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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


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28th SBIFF, from January 24-February 3rd

The 2013 SBIFF runs from Jan 24th-Feb 3rd. It is arguably one of the most important international film festivals as it takes place every year just before the Oscars. The festival showcases domestic premiers and award-winning films from around the world and hosts multiple award ceremonies with some of the film industry's most talented artists, many of whom are up for Academy Awards. It is a fantastic festival to discover new films from around the world as well as watch your favorite stars give master classes or sit on panel receiving awards for greatness in their careers. This is certainly one of the industry's most eclectic festivals, and one of a kind.

After all, where else can I have a day like the one I had yesterday? I began the day with a filmmakers gourmet breakfast on Stearn's Wharf over the stunning Santa Barbara beach, sat in on a director's panel with some of Hollywood's most venerated directors, then did the same for some of Hollywood's most illustrious screenwriters, screened a documentary film about wine (A YEAR IN BURGUNDY, 2012) with free wine tastings to follow, screened a domestic premier of an Oscar nominated film ('NO', 2012) and then watched my favorite actor in the world (Daniel Day Lewis) sit on panel for three hours as he discussed his lifetime of work in cinema up-close-and-personal just days before he is about to make history and win a third Academy Award for Best Actor? ... Where else but at SBIFF?!

 

-Written by Vanessa McMahon, January 27th, 2013

**Stay tuned for festival news, film reiews and interviews coming up!

Read here to see this year's outstanding lineup of festival attendees: http://sbiff.org/

 

Actor Ben Affleck receiving the 'Modern Master' Award on January 25th, 2013. 

Ben Affleck at 28th SBIFF Ben Affleck at 28th SBIFF

photos by Benjamin Schwartz. 

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