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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.


Ben Affleck honored as a "Modern Master" at 28th SBIFF

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

On Friday 25th January, actor Ben Affleck received the 'Modern Masters Award' in Santa Barbara during the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theater for excellence and outstanding achievement in his prolific career as actor/writer/producer/director and for the recent grand achievement of 'Argo' (2012).

Affleck's best friend since childhood, Matt Damon, presented the award to him after making a moving speech about his pride for having shared so much of his journey with Ben as well as for his most recent success on his Oscar-worthy film 'Argo'. The two have been friends since childhood and have been on the journey together from the start of their acting careers when they were only 14 years-old in NY when all they had was each other and the NY stage.

As an audience of 2000 looked on, tears were shed when Matt handed Ben the award. Ben said this of his success: "The most important thing I've learned is that mastery is only through partnership."

Written by Vanessa McMahon

The 28th SBIFF runs from 24 Jan-3rd Feb. For information, log onto:



Ben Affleck with moderator Leonard Maltin at 28th SBIFF. Ben Affleck at 28th SBIFF

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

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

All photos by Benjamin Schwartz.

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