Santa Barbara International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
SINCE: 1986
WHERE: Santa Barbara, CA
WEBSITE: www.sbiff.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attracts more than 90,000 attendees.

U.S. Premiere of Desert Dancer to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival + Festival to Honor the Cousteau Family and Michael Keaton

U.S. Premiere of Desert Dancer to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival + Festival to Honor the Cousteau Family and Michael Keaton

Desert DancerDesert Dancer

The 30th Anniversary edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of 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.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Fest to Open with World Premiere of MISSION BLUE

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Fest to Open with World Premiere of MISSION BLUE

2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), taking place Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014, announced its line-up for 2014. SBIFF 2014 will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the World Premiere of MISSION BLUE, directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens. On Closing Night, SBIFF will present the critically acclaimed BEFORE TRILOGY: BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET and BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announce Winners, Babygirl Wins Independent Cinema Award

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announce Winners, Babygirl Wins Independent Cinema Award

BABYGIRL

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, announced the winners of the 2013 festival competition.  The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to BABYGIRL, directed by Macdara Vallely. A Puerto Rican girl in the Bronx sets a trap to expose her mother’s boyfriend as the creep she thinks he is. 

The other winning films of the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival include

15 Films added to 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival line-up

15 Films added to 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival line-up

A Royal Affair

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 24, 2013, 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:

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

Wasteland

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), begins Thursday, January 24 and continues through Sunday, February 3, 2013, announced its film line-up for 2013. 

SBIFF 2013 will kick off with the U.S. Premiere of 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. Disconnect holds a mirror up to our community and our obsession with all things technical. The story introduces us to a vast collection of characters: A lawyer, an estranged couple, a widowed ex-cop and an ambitious journalist who are all strangers, neighbors and colleagues whose stories collide in this compelling drama about ordinary people desperate for a human connection. Filmed with a somewhat voyeuristic style, Disconnect marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern. 

On Closing Night, SBIFF will present the U.S. Premiere of Wasteland, written and directed by Rowan Athale, marking his feature directing debut, and starring Matthew Lewis, Timothy Spall and Iwan Rheon. In this exhilarating heist thriller, a young ex-con hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild — and risky — revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin. 

SBIFF will present an International Gala Screening of Pablo Larraín’s film, “No,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The film, which is about an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum, was a favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and winner of their Art Cinema Award. Director Pablo Larraín and Gael Garcia Bernal will attend.

Below is the list of World and US Premiere films, followed by the list of titles by sidebar category. 

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

  The 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in its 28th year, will honor Academy Award® nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award. DiCaprio, whose latest film Django Unchained was released to critical acclaim and box office success this Christmas, will be honored on Friday, February 1 at the Arlington Theatre. “We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another […]

Disconnect Starring Jason Bateman to Open 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Disconnect Starring Jason Bateman to Open 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), will open the 2013 Festival 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. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 24, 2013, with director and cast expected to attend. “Disconnect is a visceral and timely film […]

Academy Award Winning Actor Daniel Day-Lewis to be Honored at 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Academy Award Winning Actor Daniel Day-Lewis to be Honored at 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  Two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis will be honored with the prestigious Montecito Award at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on behalf of his inspirational performance in the title role of Lincoln, and as a celebration of his overall career. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 24 – February 3, 2013. “Daniel Day-Lewis continues to inspire the industry and the public by his approach to tackling the most complex of characters and delivering […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor award winning actor Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31, 2013. She will be honored for her exceptional performance in this year’s The Master with a tribute at the 28th edition of the Festival, which runs January 24 – February 3, 2013. Adams, a three- time Academy Award® nominee and just awarded Best Supporting Actress by the L.A. Film Critics Association, portrayed […]

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Actors Ben Affleck, and Robert DeNiro to be Honored at 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Actors Ben Affleck, and Robert DeNiro to be Honored at 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, director, producer and actor Ben Affleck, and actor Robert DeNiro at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013. Lawrence will be presented with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award celebrating her performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany, […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival 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 […]

Indie Film Up There Among Winners of 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Indie Film Up There Among Winners of 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2012 festival competition and awarded UP THERE, directed by Zam Salim won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema. The winning films are as follows: The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to UP THERE, directed by Zam Salim, about Martin, whois stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming […]

The Samaritan starring Samuel L Jackson Added to 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Samaritan starring Samuel L Jackson Added to 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival which takes place January 26 through February 5, announced the addition of the World Premiere of THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, to the program as a Gala Presentation. The red carpet Gala event will take place on Sunday, January 29, at 7pm at the Lobero Theatre. Produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai, The […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils its 2012 Lineup

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils its 2012 Lineup

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced its line-up for 2012. The Festival begins Thursday, January 26 and continues through Sunday, February 5, 2012. “Our program this year reflects invigorating change,” remarks SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “When I joined SBIFF ten years ago, I set out to bring the festival’s program and its sidebars to reflect the city of Santa Barbara as a city, and its community. This year we’ve taken that concept […]

Demián Bichir of A Better Life Among Performers to be Honored by SBIFF with 2012 Virtuosos Award

Demián Bichir of A Better Life Among Performers to be Honored by SBIFF with 2012 Virtuosos Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers with The 2012 Virtuosos Award. The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are: Demián Bichir for his earnest portrayal as Carlos, a virtuous father struggling to provide for his son in A Better Life; Rooney Mara for her dark and provocative performance as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Melissa McCarthy […]

Diane Keaton’s Darling Companion to open 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Diane Keaton’s Darling Companion to open 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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 will open the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5, 2012). “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,” […]