Award recipients.
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The 2014 Virtuosos Award recipients are Daniel Brühl (Rush), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska), along with Sinceridad’s director, writer and producer Andrea Casaseca Ferror, Selma Rubin and Community of Life’s director Beezhan Tulu and Across Grace Alley’s director Ralph Macchio and actress Karina Smirnoff. The awards tribute is tonight at the Arlington Theatre.   Website
1/28/14 - Bruce Dern steps in to receive SBIFF's Modern Master Award -- February 8th
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern with the Modern Master Award. (Emma Thompson, who was slated to receive the Modern Master Award, is unfortunately now not able to be in attendance as she is required for rehearsal in London on the New York Philharmonic staging of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, which will be directed by Lonny Price.) The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF.
Established in 1995, it was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Dern joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
Bruce Dern will be honored for his distinguished career, which includes his most recent role of a lifetime as the headstrong Woody in Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed film Nebraska.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented “We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award – he's not only a Modern Master – he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in ‘Woody Grant.’ It’s his time and we’re delighted to honor him.”
Bruce Dern’s tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of critically acclaimed performances, Bruce has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. A celebrated stage actor, Bruce was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at The Actor’s Studio and made his film debut in Kazan’s “Wild River” (1960). In the 1960s, Bruce also found success as a distinguished television actor. He appeared regularly in contemporary Western TV-series as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s television series. Hitchcock was such a fan of Dern’s, he cast him in both “Marnie” and, “Family Plot” (Hitchcock’s final film).
During the 1960s, Dern went on to work with director Roger Corman and appeared in several of his classic and decade defining films including Wild Angels. He received critical success for films such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? opposite Jane Fonda and Drive, He Said, directed by Jack Nicholson, and went down in history for his role as Long Hair in The Cowboys in which he became the first man ever to kill John Wayne on screen.
Bruce went on to star in such classic films like The King of Marvin Gardens with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn as well as playing Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. It was his brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home that earned him both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe nomination. Bruce co-starred with Charlize Theron in Monster, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of all time. Most recently Bruce has worked with iconic directors Francis Ford Coppola in Twixt and Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained.
Other credits include: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davis, Douglas Trumball’s Silent Running, Michael Ritchie’s Smile, Middle Age Crazy with Anne Margaret, The ‘Burbs with Tom Hanks, The Haunting with Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Bob Thornton’s All The Pretty Horses, Bob Dylan’s Masked and Anonymous, to name just a few.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/23/14 - SBIFF will present the Outstanding Director Award to David O. Russell on January 31st
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“It was at the first-ever screening of American Hustle for the SBIFF Cinema Society last November that I knew precisely who should receive our Outstanding Director Award,” recalled SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Now I’m glad I can let the cat out of the bag. Russell has matured into one of the most essential voices in film today. His deeply personal trilogy, comprised of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, tap deeply at the core of the American dream where anyone should be guaranteed the opportunity of a second chance, of reinvention and triumph. As a writer and director, he is not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world. He has the eye for the picture he wants to present and then does so, with an expertise that is as bold as it is a joy to watch.”
David O. Russell’s last three films have garnered 25 Oscar nominations, including 11 acting nominations and three wins. For the second year in a row, Russell has directed his cast to acting nominations in all four Oscar® acting races. His latest film, American Hustle has been honored with 10 Academy Award® nominations, including a Best Director nomination for Russell and a Best Original Screenplay nomination that he shared with Eric Warren Singer. It has also won three Golden Globe Awards and has received 10 BAFTA Award nominations, including a nomination for Russell for Best Director, a Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Russell, and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. It has been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle as the Best Picture of the Year. Previously, Russell received Oscar® nominations for his work directing The Fighter and wring and directing Silver Linings Playbook, as well as a BAFTA Award for his screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s two previous films, American Hustle defies genre to tell a story of love, reinvention, and survival. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.
Tickets, Festival Passes and Packages are available now and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now in its 29th year, SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 75,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of the art of filmmaking and continues its commitment to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. For more information, please visit www.sbfilmfestival.org.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/16/14 - SBIFF welcomes 15 Oscar Nominees to the 29th Fest -- More Surprises to be Announced
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 30, is proud to welcome 15 Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.
“This year has given us some of the greatest collection of movies in decades,” commented Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “We congratulate this morning’s nominees and we are proud of all of our 2014 honorees…it’s their incredible work that we look forward to celebrating.”
This year’s Cinema Vanguard recipients Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio both received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, for The Wolf of Wall Street, which also received a Best Picture nod. This marks the 9th nomination for Scorsese, having won once for Hugo, and DiCaprio’s 3rd nod for Best Actor. The Cinema Vanguard Award will be presented on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
Outstanding Performer of the Year, Cate Blanchett, received her 5th nomination, this time for her role in Blue Jasmine. It was in 2004’s The Aviator that Blanchett won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Virtuosos recipient and Golden Globe winner Jared Leto received his 1st nomination for Dallas Buyers Club, as did fellow Virtuoso recipient, June Squibb receiving her 1st nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
SBIFF also congratulates Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, who received their 2nd nomination for their collaboration on the Adapted Screenplay for Before Midnight, the first being for Before Sunset. The trilogy will be screened on closing day of the fest, culminating with a Conversation with the three writers followed by Before Midnight as the fest’s closer.
SBIFF will also feature three of the five Animated Features nominees, starting with Frozen¸ directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, which will be presented to 4000 Title 1 students for “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies,” and The Croods and Despicable Me 2 being screened for AppleBox, free Saturday morning family screenings.
SBIFF will also present Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown, The Missing Picture from Cambodia, and Omar from Palestine.
The number of nominees will continue to grow with the upcoming announcement of those participating in the panels, which will feature nominated Directors, Writers and Producers and Visual Effects Artists, as well as some of the nominated features and short films.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, takes place Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9. For information, log onto www.sbiff.org.   Website
1/7/14 - Save the Date! SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- January 30 at the Arlington
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SBIFF 2014 will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the World Premiere of Mission Blue, directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens. Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle is on a personal mission to save the Ocean. Shot over a three-year period in numerous locations around the world, Mission Blue traces Sylvia’s remarkable personal journey, from her earliest memories exploring the Ocean as a young girl, to her days leading a daring undersea mission in the Virgin Islands to her experience as the chief scientist at NOAA and beyond.
The film is part oceanic road trip; part biography; part action adventure story. Guiding us through the film is Fisher Stevens, whose own lifelong passion for the Ocean inspired him to produce the Academy award winning film, The Cove. In many ways, Mission Blue is an extension of that earlier film. But rather than explore a single issue, Mission Blue tackles the daunting challenge of how to protect a once vibrant system that is now under attack like never before. As a witness to change over the past 60 years, Sylvia is a steadfast warrior, leading the charge to restore it to health before it’s too late. The film also features James Cameron and the late Mike deGruy.
Opening night, sponsored by Studio 7 and The Santa Barbara Independent, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 30, 2014, with director Fisher Stevens and Sylvia Earle attending. The film will be followed by a gala reception (Ticket required) at Paseo Nuevo Mall.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
1/7/14 - 2014 SBIFF Poster Unveiled!
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The 2014 poster, once again created by the talented Barbara Boros, captures the essence of Santa Barbara while also highlighting the element of films and filmmaking. With Santa Barbara’s lush wine country serving as inspiration, which was also the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film Sideways, the poster celebrates SCREEN CUISINE, a recent addition to our film sidebars and has been expanded due to its great popularity. Finally, the poster also ‘toasts’ a new partnership with our wine sponsor, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery.  Website
1/2/14 - Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio to receive SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award -- February 6th
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Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be celebrated for their extraordinary film collaboration which has produced five exemplary films including Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and their latest, the critically acclaimed hit film The Wolf of Wall Street, which has taken their fearless and uncompromising work together to an even deeper level.
Comments Durling, “Scorsese and DiCaprio’s partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart – and even Scorsese and De Niro.”
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of those who have forged his/her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Past recipients include Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are two of the most recognized, respected, and multi-talented artists in Hollywood. Audiences have enjoyed watching their work continue to evolve in new ways, speaking to a level of mutual trust and risk taking that pushes them as an actor and filmmaker. This is most evident in this year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which depicts a notorious stock swindler who squandered profits from a boiler-room "pump and dump" scheme on cocaine, prostitutes, and lavish excesses.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
12/29/13 - Save the Date! SBIFF will screening the "Before" Trilogy on February 9th
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will present the critically acclaimed Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight with an in-depth conversation with co-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater following the third film.
“This trilogy creates one of the most authentic portrayals of love on the screen,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, “and it's an undeniable gift to be able to experience all three movies in one day as well as to host its three talented creators.”
The Before trilogy has been a critical darling since Before Sunrise was released in 1995. The film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, portrayed a young couple meeting for the first time on a train who decide to spend the whole day together in Vienna with the chance of never seeing one another again. The sequel, Before Sunset, was released nine years later in 2004, with Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine meeting each other again by chance in Paris. The film, which was co-written by Hawke, Delpy and director Richard Linklater, was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Venue ... Lobero Theatre  Website
12/17/13 - Robert Redford to receive SBIFF's American Riviera Award -- Friday, February 7
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor actor, director and producer Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award -- an award SBIFF established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Redford will join an illustrious group of past recipients, including Quentin Tarantino (2013) and Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).
“To honor Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said Durling. “His fifty-year career - filled with significant achievements both on and off camera - is reason enough for celebration, but his role in ALL IS LOST - one of the best performances of the year - proves that he's an artist that continues to evolve and inspire us.”
Redford’s career reflects a man who embodies an array of talents. He’s an actor, producer and director, as well as an ardent conservationist and environmentalist. He is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression and his passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts. Having honed his acting skill on television as well as on stage, his early film work includes Barefoot in the Park, for which he reprised his stage role of newlywed Paul Bratter, Inside Daisy Clover, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, among others. It was his breakthrough role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that made Hollywood stand up and take notice. The film became an instant classic, firmly establishing Redford as one of the industry’s top leading men.
He has since built a distinguished acting career, starring in such notable feature films as The Sting, Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, Brubaker, The Natural, Out of Africa, Indecent Proposal, Up Close and Personal, Spy Game, The Last Castle, The Clearing and An Unfinished Life.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
12/9/13 - Seven Actors to receive 2014 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 2014 Virtuosos Award to Daniel Brühl (Rush), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Arlington Theatre at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs January 30 - February 9, 2014.
The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Previous recipients for this award include Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Demian Bichir, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Andy Serkis, Patton Oswalt, Andrew Garfield, John Hawkes, Lesley Manville, Hailee Steinfeld, Jacki Weaver, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Amy Ryan and Michael Shannon.
Comments Durling, “2013 has been a banner year for movies, and these groups of actors are a vital representation of what made those films so triumphant."   Website
12/9/13 - The Kirk Douglas Award has been rescheduled to Sunday January 5th
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Due to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Forest Whitaker will be in South Africa and unable to make it to Santa Barbara on Sunday, December 15th, so the Kirk Douglas Award has been rescheduled to Sunday January 5th. Thank you all for your understanding.   Website
11/19/13 - SBIFF to Honor Emma Thompson with Modern Master Award on February 28th
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Emma Thompson will be honored for her illustrious versatile career, which includes her captivating portrayal of P.L. Travers, author of the universally beloved Mary Poppins novels, in the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock. “With the distinction of being the only artist to win an Oscar for both Best Actress and Best Screenplay, Ms. Thompson exemplifies the spirit of the Modern Master,” commented Roger Durling.
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Thompson joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
11/13/13 - Oprah Winfrey to be honored with SBIFF's Montecito Award -- Oprah Winfrey -- 2/5
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On February 25th, at the Arlington Theater, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be proud to honor Oprah Winfrey with the prestigious Montecito Award presented by UGG® Australia at the 29th edition of the Festival on behalf of her inspirational performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career and whose style has been a contribution to film. Previously, the award has been given to such luminaries as Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005.
Oprah Winfrey’s most recent work includes her moving portrayal of supportive wife Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama stars Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple administrations, set against the arc of the civil rights movement. “Ms. Winfrey, the actress, inhabits Gloria Gaines with such gusto – she makes you forget Oprah the impresario,” comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Her performance is career-defining and reason to rejoice.”
Winfrey, an accomplished actress, producer and business woman, made her acting debut in 1985 with the period drama The Color Purple portraying the troubled wife, Sofia, a performance that garnered her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1998, she starred in and produced Jonathan Demme’s Beloved and in 2009 she served as Executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film Precious, which went on to receive six Academy Award® nominations and winning two. Winfrey also lent her voice in several movies such as Charlotte’s Web, Bee Movie and The Princess and The Frog. For 25 years Oprah Winfrey was in America’s homes as host and producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show under her own banner of Harpo Productions and is currently the Chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In 2011 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for efforts that promote hope around the world and goodwill for the film industry.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
11/6/13 - Save the Date! SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award -- Cate Blanchett -- 2/1
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett on Saturday, February 1. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine at the 29th edition of the Festival, which runs January 30 – February 9, 2014, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “In her first collaboration with master director Woody Allen, Blanchett knocks it out of the park in the best performance of her already illustrious career,“ remarked Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to be able to celebrate her achievement.”
Blanchett will be honored for her stellar performance in this year’s Blue Jasmine, in which she portrays Jasmine French, a deeply conflicted and complex woman in the throes of her world unraveling. The imploding of her life has far-reaching effects on those around her, leaving the audience to wonder if everyone can heal and move forward. Jasmine is tragically flawed and with Blanchett at the helm, we feel Jasmine’s pain and experience her journey.
The arsenal from which Blanchett hones her talent has allowed her the opportunity to portray a wide range of personalities in films by some of the most esteemed directors. Those films include Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, for which she received her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Barry Levinson’s Bandits, Lasse Hallström’s The Shipping News, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Joel Schumacher’s Veronica Guerin, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (for which Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel, Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal, for which she received her second Oscar nomination, and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, to name just a few. Blanchett received two Oscar nominations in 2008, as Best Lead Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, giving her the distinction of being one of only five actors (and the only female actor) in Academy history to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films, and as Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There, further distinguishing her as one of eleven actors to have been nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Blanchett will next appear in The Monuments Men.
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Venue ... Arlington Theatre  Website
10/31/13 - Forest Whitaker to receive the Kirk Douglas Award
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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 FOREST WHITAKER. Guests will gather to celebrate his achievements at this black-tie Gala dinner. In the tradition of the award, top-name presenters will be revealed closer to the event.
“Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare,” commented Kirk Douglas. Whitaker is in exceptional company, joining previous recipients Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.
Whitaker brings an authentic realism to each of his performances. Often referred to as a ‘gentle giant,’ Whitaker has the ability to get under our skin, guiding the audience through every character he embodies, making him one of the most versatile performers of all time. This promises to be an exciting year for Whitaker. He most recently portrayed Cecil Gaines, a butler at the White House serving eight presidents during his tenure in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opposite Oprah Winfrey; he will grace the screen in Out of the Furnace, opposite Christian Bale; and he will also be seen in his first musical, Black Nativity, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett. In addition, Forest is the founder of LA-based Significant Productions, where he served as a producer on Fruitvale Station, which won the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Forest made his directorial debut with Strapped, for which he won the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival. He has directed and executive produced popular classics including Waiting to Exhale, Hope Floats and First Daughter. He’s produced numerous award-winning films and has executive produced several made-for-television movies and miniseries, most notably, Door to Door in 2002, for which he earned an Emmy Award. Other notable films include The Last Stand, Where the Wild Things Are, The Great Debators, Phone Booth, Panic Room, Pret-a-Porter, The Crying Game, A Rage in Harlem, Good Morning, Vietnam, Platoon, The Color of Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and countless others.
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Venue ... Bacara Resort & Spa  Website
2/26/13 - Film and Award History -- 2013 S.B.I.F.F.
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Here is a summary of the awards and panels at the recent 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival:

HONOREES
Modern Master Award – Ben Affleck
Montecito Award – Daniel Day-Lewis
Outstanding Performance of the Year – Jennifer Lawrence
The American Riviera™ Award – Quentin Tarantino
Cinema Vanguard Award – Amy Adams
Virtuosos Award – Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhané Wallis

PANELISTS

WRITERS PANEL
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower)
Roman Coppola, (Moonrise Kingdom)
John Gatins (Flight)
Rian Johnson (Looper)
David Magee (Life of Pi)

DIRECTORS PANEL
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)
Mark Andrews (Brave)

PRODUCERS PANEL
Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook)
Debra Hayward (Les Miserables)
Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Kathleen Kennedy (Lincoln)
Stacey Sher (Django Unchained)
David Womark (Life of Pi)

WOMENS PANEL
Allison Abbate (producer, Frankenweenie)
Lucy Alibar (writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Marissa Paiva (Director of Development, Fox Life of Pi)
Katherine Sarafian (producer, Brave)
Pilar Savone (producer, Django Unchained)

AWARD WINNING FILMS

BABYGIRL
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
directed by Macdara Vallely

COMING OF AGE (Anfang 80)
The Best International Film Award
directed by Gerhard Ertl and Sabine Hiebler

7 BOXES (7 Cajas)
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film
directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori

MORE THAN HONEY
Best Documentary Film Award
directed by Markus Imhoof

BARRIERS
The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film
directed by Golan Rise

SLEIGHT OF HAND
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film
directed by Michael Cusack

REVOLUTION
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
directed by Rob Stewart and executive produced by Gus Van Sant

SPINNING PLATES
The Audience Choice Award
directed by Joseph Levy

10-10-10 Screenwriting Winners
Leanne Sturman – TO MAKE A LOVE STORY SHORT – San Marcos High School
Gabriella Guillen – PARADISE CAFÉ – Santa Barbara City College

10-10-10 Filmmaking Winners
Patrick Hall – TOLD YOU – Santa Barbara High School
Kevin Huang – SUNSET ON CABRILLO BLVD. Brooks Institute

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2/1/13 - Tomorrow night! -- SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award -- Jennifer Lawrence
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is proud to present Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th edition of the Festival which runs January 24 – February 3, 2013.
Lawrence will be honored for her diverse performances in film this year. In both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook she presents two vastly different and complex characters. In The Hunger Games, Lawrence stars as the courageous and fierce, Katniss Everdeen, striving to survive. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany, the mysterious and disturbed neighbor to Pat Solantano (Cooper). Pat lost everything and is trying to get his life back together, when he meets Tiffany who has problems of her own. Through an unlikely friendship comes a strong bond between them and silver linings begin to appear in both their lives. Silver Linings Playbook is a heartfelt dramatic comedy about the everyday struggles as well as the triumphs of ordinary people. This film allows audiences to see a dark, comedic, and more vulnerable side of Lawrence that is quite remarkable.
“Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in The Hunger Games, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in Silver Lining Playbook – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.”
As an Academy Award nominated actress, Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors having appeared in a number of critically acclaimed roles and working with some of the industry’s most respected filmmakers. For her 2010 performance in the gritty independent, Winter’s Bone, her memorable portrayal of “Ree Dolly” garnered her Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award® nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actress. Lawrence is currently in production The Hunger Games upcoming sequel Catching Fire, reprising her role as “Katniss Everdeen.” She recently completed production starring in the title role on Susanne Bier’s, Serena, set in the depression-era. Previous credits include Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class; Jodie Foster’s The Beaver; Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy; Lori Petty’s The Poker House, for which she was awarded the prize of Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival; and Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain, where she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 65th Venice Film Festival.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Email   Website
1/29/13 - Tonight! -- SBIFF - Virtuosos Award at the Arlington
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The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are: Ann Dowd from "Compliance"; Elle Fanning from "Ginger & Rosa"; Ezra Miller from "The Perks of Being A Wallflower"; Eddie Redmayne from "Les Miserables"; Omar Sy from "The Intouchables"; Quvenzhané Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Website
1/24/13 - SBIFF American Riviera Award -- Quentin Tarantino -- January 30
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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor legendary, Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer/actor Quentin Tarantino whose latest film Django Unchained was released to critical and box office success and is nominated for five Academy Awards – including Best Picture.
Quentin Tarantino is honored to accept the award as Leo DiCaprio regrettably had scheduling conflicts and cannot attend the previous announced event which had been scheduled for February 1. “We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio’s conflict, but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an SBIFF’s favorite,” says Executive Director Roger Durling.
The American Riviera Award was established to recognize an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Tarantino will join an illustrious group of past recipients, including frequent collaborator director Martin Scorsese (2012): Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).
As a writer, director, producer and actor, anything Tarantino touches becomes an instant cinematic classic. He has not only established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation, but his dedication and diverse producing efforts consistently demonstrate his respect for both those who came before and the ones just now breaking in.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Website
1/19/13 - 2013 Film Schedule is now live!
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The link below will take you to all the films in the Festival.   Website
1/19/13 - 15 Films added to Festival line-up
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 24, has added 15 films to the already stellar lineup of films being showcased at this year’s festival, including three Academy Award nominees, two World Premieres and two US Premieres.
“We’ve added some fantastic new films that broaden the scope of the program and embody the international spirit of the festival,” commented Michael Albright, SBIFF’s Director of Programming.

World Premieres being added are: ANGELS IN EXILE, South Africa; RETREAT, Canada.

U.S. Premieres being added are: MADDENED BY HIS ABSENCE (J’enrage de son Absence), France; SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, India.

Oscar nominated films added are: A ROYAL AFFAIR (En kongelig affære), Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany; HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, USA; WAR WITCH (Rebelle), Canada;

In addition, the following are also added to the program: BEIJING FLICKERS, China; BEYOND THE HILLS, Romania/France; MUMBAI’S KING, India; STEEL, Italy; SOUND CITY, USA; STILL MINE, Canada; STUDENT, Kazakhstan; THE PUNK SYNDROME, Finland/Norway/Sweden.

For the complete online schedule go to ... http://sbiff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2013-film-schedule-is-now-live  Website
1/18/13 - Ben Affleck will receive SBIFF's Modern Master Award -- January 25
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will honor director, producer and actor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013.
“Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with ARGO,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we’re thrilled to honor him this year.”
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Affleck joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Christopher Plummer.
Affleck will be honored for his work this year as the director, star and producer of the critically acclaimed film Argo. He has proven to be a master of his craft with Argo, receiving acclaim from both critics and audiences. Skillfully capturing the tension brought upon by the subject matter, Affleck uses the film’s pacing and tone to enhance it to its greatest potential. Based on true events, the film chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio, the film is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Website
1/9/13 - Official 2013 SBIFF Poster Unveiled
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Once again, we are happy to announce that the 2013 poster has once again been created by the talented Barbara Boros. Highlighting the ocean life and waterscape so loved by those who both live in and visit Santa Barbara, the design was inspired by the incomparable Mike deGruy and his dedication to all living things. This year’s poster encapsulates the vast film world depicted in the seemingly endless ocean where creativity and possibilities are limitless.   Email   Website
1/6/13 - Save the Date! -- SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- January 24
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The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open with the U.S. Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot. The director and cast are expected to attend. The film will be followed by a gala reception at Paseo Nuevo Mall.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Website
11/28/12 - SBIFF's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will honor Jennifer Lawrence
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On Saturday, February 2 Jennifer Lawrence will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence will be honored for her diverse performances in film this year. In both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook she presents two vastly different and complex characters.
In The Hunger Games, Lawrence stars as the courageous and fierce, Katniss Everdeen, striving to survive. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany. Silver Linings Playbook is a heartfelt dramatic comedy about everyday struggles as well as the triumphs of ordinary people showcasing a dark, comedic, and more vulnerable side of Lawrence that is quite remarkable.
“Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in The Hunger Games, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in Silver Lining Playbook – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.”  Website
11/15/12 - SBIFF will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award on January 26, 2013
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“Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with ARGO,” commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we’re thrilled to honor him this year.”
The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Affleck joins an illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Christopher Plummer.
Affleck will be honored for his work this year as the director, star and producer of the critically acclaimed film Argo. He has proven to be a master of his craft with Argo, receiving acclaim from both critics and audiences. Skillfully capturing the tension brought upon by the subject matter, Affleck uses the film’s pacing and tone to enhance it to its greatest potential. Based on true events, the film chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio, the film is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney.  Website
10/18/12 - Save the Date! -- SBIFF Honors Robert DeNiro -- December 8
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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the sixth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary actor Robert DeNiro. The black-tie Gala dinner will take a look into DeNiro’s prestigious career and feature the award presentation.
Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa.  Website
6/26/12 - Save the Date! -- Silver Screen Bash -- July 14th at QAD
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Join us for fun-filled evening like no other – all in an effort to raise money to ensure the children, students and families in Santa Barbara have access to quality arts programs. All food and cocktails included in the price of admission!!!
• Walk the red carpet past the paparazzi • Dine on gourmet food • Sip sumptuous cocktails, wine and beer • Bid on unique silent auction items • Dance the night away on the dance floor • Enjoy the stunning view from the hilltop. • Visit the Jaqua Beauty Lounge for your henna tattoo
Silver Screen Bash is Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s largest fundraiser for our free children’s education and community outreach programs: Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition, SBIFF College Intern Program, and 3rd Weekend. During the 2012 film festival, over 12,250 children, students, and families participated in one of SBIFF’s free programs.
Venue: QAD.  Email   Website
4/9/12 - 2013 SBIFF dates are set ..... Jan 24 - Feb 3!! Discounted passes on sale May 1.
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by lynda.com has set Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 as the dates for the 28th edition of the festival, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling.

Comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “The 27th edition was an exciting one for us - full of changes and growth with our first ever acquisitions program. Now in the midst of preparations for the 28th edition - we guarantee you that the best is yet to come.”

Festival Passes and Packages go on sale May 1 and are discounted at 25% until June 25 and can be purchased exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023.

The Santa BarbaraInternational Film Festival is dedicated to the art of filmmaking, which seeks out and consequently offers a broad array of international and independent films, with a commitment to diversity.
SBIFF, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year, endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting eleven days of films, tributes and symposiums, raising consciousness of film as an art form.
SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination.
SBIFF continues it commitment to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies and educational seminars.  Email   Website
2/7/12 - SBIFF 2012 3rd Weekend Schedule
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3rd weekend is a community event where we show some of the highlights from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for free at the Riviera Theatre (2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA).
The schedule for this year is as follows:
Friday February 10
7:00 pm Up There
9:30 pm Vinyl w/ The Missing Key
Saturday February 11
11:00 am Dirty Energy
1:00 pm Barrymore
4:00 pm Pretty Old
7:00 pm Starbuck w/ Picture Paris
9:30 pm The Rumble of The Stones
Sunday February 12
11:00 am Otter 501
1:00 pm Heat Wave w/ L Train
4:00 pm Free Men
7:00 pm Horses
ADMISSION POLICY
All screenings are free to the public and in fairness to the entire community,seating is on a first come first served basis. As the policy for all free Festival programming, there will be no Q’s handed out. Saving seats will not be allowed inside the theatre. Visit: www.sbiff.org for more information   Email   Website
1/27/12 - Tonight at SBIFF -- Outstanding Performer Award -- Viola Davis
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present award-winning actress, Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performance in Tate Taylor’s "The Help".
Davis captivated audiences and critics alike last summer with her portrayal of African American housemaid “Aibileen Clark.” Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, “The Help” chronicles the relationship between three different and extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Deeply moving, filled with humor, hope and heart, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
Durling comments, “It’s hard to imagine another performance this year that pierces your heart the way Viola does as Aibileen.”
In 2008’s Doubt, Davis rendered audiences heartbroken with her performance as a troubled mother, forced to make a difficult decision to secure a future for her young son. Garnering wide critical acclaim, Davis’ work in the film solidified her as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, and earned her nominations for an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. Davis first landed on the big screen as a social worker in the Academy Award® nominated film Traffic. Shortly thereafter in 2002, Davis appeared in pivotal roles in Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi drama, Solaris, opposite George Clooney, Far From Heaven, opposite Julianne Moore and Antwone Fisher which garnered Davis and Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress.”
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Email   Website
1/26/12 - TONIGHT -- SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala
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The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5), presented by lynda.com, opens tonight with the World Premiere of the Sony Classics Pictures film "Darling Companion," directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 26, 2012 and is sponsored by Studio 7.
“We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” remarked SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
In DARLING COMPANION, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Email   Website
1/25/12 - SBIFF is proud to welcome 23+ Academy Award nominees
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 26, is proud to welcome 23+ Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.
Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “We’re thrilled to pieces to have all of these nominees coming to SBIFF. Congrats to all of them, and we’re grateful they will be joining us soon.”
Hugo emerged as the film with the most nominations, receiving 11 in all, including Best Director for American Riviera Award honoree Martin Scorsese, as well as Best Picture.
Receiving an astounding 10 nominations was The Artist, and Santa Barbara will have the honor of celebrating first time nominees Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo with the Cinema Vanguard Award. Director Michel Hazanavicius and producer Thomas Langmann will also attend the festival.
This year’s Modern Master, Christopher Plummer, received his second Oscar nomination for his performance in Beginners, written and directed by Santa Barbara’s own Mike Mills, who will present the festival’s highest honor.
SBIFF’s Outstanding Performer of the Year, Viola Davis also received her second Oscar nomination for her extraordinary performance in The Help. Joining her that night will be her co-star and Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer, along with writer/director Tate Taylor.
Receiving their first Academy Award nominations are Virtuosos Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life), as well as director Gore Verbinski (Rango), who will screen Rango for Field Trip to the Movies.
Additional festival attendees/films that received nominations include:
The Artist;Hugo, Rango; Kung Fu Panda 2; The Help; Beginners; Pina 3D; Puss in Boots; Bullhead, foreign film from Belgium; La Luna, animated short film from Pixar; Joe Berlinger, whose documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory got nominated, will be at the festival with his documentary Under African Skies.
The number of nominees attending SBIFF will continue to grow, as you can expect to see the following in SB for panels (soon to be announced), to name just a few:
Jim Rash (Descendants); Jim Burke (De  Email   Website
1/19/12 - SBIFF Opening Night Film & Gala -- Next Thursday, January 26
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The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2012 Festival with the World Premiere of the Sony Classics Pictures film Darling Companion, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer.
“We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” remarked SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
In DARLING COMPANION, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.
Venue: Arlington Theatre.  Website
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